13A.12.02.04

.04 Certification in Elementary Education (Grades 1—6).

A. To receive certification in elementary education (grades 1—6), the applicant shall:

(1) Complete one of the following options:

(a) Earn a bachelor's or higher degree from an IHE with a major in interdisciplinary studies or a major in an academic field taught in elementary education including a minimum of 12 semester hours of course work in both mathematics and science and 9 semester hours of course work in both English and social studies; or

(b) Earn a bachelor's or higher degree from an IHE and complete not less than 48 semester hours of content course work taken at an IHE including a minimum of 12 semester hours of course work in both mathematics and science and 9 semester hours of course work in both English and social studies;

(2) Complete 27 semester hours of professional course work taken at an IHE including a course in each of the following at the appropriate age or grade level:

(a) Child or adolescent development;

(b) Human learning;

(c) Teaching methodology;

(d) Inclusion of special needs student populations;

(e) Assessment of students;

(f) Processes and acquisition of reading skills;

(g) Best practices in reading instruction that include the cuing systems of graphophonics, semantics, and syntactics;

(h) Use of reading assessment data to improve instruction; and

(i) Materials for teaching reading to gain literary experience, to perform a task, and to read for information; and

(3) Complete a teaching experience in one of the following ways:

(a) A supervised experience in a public or accredited nonpublic school setting at the appropriate age or grade level; or

(b) 1 year of successful full-time teaching experience in a public or accredited nonpublic school setting at the appropriate age or grade level.

B. The course work required in §A(2)(f) —(i) of this regulation may also be taken through CPDs.

C. A minimum of 50 percent of the course work required in §A(1) and (2) of this regulation shall be taken at the same institution.