Elementary Education: Non-Certification

Major: Education
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 180.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 13.0101
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 25-1081

About the Program

Note: Students will not receive Teaching Certification at the completion of this program.

The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Non-Certification track prepares students who are informed about theories of teaching and learning and recognize what happens in PK-12 schooling. Students then use that information to support teaching and learning in non-school-based settings such as educational non-profits, youth advocacy, or educational entrepreneurial ventures. Students learn skills and knowledge necessary to design, develop, and implement learning environments for a variety of settings.  Students will work with their academic advisor to select free elective coursework in creativity and innovation, learning technology, special education, sports leadership and coaching, or other education courses based on their interests.

Admission Requirements

  • Three years of high school math (algebra I and II, geometry)
  • One year of high school lab science
  • Standard undergraduate application with essay and two letters of recommendation
  • Standard standardized test scores

Degree Requirements

General Education/Content Requirements
BIO 100Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology3.0
or BIO 161 General Biology I
BIO 101Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution3.0
or BIO 162 General Biology II
CHEM 111General Chemistry I4.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement *1.0
COM 111Principles of Communication3.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development *1.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
English (Literature) Elective **3.0
ENVS 260Environmental Science and Society3.0
HIST 275History of Pennsylvania3.0
MATH 171Introduction to Analysis A3.0
MATH 172Introduction to Analysis B3.0
MATH 173Introduction to Analysis C3.0
or MATH 107 Probability and Statistics for Liberal Arts
MUSC 130Introduction to Music3.0
NFS 100
NFS 101
Nutrition, Foods, and Health
and Introduction to Nutrition & Food
3.0
PHYS 151Applied Physics3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
PSY 320 [WI] Educational Psychology3.0
PSY 330Cognitive Psychology3.0
SOC 335Sociology of Education3.0
UNIV T101The Drexel Experience * 1.0
Pedagogy
EDEX 142Special Education Foundations: Referral and Assessment3.0
EDEX 344Inclusionary Practices for Exceptional Students3.0
EDLT 325Design for Learning with Digital Media3.0
EDUC 101Foundations in Education I: A Historical and Philosophical Perspective3.0
EDUC 105Freshman Pedagogy Seminar ***3.0
EDUC 120Child Development I: Typical Development3.0
EDUC 121Child Development II: Atypical Development3.0
EDUC 123Adolescent Development3.0
EDUC 205Sophomore Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 210Early Language Development3.0
EDUC 216Diversity and Today's Teacher3.0
EDUC 236Early Literacy I3.0
EDUC 306Assessment of Young Children 3.0
EDUC 308Creating a Positive Classroom Climate3.0
EDUC 312Educational Policy, Law & Advocacy3.0
EDUC 316Teaching in Urban Contexts 3.0
EDUC 324Current Research in Curriculum & Instruction3.0
EDUC 326 [WI] Language Arts Processes3.0
EDUC 335Engaging the Learner3.0
EDUC 338Expressive Arts for PK-43.0
EDUC 411Family and Community Partnerships3.0
Free Electives 51.0
Total Credits180.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

4 year, 1 co-op

On-campus Full-Time Plan of Study

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
EDUC 1013.0CIVC 1011.0EDEX 1423.0VACATION
EDUC 1051.0COM 1113.0EDUC 1051.0 
EDUC 1203.0EDUC 1051.0EDUC 1233.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0EDUC 1213.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1713.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0MATH 173 or 1073.0 
UNIV T1011.0MATH 1723.0PSY 1013.0 
 14 14 16 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BIO 101 or 1613.0BIO 101 or 1623.0EDUC 2363.0EDUC 2103.0
CHEM 1114.0COOP 101*1.0NFS 100
NFS 101
3.0EDUC 3063.0
EDEX 3443.0EDUC 3353.0PSY 3203.0EDUC 3163.0
EDUC 2051.0MUSC 1303.0Free electives6.0HIST 2753.0
PSY 3303.0Free electives6.0 Free elective3.0
Free elective3.0   
 17 16 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEECON 2014.0EDLT 3253.0
  EDUC 3263.0EDUC 3123.0
  English (Literature) Elective: ENGL 200 - ENGL 3653.0EDUC 3243.0
  PHYS 1513.0EDUC 3383.0
  SOC 3353.0Free elective3.0
 0 0 16 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
EDUC 4113.0EDUC 2163.0EDUC 3083.0 
ENVS 2603.0Free electives12.0Free electives9.0 
Free electives9.0   
 15 15 12 
Total Credits 180

Transfer/Online Part-Time Plan of Study

First Year (Part-Time)
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
EDUC 1013.0EDUC 1051.0EDUC 1051.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0
EDUC 1051.0EDUC 1203.0EDUC 1213.0EDUC 2103.0
MATH 1713.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0EDEX 1423.0EDUC 2103.0
ENGL 101 or 1113.0MATH 1723.0MATH 1723.0HIST 2753.0
 10 10 10 12
Second Year (Part-Time)
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
EDUC 2051.0MUSC 1303.0EDUC 1233.0EDUC 3123.0
EDEX 3443.0BIO 1623.0EDUC 2363.0EDUC 3223.0
BIO 1613.0Free elective3.0ENGL 2053.0EDUC 3353.0
Free elective3.0   
 10 9 9 9
Third Year (Part-Time)
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
EDUC 3243.0EDUC 314 (Or Free elective)3.0ECON 2014.0EDLT 3253.0
EDUC 3263.0EDUC 3163.0EDUC 3083.0PHYS 1513.0
PSY 1013.0NFS 100
NFS 101
3.0SOC 3353.0PSY 3303.0
 9 9 10 9
Fourth Year (Part-Time)
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CHEM 1114.0ENVS 2603.0COM 1113.0EDUC 3383.0
EDUC 4113.0PSY 3203.0EDUC 355 (Or Free elective)3.0MTED 418 (Or Free elective)3.0
Free elective3.0Free elective3.0ESTM 3423.0Free elective3.0
 10 9 9 9
Fifth Year (Part-Time)
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
Free electives9.0Free electives9.0Free electives9.0 
 9 9 9 
Total Credits 180
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