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Teacher Preparation

So you want to be a teacher? Do you want to teach really young children? Middle school students? Or does the idea of working with high school kids have an appeal? Many believe that teaching is the most important profession you can choose. Teachers pass on knowledge to children; they help shape their values; they get them ready for life. Almost all adults have memories and stories about a teacher or teachers who changed their lives. At MTSU, you can take the important first steps to this rewarding career by choosing to major in Interdisciplinary Studies (grades K-6 or grades 4-8) in the Department of Elementary and Special Education. Students who wish to teach grades 7-12 can check that out with the Womack Department of Educational Leadership.

Ready2Teach

Ready2Teach

The best place to learn about teaching is in the classroom. That’s the basic principle of Ready2Teach. Rather than waiting until the last year of a four-year program for student teaching, Ready2Teach participants take part in pre-residency practices. During the final year of the program, teacher candidates engage in a clinical Residency 1 experience with extended time in actual school settings before completing the full-time Residency 2 student teaching experience the following semester. In accompanying seminars, they look at problem-based learning cases relating directly to real-world teaching. Working under mentor teachers, master clinicians, and university faculty, students gain content knowledge and teaching skills. They find out early in their studies how they respond to the challenges of teaching and can truly be ready when they get to their ownclassrooms.

Project Engage does just that!

Project Engage does just that!

Combining teaching skills with innovative technology, Dr. Becky Alexander, an elementary education assistant professor, and five of her MTSU students provided the inspiration behind Project Engage, which features iPads loaded with applications encouraging educational growth in an elementary setting. Observing a first grade class in a Cannon County school, the group looked at ways to improve the children’s educational experience. A technology grant made iPads a reality, and the collaborative effort, which includes Dr. Charlene True and Dr. Charles Milligan, both members of Womack Department of Educational Leadership, began. Project Engage includes workstations, blogs between teacher candidates and the first graders, and shared book reading. Not only is learning enhanced but the teacher candidates gain experience, and doors are opened to future developments. “Technology is still secondary to how children learn,” Alexander says, adding that determining and meeting children’s needs come first.

Individuals trained to teach bring a desirable range of expertise and creativity to planning and administrative roles. Graduates completing their teacher preparation at MTSU are found in public and private school classrooms throughout Tennessee and in many other states. In addition to classroom teaching, other career options include

  • Agency and administrative work
  • Community and foundation work
  • Consulting, professional development, and teacher training
  • Education policy development
  • Education marketing and research
  • Higher education teaching and administration
  • Private tutoring


Among the employers of MTSU alumni are

  • Anderson County Schools
  • Bedford County Schools
  • Cannon County Schools
  • Carroll County Schools
  • Cheatham Co Schools
  • Coffee County Schools
  • Collierville Christian Academy
  • Crockett County Schools
  • Cumberland County Schools
  • DeKalb County Schools
  • Dickson County Schools
  • Dyer County Schools
  • Fayette County Schools
  • Fayetteville City Schools
  • Franklin Special School District
  • Giles County Schools
  • Grundy County Schools
  • Hamilton County Schools
  • Hardeman County Schools
  • Hickman County Schools
  • Kids Connection
  • Knox County Schools
  • Lawrence County Schools
  • Lebanon Special School District
  • Lewis County Schools
  • Lincoln County Schools
  • Macon County Schools
  • Madison County Schools
  • Manchester City Schools
  • Marion County Schools
  • Marshall County Schools
  • Maury County Schools
  • McNairy County Schools
  • Memphis and Shelby County Schools
  • Metro Action Commission, Nashville
  • Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
  • Middle Tennessee Christian School, Murfreesboro
  • Montgomery County Schools
  • Moore County Schools
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • Perry County Schools
  • Providence Christian Academy, Murfreesboro
  • Robertson County Schools
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Sequatchie County Schools
  • Sumner County Schools
  • The Webb School, Bell Buckle
  • Trousdale County Schools
  • Tullahoma City Schools,
  • Warren County Schools
  • Wayne County Schools
  • White County Schools
  • Williamson County Schools
  • Wilson County Schools

Dr. Becky Alexander
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Dr. Alyson Bass
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Dr. Robin Blackman
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Dr. Beverly Boulware
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Dr. Kathy Burriss
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Students who wish to prepare themselves for careers as teachers must make formal application for admission to the teacher education program. Applications must be submitted no later than the second semester of the sophomore year. Students who transfer to MTSU after the completion of their sophomore years, or with more than 45 semester hours of credit, must make application during their first semester of residence. To be formally admitted to the teacher education program, candidates must

  1. complete the admission application;
  2. have acceptable scores on the ACT, SAT, or the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Tests as set by the Tennessee State Board of Education;
  3. complete at least 45 semester hours with at least 6 semester hours at MTSU;
  4. have an overall grade point average of 2.75; (Grades earned in basic, learning support, and university studies courses are not used in computation of the required average.);
  5. have three favorable professional interviews;
  6. have disciplinary clearance from MTSU Office of Judicial Affairs and Mediation Services;
  7. complete a background/fingerprinting check.

Students with a passion for teaching will earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies, choosing a teaching level of grades K–6 or 4–8.

Students wishing to teach in secondary schools must complete a major in the subject they wish to teach and a minor in Secondary Education in the Womack Department of Educational Leadership. Directed teaching and applying for and receiving teacher licensure complete the preparation process.

Other undergraduate majors offered in the Department of Elementary and Special Education and leading to a B.S. include Early Childhood Education (grades Prek-3) and Special Education. Thosemajoring in Special Education may choose between the modified program, K-12 (for individuals with mild/moderate disabilities), or comprehensive program, K-12 (for individuals with severe/profound disabilities).

An undergraduate minor in Special Education is available.

Graduate degrees available through the Department of Elementary and Special Education include the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree with majors in Special Education with three concentrations: Mildly/Moderately Disabled, Preschool Disabled, and Severely/Profoundly Disabled; Curriculum and Instruction with three concentrations: Early Childhood, Elementary School Education, and Middle School Education; and Literacy.

An M.Ed. also is offered through the Regents Online Degree Program (ROPD) with a major in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Early and Middle Childhood/Literacy: Reading-Language Arts.

A Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree is available under the Curriculum and Instruction major with a concentration in Elementary Education.

Graduate minors are offered in Special Education, Reading, and Curriculum and Instruction.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Literacy Studies and the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Assessment, Learning, and School Improvement are available in the College of Education.

 

Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 4–8, English) Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 4–8, Math) Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 4–8, Science) Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 4–8, Social Studies) Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades K-6) 

The sample schedule below is based on the current undergraduate catalog. It is not a substitute for academic advisement. Contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements or consult the undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives.

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years. (Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.)

NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map. Missing milestones could delay your program.

Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 4–8, English) Academic Map

Department of Elementary and Special Education
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
BIOL 1030/1031 or PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4  EESE 10112
MATH 1010 or MATH 1710 (Math)3  HLTH 1530/1531 (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
EESE 10102  BIOL 1030/1031 or PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  MATH 14203 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  GEOG 2000 (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
MATH 14103  PSY 23003 
ANTH 2010 or COMM 35603  SPED 30103 
    ELED 21001Apply for admission to teacher education.
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL16 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
HLTH 43003  READ 40356 
BIOL 3000 or PSCI 40304Prereq for PSCI 4030: PSCI 1030/1031 ELED 31503Prereq: Adm. to teacher ed; MATH 1010 or 1710; MATH 1410 and 1420
ENGL 3340, 3360, 3365, or 47503See advisor* ELED 33003 
ENGL 3645, 3740, 3755, or 37603See advisor* ENGL 3840, 3850, or 38853See advisor*
ENGL 35103    
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
ELED 4350**6See catalog for prereqs. ELED 411012 
ELED 4410**4    
READ 4130**3    
ELED 4340**3    
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL12 
*NOTE: See advisor for approval for highly qualified English courses.
**NOTE: Residency I students select a specific Residency I section and sign up for all corresponding classes in that section. Classes may not be selected from multiple sections.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN SUMMER
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  HLTH 1530/1531 (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
BIOL 1030/1031 or PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
MATH 1010 or MATH 1710 (Math)3  EESE 10112
EESE 10102  BIOL 1030/1031 or PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  SPED 30103 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  MATH 14203 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  GEOG 2000 (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
MATH 14103  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
ANTH 2010 or COMM 35603  PSY 23003
    ELED 21001Apply for admission to teacher education.
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL13 
JUNIOR SUMMER
BIOL 3000 or PSCI 40304Prereq for PSCI 4030: PSCI 1030/1031 ELED 33003 
SUBTOTAL4  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
HLTH 43003  READ 40356 
ENGL 3340, 3360, 3365, or 47503See advisor* ELED 31503Prereq: Adm. to teacher ed; MATH 1010 or 1710; MATH 1410/1420
ENGL 3645, 3740, 3755, or 37603See advisor* ENGL 3840, 3850, or 38853See advisor*
ENGL 35103     
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
ELED 4350**6See catalog for prereqs. ELED 411012 
READ 4130**3    
ELED 4340**3     
ELED 4410**4     
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL12 
*NOTE: See advisor for approval for highly qualified English courses.
**NOTE: Residency I students select a specific Residency I section and sign up for all corresponding classes in that section. Classes may not be selected from multiple sections.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.



Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 4–8, Math) Academic Map

Department of Elementary and Special Education
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
BIOL 1030/1031 or PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4  EESE 10112
MATH 1710 (Math)3  MATH 14103 
EESE 10102  BIOL 1030/1031 or PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  GEOG 2000 (Soc/Beh Sci) 3 
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  MATH 3300, MATH 3310 , or MATH 4010*3See note below.
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
MATH 14203  HLTH 1530/1531 (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
MATH 15303  SPED 30103 
ELED 21001  Apply for admission to teacher education.
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL15 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
ANTH 2010 or COMM 35603  READ 40356 
BIOL 3000 or PSCI 40304Prereq for PSCI 4030: PSCI 1030/1031 MATH 33203 
MATH 3300, MATH 3310, or MATH 4010*3See note below. ELED 33003 
ELED 31503Prereq: Adm. to teacher ed; MATH 1010 or 1710; MATH 1410 and 1420 MATH 3300, MATH 3310, or MATH 4010*3See note below.
HLTH 43003     
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
ELED 4350**6See catalog for prereqs. ELED 411012 
ELED 4410**4    
READ 4130**3     
ELED 4340**3    
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL12 
*NOTE: Courses offered in rotation. Choose available course as offered.
**NOTE: Residency I students select a specific Residency I section and sign up for all corresponding classes in that section. Classes may not be selected from multiple sections.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN SUMMER
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
BIOL 1030/1031 or PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4  EESE 10112 
MATH 1710 (Math)3  MATH 14103
EESE 10102  BIOL 1030/1031 or PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  SPED 30103 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  MATH 3300, MATH 3310, or MATH 4010*3See note below.
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  GEOG 2000 (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
MATH 14203  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
MATH 15303  HLTH 1530/1531 (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
ELED 21001    Apply for admission to teacher education.
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR SUMMER
BIOL 3000 or PSCI 40304Prereq for PSCI 4030: PSCI 1030/1031 ELED 33003 
SUBTOTAL4  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
ANTH 2010 or COMM 35603  READ 40356 
MATH 3300, MATH 3310, or MATH 4010*3See note below. MATH 33203 
ELED 31503Prereq: Adm. to teacher ed; MATH 1010 or 1710; MATH 1410 and 1420 MATH 3300, MATH 3310, or MATH 4010*3See note below.
HLTH 43003    
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
ELED 4350**6See catalog for prereqs. ELED 411012 
READ 4130**3    
ELED 4340**3    
ELED 4410**4     
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL12 
*NOTE: Courses offered in rotation. Choose available course as offered.
**NOTE: Residency I students select a specific Residency I section and sign up for all corresponding classes in that section. Classes may not be selected from multiple sections.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.



Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 4–8, Science) Academic Map

Department of Elementary and Special Education
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
BIOL 1030/1031 or PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4  EESE 10112
MATH 1010 or MATH 1710 (Math)3  HLTH 1530/1531 (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
EESE 10102  BIOL 1030/1031 or PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  MATH 14203 
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  GEOG 2000 (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
MATH 14103  PSY 23003 
ASTR 1030/10314  SPED 30103Apply for admission to teacher education.
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL15 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
ANTH 2010 or COMM 35603  READ 40356 
BIOL 3000 or PSCI 40304Prereq for PSCI 4030: PSCI 1030/1031 ELED 31503Prereq: Adm. to teacher ed; MATH 1010 or 1710; MATH 1410 and 1420
GEOL 1030/10314  ELED 33003 
HLTH 43003  BIOL 3000 or PSCI 40304Prereq for PSCI 4030: PSCI 1030/1031
ELED 2100 1Middle school
experiential learning    
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL16 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
ELED 4350*6See catalog for prereqs. ELED 411012 
ELED 4410*4    
READ 4130*3     
ELED 4340*3    
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL12 
*NOTE: Residency I students select a specific Residency I section and sign up for all corresponding classes in that section. Classes may not be
selected from multiple sections.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN SUMMER
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  HLTH 1530/1531 (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
BIOL 1030/1031 or PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
MATH 1010 or MATH 1710 (Math)3  EESE 10112
EESE 10102  BIOL 1030/1031 or PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  SPED 30103 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  MATH 14203 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  GEOG 2000 (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
MATH 14103  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
ASTR 1030/10314  PSY 23003Apply for admission to teacher education.
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR SUMMER
HLTH 43003  ELED 33003 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
ANTH 2010 or COMM 35603  READ 40356 
GEOL 1030/10314  ELED 31503Prereq: Adm. to teacher ed; MATH 1010 or 1710; MATH 1410 and 1420
BIOL 3000 or PSCI 40304Prereq for PSCI 4030: PSCI 1030/1031 BIOL 3000 or PSCI 40304Prereq for PSCI 4030: PSCI 1030/1031
ELED 21001Middle school
experiential learning   
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL13 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
ELED 4350*6See catalog for prereqs. ELED 411012 
READ 4130*3     
ELED 4340*3     
ELED 4410*4     
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL12 
*NOTE: Residency I students select a specific Residency I section and sign up for all corresponding classes in that section. Classes may not be
selected from multiple sections.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.



Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 4–8, Social Studies) Academic Map

Department of Elementary and Special Education
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  HLTH 1530/1531 (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
BIOL 1030/1031 or PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3
MATH 1010 or MATH 1710 (Math)3  BIOL 1030/1031 or PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4 
EESE 10102  EESE 10112 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  MATH 14203 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  GEOG 2000 (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
MATH 14103  ELED 21001 
ANTH 2010 or COMM 35603  PSY 23003 
    SPED 30103Apply for admission to teacher education.
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL16 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
HIST 1010, 1020, 2040, or 20503Meets 4-8 history thread; avoid duplication; see advisor. ANTH 2230, 3210, 3515; PS 1005, 1010; SOC 2105 or 42403Meets 4-8 social sciences thread; avoid duplication; see advisor.
BIOL 3000 or PSCI 40304Prereq for PSCI 4030: PSCI 1030/1031 ELED 33003 
GEOG 3120, 3410, 4340, or 45403Meets 4-8 geography thread; avoid duplication; see advisor. ELED 31503Prereq: Adm. to teacher ed; MATH 1010 or 1710; MATH 1410 and 1420
HLTH 43003  READ 40356 
ENGL 35103    
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
ELED 4350*6See catalog for prereqs. ELED 411012 
ELED 4410*4    
READ 4130*3    
ELED 4340*3    
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL12 
*NOTE: Residency I students select a specific Residency I section and sign up for all corresponding classes in that section. Classes may not be
selected from multiple sections.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN SUMMER
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  HLTH 1530/1531 (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
BIOL 1030/1031 or PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
MATH 1010 or MATH 1710 (Math)3  EESE 10112
EESE 10102  BIOL 1030/1031 or PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  SPED 30103 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  MATH 14203 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  GEOG 2000 (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
MATH 14103  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
ANTH 2010 or COMM 35603  ELED 21001 
    PSY 23003Apply for admission to teacher education.
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL13 
JUNIOR SUMMER
BIOL 3000 or PSCI 40304Prereq for PSCI 4030: PSCI 1030/1031 ELED 33003 
SUBTOTAL4  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
HIST 1010, 1020, 2040, or 20503Meets 4-8 history thread; avoid duplication; see advisor. READ 40356 
GEOG 3120, 3410, 4340, or 45403Meets 4-8 geography thread; avoid duplication; see advisor. ELED 31503Prereq: Adm. to teacher ed; MATH 1010 or 1710; MATH 1410 and 1420
HLTH 43003  ANTH 2230, 3210, 3515; PS 1005, PS 1010; SOC 2105 or 42403Meets 4-8 social sciences thread; avoid duplication; see advisor.
ENGL 35103    
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
ELED 4350*6See catalog for prereqs. ELED 411012 
READ 4130*3    
ELED 4340*3    
ELED 4410*4     
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL12 
*NOTE: Residency I students select a specific Residency I section and sign up for all corresponding classes in that section. Classes may not be
selected from multiple sections.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.



Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades K-6) Academic Map

Department of Elementary and Special Education
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
BIOL 1030/1031 or PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4  EESE 10112
MATH 1010 or 1710 (Math)3  HLTH 1530/1531 (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
EESE 10102  BIOL 1030/1031 or PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  MATH 14203 
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  GEOG 2000 (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
ANTH 2010 or COMM 35603  PSY 23003 
MATH 14103  SPED 30103 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15Apply for admission to teacher education.
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
ENGL 35103  READ 40156 
BIOL 3000 or PSCI 4030 4Prereq for PSCI 4030: PSCI 1030/1031 ELED 31503Prereq: Adm. to teacher ed; MATH 1010 or 1710; MATH 1410 and 1420
ART 3200, MUED 3210, THEA 3600, or CDIS 3250 3  ELED 33003 
ENGL 3740 or LIBS 41503  BIOL 3000 or PSCI 40304Prereq for PSCI 4030: PSCI 1030/1031
HLTH 43003     
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL16 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
ELED 4350*6See catalog for prereqs. ELED 411012 
ELED 4410*4    
READ 4130*3     
ELED 4340*3     
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL12 
*NOTE: Residency I students select a specific Residency I section and sign up for all corresponding classes in that section. Classes may not be selected from multiple sections.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN SUMMER
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  HLTH 1530/1531 (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
BIOL 1030/1031 or PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
MATH 1010 or MATH 1710 (Math)3  EESE 10112
EESE 10102  BIOL 1030/1031 or PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  SPED 30103 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  MATH 14203 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  GEOG 2000 (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
ANTH 2010 or COMM 35603  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
MATH 14103  PSY 23003 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12Apply for admission to teacher education.
JUNIOR SUMMER
BIOL 3000 or PSCI 40304Prereq for PSCI 4030: PSCI 1030/1031 ELED 33003 
SUBTOTAL4   3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
ENGL 35103  READ 40156 
ART 3200, MUED 3210, THEA 3600, or CDIS 32503  ELED 31503Prereq: Adm. to teacher ed; MATH 1010 or 1710; MATH 1410 and 1420
ENGL 3740 or LIBS 41503  BIOL 3000 or PSCI 40304Prereq for PSCI 4030: PSCI 1030/1031
HLTH 43003    
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL13 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
ELED 4350*6See catalog for prereqs. ELED 411012 
READ 4130*3    
ELED 4340*3    
ELED 4410*4     
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL12 
*NOTE: Residency I students select a specific Residency I section and sign up for all corresponding classes in that section. Classes may not be selected from multiple sections.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

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Elementary Education

ELED 1001 - Becoming a Paraprofessional Literacy Tutor
1 credit hour
Overview of the effective components of literacy tutoring. Six modules cover the important aspects of literacy instruction as defined by the Common Core Standards. Modules will be delivered in an online format while instructional practice will take place in onsite sessions. Offers preparation to individuals without an educational background to deliver high quality literacy instruction.

ELED 2100 - Middle School Experiential Learning
1 credit hour
Students, under the supervision of an Elementary and Special Education Department faculty member and a partnering teacher, serve as a facilitator in a middle school classroom. May not be used to satisfy Residency I or Residency II requirements. May be repeated up to a total of four times.

ELED 3150 - Mathematics Methodology
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; MATH 1010 or MATH 1710, MATH 1410, and MATH 1420. Offers preparation to pre-service elementary and middle school teachers for teaching mathematics.

ELED 3300 - Digital Learning in the Elementary Classroom, K-8
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education program. Develops an understanding of the digital landscape and implications for the future of education. Explores the characteristics of a digital learner and how teaching strategies can be enhanced to support their learning experiences.

ELED 3330 - Instructional Design and Technology in the Middle Grade
3 credit hours
Principles of instructional design with an emphasis on the integration and use of instructional technology to promote effective classroom instruction. Two hours lecture and two-hour lab.

ELED 4070 - Writing to Learn
2 credit hours
Corequisites: ELED 4350 and READ 4130. Familiarizes teacher candidates with writing-to-learn techniques that can be used across the curriculum to assist students in thinking and processing new and existing knowledge.

ELED 4110 - Directed Teaching, Grades K-8
12 credit hours
Full-day supervised teaching experience of 15 weeks duration in a public school classroom. Pass/Fail.

ELED 4260 - Problems in Elementary Education
1 to 3 credit hours
A problem-oriented course, on or off campus, planned and designed for individuals, a school faculty, school system, or other professional groups, which will provide opportunities for in-service education related to assessed needs. Credit toward an undergraduate degree will be limited to six semester hours.

ELED 4340 - Managing Learning Environments
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; Interdisciplinary Studies majors must have completed EESE 1010, EESE 1011; ELED 3150, ELED 3300; READ 4015 or READ 4035. Familiarizes teacher candidates with classroom management strategies.NOTE: Students must select a specific Residency I section and sign up for all corresponding classes in that particular section. Classes may not be selected from multiple sections.

ELED 4350 - Theory to Practice
6 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; Interdisciplinary Studies majors must have completed EESE 1010, EESE 1011, ELED 3150, ELED 3300, and READ 4015/READ 4035. Strategies and techniques for guiding the learning of elementary school children. Development and use of materials in elementary classrooms with emphasis on explanation and experimentation. Laboratory work and weekly seminar.NOTE: Students must select a specific Residency I section and sign up for all corresponding classes in that particular section. Classes may not be selected from multiple sections.

ELED 4410 - Effective Instruction: Integrating Social Studies and A
4 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; Interdisciplinary Studies majors must have completed EESE 1010, EESE 1011, ELED 3150, ELED 3300, and READ 4015/READ 4035. Familiarizes teacher candidates with classroom management strategies:4-8, best practices of social studies instruction, and the integration of both with classroom and standardized assessments to enable the planning, design, and implementation of a standards-based social studies curriculum.NOTE: Students must select a specific Residency I section and sign up for all corresponding classes in that particular section. Classes may not be selected from multiple sections.