Elementary Education (BSEd)

Program of Study

Core IMPACTS Area : Institutional Priorities 14-5
Choose one of the following communication options3
Public Speaking
Foreign Language Course Options
AMSL, ARAB, CHIN, FREN, GERM, GREK, ITAL, JAPN, KREN, LATIN, PORT, SPAN - 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002; SWAH - 1001, 1002.
Take one of the following courses1-2
Scholarship Across the Disciplines
Introduction to Servant Leadership
Perspectives 1-hour
Perspectives 2-hour
Core IMPACTS Area : Mathematics & Quantitative Skills 13-7
DATA 1501Introduction to Data Science 3
MATH 1001Quantitative Skills and Reasoning3
MATH 1101Introduction to Mathematical Modeling3
MATH 1111College Algebra3
MATH 1113Pre-Calculus4
MATH 1125Applied Calculus3
MATH 1131Calculus with Analytic Geometry I4
MATH 1132Calculus with Analytic Geometry II4
MATH 1165Computer-Assisted Problem Solving3
MATH 1401Introduction to Statistics3
MATH 1501Calculus I4
MATH 2125Introduction to Discrete Mathematics3
STAT 1401Elementary Statistics3
Core IMPACTS Area : Political Science and U.S. History 6
HIST 2111U. S. History to 18653
or HIST 2112 U. S. History since 1865
POLS 1101American Government3
Core IMPACTS Area : Arts, Humanities, and Ethics 6
Select one Fine Arts course3
Art Appreciation
Introduction to the History of Art I– Prehistoric through Gothic
Introduction to the History of Art II– Renaissance through Modern
Music Appreciation
Theatre Appreciation
Comparative Arts 2
Select one Humanities course3
World Literature I
World Literature II
The Western Intellectual Tradition
Introduction to Digital Humanities
Introduction to Philosophy
Comparative Arts 2
Core IMPACTS Area : Communicating in Writing 6
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
Core IMPACTS Area : Technology, Mathematics, and Sciences 1,37-11
ANTH 1145Human Origins3
ASTR 1105Descriptive Astronomy: The Solar System3
ASTR 1106Descriptive Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies3
ASTR 1305Descriptive Astronomy Lab1
ATSC 1112Understanding the Weather3
ATSC 1112LUnderstanding the Weather Lab1
BIOL 1125Contemporary Issues in Biology Non-Lab3
BIOL 1215KIntroductory Biology4
BIOL 1225KContemporary Issues in Biology with Lab4
CHEM 1151
Survey of Chemistry I
and Survey of Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 1152
Survey of Chemistry II
and Survey of Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 1211
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 1212
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
CPSC 1105Introduction to Computing Principles and Technology3
CPSC 1301KComputer Science I4
ENVS 1105Environmental Studies3
ENVS 1105LEnvironmental Studies Laboratory1
ENVS 1205KSustainability and the Environment4
GEOG 2215Introduction to the Geographic Information Systems3
GEOL 1110Natural Disasters: Our Hazardous Environment3
GEOL 1121Introductory Geoscience I: Physical Geology3
GEOL 1121LIntroductory Geoscience I: Physical Geology Lab1
GEOL 1122Introductory Geo-sciences II: Historical Geology3
GEOL 1322Introductory Geo-sciences II: Historical Geology Lab1
GEOL 2225The Fossil Record4
PHYS 1111
PHYS 1311
Introductory Physics I
and Introductory Physics I Lab
PHYS 1112
PHYS 1312
Introductory Physics II
and Introductory Physics II Lab
PHYS 1125Physics of Color and Sound3
PHYS 1325Physics of Color and Sound Lab1
PHYS 2211
PHYS 2311
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics I Lab
PHYS 2212
PHYS 2312
Principles of Physics II
and Principles of Physics II Lab
Core IMPACTS Area : Social Sciences6
Select one Behavioral Science course
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Moral Philosophy
Introduction to General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Select one World Cultures course3
Discovering Archaeology
Cultural Anthropology
Ancient World Civilizations
Language and Culture
Language and Culture
World Regional Geography
World History to 1500
World History since 1500
Understanding Non-Western Cultures
Core IMPACTS Total Hours42
Health and Wellness3
KINS 1106Lifetime Wellness2
or PHED 1205 Concepts of Fitness
Select one of the following1
Any PEDS course
Body Mapping (Music Majors Only)

The hours applied in the Institutional Priorities; Mathematics & Quantitative Skills; and Technology, Mathematics, and Sciences areas must add to 18 credit hours. 


ITDS 1145 Comparative Arts, though listed under both Fine Arts and Humanities, may be taken only once. 


At least 4 of the credit hours in this area must be in a lab science course.

Major Requirements

Core Requirements
Complete the core requirements for this program45
Core Total0
Field of Study Requirements
Minimum grade of C is required
EDUC 2120Exploring Socio-Cultural Contexts on Diversity in Educational Settings3
EDUC 2130Exploring Learning and Teaching3
EDUC 2140Foundations of Reading, Literacy, and Language3
ISCI 2001Life and Earth Science3
ISCI 2002Physical Science3
MATH 2008Foundations of Numbers and Operations3
Field of Study Requirements Total18
Required for the Major
Minimum grade of C is required
May only attempt each course two times
ELEM 2000Induction into Elementary Education0
EDRG 2156Diverse Children’s Literature2
SPED 2256Introduction to the Exceptional Learner in General Education (Students must earn a grade of B or better in order to be certified to teach in the state of Georgia.)3
Block 1:
ELEM 3255STEAM Education for Young Children3
ELEM 4155Cognitive and Language Development in Elementary Education2
EDRG 3216Teaching Children to Read3
MAED 5131UAlgebra & Proportionality3
KINS 3218Developing Movement Skills in Elementary Education3
Block 2:
ELEM 3256Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment4
ELEM 4217Teaching Language Arts in Elementary Education4
EDRG 4218Reading in the Content Areas: Concentration in Social Studies3
MAED 5133UUnderstanding Geometry and Measurement3
Block 3:
ELEM 4235Science in Elementary Education4
ELEM 4247Math in Elementary Education4
EDRG 4220Diagnostic Assessment and Prescriptive Reading Instruction4
MAED 5132UUnderstanding Data Analysis and Probability3
Student Teaching Experience:
EDCI 4485Student Teaching10
EDUF 4115Classroom Management2
Required for the Major Total60
Total Credit Hours123

Program Map

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
ENGL 1101 English Composition I (minimum grade of C) 3
Mathematics and Quantitative SkillsMATH 1001 Quantitative Skills and Reasoning (or higher level math class) (minimum grade of C) 1 3
Technology, Mathematics, and SciencesScience with a Lab (minimum grade of C) 1 4
EDUC 2130 Exploring Learning and Teaching (minimum grade of C) 3
Arts, Humanities, and EthicsFine Arts 3
 Credit Hours16
Technology, Mathemtics, and SciencesScience without a Lab (minimum grade of C) 1 3
Technology, Mathematics, and SciencesMath/Tech/Science (preferred class is CPSC 1105 Introduction to Information Technology)(minimum grade of C) 1 3
ENGL 1102 English Composition II (minimum grade of C) 3
EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical & Contemporary Issues in Education (minimum grade of C) 3
EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio-Cultural Contexts on Diversity in Educational Settings (minimum grade of C) 3
Institutional Priorities ITDS 1779 (2), LEAD 1705 (2), PERS 1506 (1; may be repeated with different topic), PERS 1507 (2) 2
 Credit Hours17
Second Year
ISCI 2002 Physical Science (minimum grade of C) 3
Arts, Humanities, and EthicsHumanities 3
POLS 1101 American Government 3
HIST 2111
U. S. History to 1865
or U. S. History since 1865
Social SciencesWorld Culture 3
Institutional PrioritiesCOMM 1110 Public Speaking or foreign language 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002 3
 Credit Hours18
ISCI 2001 Life and Earth Science (minimum grade of C) 3
KINS 1106
Lifetime Wellness
or Concepts of Fitness
MATH 2008 Foundations of Numbers and Operations (minimum grade of C) 3
Social SciencesBehavioral Science 3
ELEM 2000 Induction into Elementary Education 2 0
EDRG 2156 Diverse Children’s Literature 2
Health and WellnessPEDS 1
SPED 2256 Introduction to the Exceptional Learner in General Education (minimum grade of C; see note below) 3
There is a recent rule change for certification from the GaPSC. As of July 1, 2019, students must make a B or higher in the Exceptional Children's course. The course could be any of the following depending on your major: SPED 2256, EDCI 6228, KINS 4245, SPED 4115, PHED 6219 This rule change will not affect your graduation but you cannot become a certified educator with the state of Georgia until you receive the grade of B or higher in this course.
 Credit Hours17
Third Year
Requires Admission to Teacher Education  
ELEM 3255 STEAM Education for Young Children (minimum grade of C) 3
ELEM 4155 Cognitive and Language Development in Elementary Education (minimum grade of C) 2
EDRG 3215 Teaching Children to Read (minimum grade of C) 3
MAED 5131U Algebra & Proportionality (minimum grade of C) 3
KINS 3218 Developing Movement Skills in Elementary Education (minimum grade of C) 3
 Credit Hours14
ELEM 3256 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (minimum grade of C) 4
ELEM 4217 Teaching Language Arts in Elementary Education (minimum grade of C) 4
EDRG 4218 Reading in the Content Areas: Concentration in Social Studies (minimum grade of C) 3
MAED 5133U Understanding Geometry and Measurement (minimum grade of C) 3
 Credit Hours14
Fourth Year
ELEM 4235 Science in Elementary Education (minimum grade of C) 4
ELEM 4247 Math in Elementary Education (minimum grade of C) 4
EDRG 4219 Diagnostic Assessment and Prescriptive Reading Instruction (minimum grade of C) 4
MAED 5132U Understanding Data Analysis and Probability (minimum grade of C) 3
 Credit Hours15
EDCI 4485 Student Teaching 10
EDUF 4115 Classroom Management (minimum grade of C) 2
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours123

C or better is a pre-requisite for ISCI 2001 Life and Earth Science and ISCI 2002 Physical Science.


ELEM 2000 Induction into Elementary Education is co-requisite of EDRG 2156 Diverse Children’s Literature.

Admission Requirements

During the sophomore year, students intending to complete a teacher education program make formal application to the teacher education program. Normally, this occurs after the student has completed three semesters of full-time course work. Admission to Teacher Education is completed through TK20.  For further information please go to https://cqtl.columbusstate.edu/teacher-education.php.

Additional Program Requirements

A review of student records is conducted each semester to determine whether a student is eligible to continue in the Teacher Education Program. Retention is based on the following:

  • Maintain a CSU and Overall 2.50 GPA. If the grade point average falls below the requirement, the student has one semester to raise his/her GPA. Students who do not meet the GPA requirements after that semester must take additional courses other than the ones required for admission to teacher education.
  • Students must earn not less than a C in field and professional courses. Only 10 percent of the professional and field courses may be repeated at CSU or another accredited college. Correspondence courses will not be accepted in field or professional courses.
  • Students who fail to complete a degree program after three years from date of admission to Teacher Education will be excluded from the program and required to re-apply under current admission policies.

To be eligible for CSU's recommendation for a Georgia professional teaching certificate, students must complete a rigorous program of coursework. They also must meet certain other criteria required by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Please contact CSU Advise at  706-507-8780 or by email at academic_advising@columbusstate.edu