Departmental Honors Advisor:
Dr. Scott Hunsaker
EDUC 399, ext. 70386
Eligibility for Acceptance:
Qualified students will have cumulative GPAs of at least 3.50 and will have declared a major in the department. The goal of Honors in Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education is to encourage and facilitate teaching effectiveness in a particular curricular emphasis area (e.g., mathematics, social studies, language arts) or with a particular group of learners (e.g., early childhood, middle-school learners, second-language learners).
Program of Study:
The 15-credit requirement for the Honors degree is met in the following way:
Three hours of honors credit will be earned for ELED 3000. Honors students will have a regular group meeting to work with the ELED 3000 Honors professor on the planning and sharing of either a group or individual Honors ELED 3000 project.
Three hours of Honors credit will be earned via a contract in one of the Level III classes listed below. (Students should select the course that is most relevant to the area of teaching expertise they have selected for their Honors work.)
- ELED 4000 Teaching Science and Practicum
- ELED 4030 Teaching Language Arts and Practicum
- ELED 4040 Teaching Reading II and Practicum
- ELED 4050 Teaching Social Studies and Practicum
- ELED 4060 Teaching Mathematics and Practicum
Six hours of Honors credit will be earned via contracts in two upper-division classes from the student's emphasis area, endorsement area, developmental-level specialty area, or teaching support area. These contracts should be selected to support the student's pursuit of knowledge and research related to a particular teaching specialty. *Nothing lower than a B grade is acceptable in courses in which an Honors contract is being completed.
Three credits must be taken under the Senior Thesis/Project (ELED 4970 or ELED 4900) that provides academic credit for the culminating honors project or thesis. Senior thesis/project work - growing out of previous Honors contracts - will be conducted under the supervision of a member of the ELED faculty. It is expected that the student will complete the project proposal prior to student teaching so that they might implement the project or study in the classroom setting, if appropriate.
Requirements for Completion of Degree:
The successful candidate will graduate with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 overall and with at least 15 credits of upper division Honors coursework. The student will complete a senior Honors thesis/project and present the results in a public forum. Many students have found it helpful to relate the courses taken on Honors contract to the final thesis/project.
*Nothing lower than a B grade is acceptable in courses in which an Honors contract is being completed.
**Students who fail to complete a contract, once entered into with a faculty member, will be placed on academic probation for one semester.