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ODU's Primary  Education program prepares graduates for an Ohio teaching license to teach pre-kindergarten through grade five.
Programs offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Primary Education
  • Licensure in Primary Education
  • Dual Licensure in Primary Education and Intervention Specialist
Because primary teachers typically teach all subjects, students are expected to take courses across the curriculum. ODU's Primary Education program provides general education classes and a range of professional education courses while integrating theory, practice and educational technology. 

In addition, ODU students participate in extensive field-based experiences in diverse primary education settings prior to student teaching.

Candidates can pursue Intervention Specialist as their second major (licensure).

Coursework is also available for a P-12 Reading Endorsement.

The program models guidelines of the Ohio Department of Education, the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. 
  • Sample 4-Year Academic Plan for Primary Education Majors
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 EDU 104
    MTH 153A EDU 120
    HST 201
    MTH 153B
    GEO 125 THL
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 279
    THL
    EDU 210 EDU 212
    EDU 211 EDU 215
    PHL ART 237
    BIO 107
    SCI 102
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 379A
    PHL
    EDU 230 EDU344A
    EDU 250 EDU 344B
    EDU 315
    EDU 345
    Elective Elective
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    EDU 344C EDU 479B
    EDU 344D EDU 482E
    Elective
    Elective
    EDU 410

    Student could also add Intervention Specialist Mild/Moderate or Moderate/ Intensive.

    Faculty Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.
  • Sample 4-Year Plan for Primary Education and Intervention Specialist Dual Major
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 EDU 104 or EDU 110
    MTH 153A EDU 120
    HST 201
    MTH153B
    GEO 125 THL
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 279
    EDU 212
    EDU 210 EDU 215
    EDU 211 ART 237
    EDU 230 PHL
    PHL SCI 102
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 379A
    EDU 344A
    EDU 315 EDU 344B
    EDU 250 EDU 350*
    EDU 260* EDU 370*
    EDU 330* EDU 345
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    EDU 344D EDU 479E
    EDU 410 EDU 482E
    THL

    BIO 107

    EDU 344C

    *Take EDU 330 & EDU 350 for Intervention Specialist Mild to Moderate licensure program. 

    Faculty Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

Course Requirements

  • B.S.E. in Primary Education
    Student must complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Education in addition to the major requirements listed below.
    Courses Credits
    ENG 110 College Writing I 3
    ART 237 Art for Teachers 3
    MTH 153A Principles of Mathematics I
    4
    MTH 153B Principles of Mathematics II 4
    HST 201 American History I or or 202 American History II 3
    GEO 125 World Geography 3
    BIO 107 Principles of Biology
    4
    BIO 102 Principles of Physics and Chemistry
    4
     Required Education Courses:

    Courses Credits
    EDU 104 Introduction to Teaching Primary Education
    3
    EDU 120 Teaching Reading through Literature for Children & Young Adults 3
    EDU 210 Understanding Development & Learning of the Young Child 3
    EDU 211 Teaching Phonics & the Structure of Language 3
    EDU 212 Developmental Issues & Practice in Reading 3
    EDU 215 Diversity & the Learner 3
    EDU 230 Introduction to Special Education & Diverse Learners 3
    EDU 250 Issues & Techniques in Assessment, Classroom Environ & Management 3
    EDU 315 Diagnostic, Prescriptive & Remediation Techniques in Reading 3
    EDU 344A Primary Science Methods 3
    EDU 344B Primary Mathematics Methods 3
    EDU 344C Primary Social Studies Methods 3
    EDU 344D Primary Language Arts Methods 3
    EDU 345 Study of Ohio 3
    EDU 379A CORE: Principles of Education 3
    EDU 410 Assessment and Technology for Teaching and Learning 3
    EDU 479E CORE: Reflections on Truth: Primary Education 3
    EDU 482E Supervised Teaching: Primary Education
    12
    Total Credits Required 91
    * Used to calculate the Major GPA
  • Primary Education Licensure
    Students must have completed a bachelor’s degree prior to beginning this licensure program.
    Courses Credits
    ENG 110 College Writing I 3
    ART 237 Art for Teachers 3
    MTH 153A Principles of Mathematics I
    4
    MTH 153B Principles of Mathematics II 4
    HST 201 American History I or or 202 American History II 3
    GEO 125 World Geography 3
    BIO 107 Principles of Biology
    4
    BIO 102 Principles of Physics and Chemistry
    4
     Required Education Courses:

    Courses Credits
    EDU 104 Introduction to Teaching Primary Education
    3
    EDU 120 Teaching Reading through Literature for Children & Young Adults 3
    EDU 210 Understanding Development & Learning of the Young Child 3
    EDU 211 Teaching Phonics & the Structure of Language 3
    EDU 212 Developmental Issues & Practice in Reading 3
    EDU 215 Diversity & the Learner 3
    EDU 230 Introduction to Special Education & Diverse Learners 3
    EDU 250 Issues & Techniques in Assessment, Classroom Environ & Management 3
    EDU 315 Diagnostic, Prescriptive & Remediation Techniques in Reading 3
    EDU 344A Primary Science Methods 3
    EDU 344B Primary Mathematics Methods 3
    EDU 344C Primary Social Studies Methods 3
    EDU 344D Primary Language Arts Methods 3
    EDU 345 Study of Ohio 3
    EDU 379A CORE: Principles of Education 3
    EDU 410 Assessment and Technology for Teaching and Learning 3
    EDU 479E CORE: Reflections on Truth: Primary Education 3
    EDU 482E Supervised Teaching: Primary Education
    12
    Total Credits Required 91