Elementary Education

Bachelor of Science Degree

About Our Program

Upon completion of the Elementary Education degree program, graduates are licensed to teach Kindergarten through 6th grade. Chaminade follows licensure guidelines set by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board.

Chaminade graduates are qualified to teach in most states upon completion of the program. All Chaminade University education licensure programs are approved by the Hawai’i Teachers Standards Board.

B.S. Elementary Education Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with K-6 Licensure follows the traditional 15-week semester offered under Chaminade’s Undergraduate Program except for the student teaching semester where start and end dates of the special semester are the same as the start and end dates of the public school teacher.

Program Description

Class sizes are small and student to faculty ratio is about 12 to 1. Students receive individualized attention from faculty and a quality educational experience. Additionally, our students create a peer-to-peer network and learning community through various clubs and activities such as the Education Club and service-learning. As our students progress through the degree program they have opportunities to work closely with children of diverse backgrounds, ages and abilities through service-learning activities and time devoted to observation and participation (O & P). During O & P our students visit elementary schools, observe classroom management techniques, work one-on-one with students or with the full class, and collaborate with teachers on a lesson they can experience teaching. Later, student teaching provides an immersion in the classroom and the challenge of teaching for an entire semester.

Service-Learning

The concept of service-learning throughout the university is for our students to use what they have learned in the classroom to help others (and also get class credit). In the case of the elementary education program, service-learning is an opportunity for Chaminade students to assist struggling students in nearby elementary schools, especially at Palolo Elementary School which has a high population of students from immigrant families.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of our initial teacher licensure programs, successful candidates will demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge of subject matter such as reading/language arts, mathematics, social sciences, science, visual arts, musical arts, and kinesthetic arts (Content Knowledge);
  2. Knowledge of how students develop and learn, including how to engage students in developmentally appropriate experiences that support learning (Developmentally Appropriate Practices);
  3. Knowledge of how to teach subject matter to students and apply a variety of instructional strategies that are rigorous, differentiated, and focused on the active involvement of the learner (Pedagogical Content Knowledge);
  4. Knowledge and application of appropriate technology for student learning (Technology);
  5. Knowledge and use of appropriate assessment strategies that enhance the knowledge of learners and their responsibility for their own learning (Assessment);
  6. Skills for adapting learning activities for individual differences and the needs of diverse learners while maintaining safe positive, caring, and inclusive learning environments (Diversity);
  7. Skills in the planning and design of meaningful learning activities that support and have positive impacts on student learning based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community, curriculum standards, and the integration of appropriate technology (Focus on Student Learning); and
  8. Professional dispositions, professionalism in teaching, ethical standards of conduct consistent with Marianist values, and positive and constructive relationships with parents, the school community and colleagues (Professional & Ethical Dispositions and Communication).
Required Coursework

Pre-Major Requirements

  • AN 340 Contemporary Peoples of Hawai’i
  • COM 310 Intercultural Communication
  • ED 220 Educational Foundations
  • GE 102 World Regional Geography
  • MA 105 Math for Elementary Teachers I
  • MA 305 Math for Elementary Teachers II
  • PSY 202 Child Development
  • Passing scores for Praxis I/Core Exam

Major Requirements

  • ED 221 Educational Psychology
  • ED 222 Educational Technology
  • ED 223 Music, Art and Physical Education
  • ED 320 Elementary Language Arts Methods I
  • ED 321 Elementary Language Arts Methods II
  • ED 322 Elementary Math Methods I
  • ED 323 Elementary Math Methods II
  • ED 324 Elementary Science Methods
  • ED 325 Elementary Social Studies Methods
  • ED 326 Exceptional Children
  • ED 404 Managing School Environments
  • ED 408 Assessment
  • ED 420 Integrated Curriculum
  • ED 490 Seminars
  • ED 494 Student Teaching: Elementary
  • Passing Score for Praxis II Elementary Education Content Knowledge Assessment is required prior to student teaching
  • 74 hours of O&P

Note: ED 100 Survey of Education is required for first year students who enter in the fall semester

PACE B.S. Curriculum

Upon successful completion of the Elementary Education degree program, graduates are licensed to teach Kindergarten through 6th grade. Chaminade follows licensure guidelines set by the Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Board. Chaminade graduates are qualified to teach in most states upon completion of the program. All Chaminade University education licensure programs are approved by the Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Board.

Required Coursework

Students working toward a Bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework, which includes general education requirements, electives, pre-major requirements (if applicable) and major requirements.

Pre-Major Requirements (21 credit hours)

  • AN 340 Contemporary Peoples of Hawai’i*
  • COM 310 Intercultural Communications*
  • ED 220 Educational Foundations
  • GE 102 World Regional Geography*
  • MA 105 Math for Elementary Teachers I*
  • MA 305 Math for Elementary Teachers II*
  • PSY 202 Child Development
  • Praxis I/ Core Exam

Major Requirements (51 credit hours)

  • ED 221 Educational Psychology
  • ED 222 Educational Technology
  • ED 223 Music, Art & Physical Education
  • ED 320 Elementary Lang. Arts Methods I
  • ED 321 Elementary Lang. Arts Methods II
  • ED 322 Elementary Math Methods I
  • ED 323 Elementary Math Methods II
  • ED 324 Elementary Science Methods
  • ED 325 Elem. Social Studies Methods
  • ED 326 Exceptional Children
  • ED 404 Managing School Environments
  • ED 408 Classroom Assessment
  • ED 420 Integrated Curriculum
  • ED 492 Seminar
  • ED 494 Student Teaching
  • Passing score for the Praxis II Elementary Education Content Assessment is required prior to student teaching.

Electives (4 credit hours)

*Course may be applicable towards general education and pre-major requirements.