Elementary Education Certificate Courses at Ashford University

Master the skills to be an impactful teacher in elementary classrooms when you pursue the Elementary Education pathway in your Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate program. You will explore techniques to teach reading, social science, and STEM disciplines. You will also get a chance to participate in student teaching seminars at a qualified school site. The Elementary Education Certificate pathway includes eight (8) courses that are each three (3) credits.


Elementary Education Certificate Class Descriptions and Credit Information

EPP 520 Effective Classroom Management in Elementary Classrooms

3 Credits

Students will learn research-based strategies and best practices for developing effective instructional programs and managing safe, supportive learning environments in elementary classrooms. The course will introduce participants to practical, field-tested approaches in the related areas of classroom discipline and behavior management, strategies for classroom teachers, and methods that apply to a wide range of classrooms including low-income and multicultural environments. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 540 Elementary Social Science Methods

3 Credits

Designed to provide teacher candidates with models of instruction consistent with basic principles and new trends of instruction and curriculum development in teaching elementary school social sciences. This course implements current understanding of learning strategies, and opportunities to develop related process skills, use of technology in the teaching and learning of social science, and skills in implementing instructional models. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 541 Elementary STEM Methods I

3 Credits

This course focuses on the development of science teaching competencies, basic principles and new trends of instruction and curriculum development in elementary school science. The course content is designed to help students develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions to implement inquiry-based, developmentally appropriate science lessons. Unit planning, laboratory activities, evaluation strategies and science learning centers are emphasized. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 542 Elementary STEM Methods II

3 Credits

The primary purpose of this course is to learn about teaching methods and practices designed to make critical academic areas accessible to elementary students. Students will study lesson plan design, assessment strategies and learning activities for maximizing the engagement of their students. Learning centers, games and diagnostic/prescriptive treatment are explored. Students will gain initial information on how to relate national and statewide content standards and frameworks to lesson plan design, a variety of assessment strategies, and ELD/SDAIE strategies. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 543 Elementary Integrated Reading Methods

3 Credits

This course is intended to help elementary school teachers understand the relationship between literacy instruction and content across all areas of study. Particular emphasis is given to the reading and study of expository materials at all levels of the curriculum. The major areas of study include levels of thinking and questioning, textbooks, assessments, factors in learning, reader strategies, and teacher strategies. The instructional strategies discussed are appropriate for elementary grade levels and all content areas. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 551 Elementary Student Teaching and Seminar I

3 Credits

This is the first course of a three part practice teaching and seminar series designed to prepare students to teach in elementary schools. At a qualified school site under the supervision of a mentor teacher and university supervisor, students will develop an understanding of instructional planning and delivery to make content comprehensible, assess learning, support the needs of diverse learners, maintain a safe learning environment and incorporate reflective practices for their own professional development. This course contains a synchronous component each week. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 552 Elementary Student Teaching and Seminar II

3 Credits

This is the second course of a three part practice teaching and seminar series designed to prepare students to teach in elementary schools. At a qualified school site under the supervision of a mentor teacher and university supervisor, students will develop an understanding of instructional planning and delivery to make content comprehensible, assess learning, support the needs of diverse learners, maintain a safe learning environment and incorporate reflective practices for their own professional development. This course contains a synchronous component each week. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 553 Elementary Student Teaching and Seminar III

3 Credits

This is the third course of a three part practice teaching and seminar series designed to prepare students to teach in elementary schools. At a qualified school site under the supervision of a mentor teacher and university supervisor, students will develop an understanding of instructional planning and delivery to make content comprehensible, assess learning, support the needs of diverse learners, maintain a safe learning environment and incorporate reflective practices for their own professional development. This course contains a synchronous component each week. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.