Elementary Education – Iowa State University

Sample Schedule (2 year plan)

First Semester
ENG-102 Composition & Speech I d 4 s.h.
SOC-110 Intro to Sociology 3 s.h.
EDU-216 Intro to Teaching c 3 s.h.
EDU-219 Field Exper. & Seminar c 1 s.h.
GEO-124 OR GEO-125 OR GEO-131 3 s.h.
SDV-199 College Essentials 1 s.h.
Elective See below 2-3 s.h.
Total 17-18 s.h.
Second Semester
ART-102 Art for Elem. Education c 3 s.h.
ENG-103 Composition & Speech II d 4 s.h.
HIS-112 OR HIS-113 Western Civ. 4 s.h.
PHY-106 Survey of Physics 4 s.h.
MAT-156 Intro to Statistics 3 s.h.
Total 18 s.h.
Third Semester
EDU-250 Educ. Technology/Design c 3 s.h.
EDU-235 Children’s Literature c d 3 s.h.
HIS-151 OR HIS-152 U.S. History 3 s.h.
MAT-153 Math for Elem. Teachers I e 4 s.h.
POL-111 American National Gov. 3 s.h.
PSY-121 Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.
Total 19 s.h.
Fourth Semester
BIO-123 Inquiry into Life Science* 4 s.h.
EDU-246 Including Diverse Learners c 3 s.h.
EDU-242 Classroom Assessment 2 s.h.
MAT-154 Math for Elem. Teach II e 4 s.h.
PSY-281 Educational Psychology a c 3 s.h.
PHS-142 Principles of Astronomy 3 s.h.
Total 19 s.h.

a – Need both classes to satisfy education requirement.
c – Keep all course artifacts and papers as needed/helpful for future ISU coursework.
d – Grade of C or better needed.
e – Grade of C- or better needed.

    • The Iowa Department of Education is requiring changes in the Teacher Education programs. Keep informed of these changes at the ISU website.
    • A minimum 2.5 GPA is required for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program which is in the College of Human Sciences.
    • Foreign language requirement of three years of high school or two semesters of college level.
    • See U. S. Diversity (3 credits) & International Perspectives (3 credits) requirements—link is on NIACC Sample Schedule webpage.

NOTE: AA degree meets the requirements for general education from the College of Liberal Arts. See your advisor for updated agreements. 1-800-262-3810 and/or website

Recommended: Should be from areas of teaching specialization interest

    • SOC-115 Social Problems
    • SOC-120 Marriage and Family
    • POL-121 International Relations
    • HIS-112 or HIS-113 Western Civilization
    • HIS-151 or HIS-152 U.S. History
    • SDV-113 Strategies for Academic Success
    • RDG-125 College Reading Strategies
    • LIT-101 Introduction to Literature
    • ART-203 Art History I
    • ART-204 Art History II
    • PHI-101 Intro to Philosophy
    • PHI-105 Intro to Ethics
    • GEO-131 Physical Geography

Courses which will satisfy *Life Science, **Physical Science, & ***Earth/Space Science take at ISU

  • *Life Science
    • BIO-102 Introductory Biology
    • BIO-123 Inquiry into Life Science
    • BIO-206 Anatomy & Physiology I
    • ENV-110 Environmental Science
  • **Physical Science
    • CHM-122 Intro to General Chemistry
    • CHM-151 College Chemistry I
    • PHY-106 Survey of Physics
    • PHY-162 College Physics I