Elementary Education Course Listings

The Goshen College Teacher Education Department is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE www.ncate.org).

An important part of Goshen’s Teacher Education program is learning first-hand in the schools. Students will work in a variety of settings with diverse populations. If a Study Service Term (SST) is part of the international education experience, students will also have the opportunity to work with children or youth in another culture during SST.

School systems in the area cooperate with Goshen College to provide strong and varied student teaching experiences. Pre-service teachers experience a broad spectrum of classroom situations. During the student teaching experience, students will work 12 or more weeks full time in a local school system and will be supervised by classroom teachers and college professors. After satisfactorily completing an approved teaching program and the Indiana CORE assessments exam, students will apply and be recommended for licensure. Visit the education department website at www.goshen.edu/education.

Education programs available

Elementary education (K-6)

Upon completion of a major in elementary education, pre-service teachers are eligible to be certified to teach kindergarten through sixth grade. Fieldwork takes place in a variety of classroom settings where pre-service teachers learn to teach language arts, math, social studies, science, art, physical education and music. Approaches to classroom management, discipline and evaluation are also explored.

Elementary education/Special education (K-6 or K-12)

Certification in Exceptional Needs: Mild Intervention for K-6 is offered in conjunction with an elementary education certificate. It is a certification that must be completed simultaneously, since Exceptional Needs does not stand alone as a separate program. To complete this program, 12 additional hours (Student Teaching: Exceptional Needs, Special Education Issues, Mild Disabilities I, and Mild Disabilities II) are added to the elementary education program. For K-12 certification, one additional course is needed: Educ 348.

Elementary education/English learners(K-6)

Certification in English Learners for K-6 is offered in conjunction with an elementary education certificate. To complete this program, 17 additional hours (Expository Writing, Introduction to Linguistics, Global English, English Grammar, Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and TESOL practicum) are added to the elementary education program.  Students selecting this certification program who choose the alternate SST program must select Comm 206, Communication across Cultures as one of their courses.

All-grade education in English learners, music, physical education or visual arts (P-12)

All-grade education focuses on a major in the content area while including requirements for general and professional education at all developmental levels, pre-school through high school.

Secondary education (5-12)

Pre-service teachers can be certified to teach 5th through 12th graders upon completion of teacher education requirements for teachers of early adolescence, adolescence and young adults and content requirements in the chosen field of instruction. Goshen offers secondary education teaching majors in:

  • American Sign Language
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • English/Language Arts
  • English Learners (EL)
  • Journalism
  • Life Sciences
  • Life Science & Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Music: Vocal and/or Instrumental
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Education/Health
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Social Studes (with a history major)
  • Spanish
  • Theater Arts
  • Visual Arts

Transition to Teaching programs

Information about the Transition to Teaching program for adults who have already completed a bachelor’s degree is in the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies section of this catalog.

Special attributes of Goshen’s teacher education program

See the Education department webpages for more information.

  1. Elementary and exceptional needs dual certification program
  2. English learners certification for K-6 or P-12
  3. Conflict transformation certificate for teachers (see below)
  4. Environmental education experience at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center
  5. Laboratory kindergarten on campus
  6. Curriculum Library, Peace Curriculum Collection and Royer Reading Room

Admission to the Teacher Education program

Students apply for admission to the Goshen College Teacher Education program at the end of the Foundations of Edcuation class, taken either at the end of the first year or the begining of the second year. Admission to the program requires:

  • One of the following:
    • Successful completion of the reading, writing and mathematics sections of the Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA)
    • ACT scores of 24 or higher
    • Math/Reading SAT scores of 1100 or higher
    • A master’s degree
  • A review of the high school record
  • Successful performance in early fieldwork experiences
  • Supportive references
  • Demonstrated experience with children or youth
  • A written essay
  • Membership in a professional organization

Teacher Education students must maintain a 2.8 grade point average (GPA) overall, and within their content area. All content related courses for the license content area must be passed with a C or higher. Because the field of education is continually changing, education courses taken more than 15 years prior to admission to the program will not be accepted for transfer credit.


Major in elementary education (K-6)

Modified Goshen Core program (63-76 credit hours)

Language arts

  • Core 110, Academic Voice 3
  • Core 1XX (various), Goshen Seminar 3
  • Educ 307, Children’s and Adolescent Literature 3
  • Engl 204, Expository Writing (strongly recommended) 3


  • Phys 215 NW, Climate Change 3
  • Sust 340, Field Experience in Environmental Education 3


  • Math 131, Math Concepts for Elementary Classroom I 3
  • Math 132, Math Concepts for Elementary Classroom II 3

History and Social Science

  • Hist 105, American History I 3
  • Educ 310, Education Psychology: Elementary 3
  • Hist 217 SW, Geography and Culture 3

Physical education

  • Core 115, Wellness for Life 1
  • Kin 309, Physical Education for Children 2


  • Artistic World perspectives course 3
  • Educ 330, Fine Arts for Children 3

Bible/religion/philsophy/peace studies

  • Core 120, Engaging the Bible 3
  • PJCS 210 PX, Transforming Conflict and Violence 3
  • Religious World perspectives course 3

International/intercultural education

  • Core 100, Identity, Culture & Community 3
  • Foreign language competency 0-8
  • SST: international or on-campus alternativee (see planning and advising notes below) 9-14

Professional education courses (K-6) (37 credit hours)

  • Educ 201, Foundations of Education 3
  • Educ 300, Exceptional Learners: Elementary 3
  • Educ 301, Curriculum Studies: Math 2
  • Educ 303, Literacy I: Developmental 3
  • Educ 304: Curriculum Studies: Social Studies 2
  • Educ 308, Curriculum Studies: Science 2
  • Educ 344, Adaptation and Assessment for Diverse Learners 3
  • Educ 401, Child Development Practicum 1
  • Educ 402, Student Teaching: Elementary 12
  • Educ 406, Literacy II: Diagnostic 3
  • Educ 409, Elementary Education Seminar 3

Requirements for Exceptional Needs: Mild Intervention (K-6) (12 credit hours)

  • Educ 341, Mild Disabilities I 3
  • Educ 343, Mild Disabilities II 3
  • Educ 346, Special Education Issues1
  • Educ 415, Student Teaching: Exceptional Needs 5

Additional course for Exceptional Needs: Mild Intervention K-12 certification:

  • Educ 348, Teaching Adolescents with Exceptional Needs 3

Additional requirements for English Learners (K-6) (17 credit hours)

  • Engl 204, Expository Writing 3
  • Engl 310, Introduction to Linguistics3
  • Engl 315, Global English 3
  • Engl 319, English Grammar1
  • Engl 320, Methods of TESOL 4
  • Engl 325, TESOL Practicum 3

Note: Those earning EL certification who choose to complete the alternate SST program must select Comm 206, Communication across Cultures as one of their courses.

Student learning outcomes

Graduates in education will:

  1. Comprehend the content disciplines to be taught in order to make connections, drawing relationships (a) within disciplines, (b) between disciplines, and (c) to students’ lives.
  2. Communicate effectively in a variety of sign systems (e.g. oral, written, nonverbal, and media communication).
  3. Build a learning community based on the diversity of students’ background and the ways in which they learn by (a) starting from each individual’s strengths and cultural resources, (b) sharing responsibility for teaching and learning with all students, and (c) advocating for all students.
  4. Flexibly employ a wide variety of teaching and evaluation strategies that enable students to make meaning of content disciplines.
  5. Manage a classroom effectively, incorporating principles of peacemaking and positive behavior supports in a wide variety of settings.
  6. Sense a strong call to serve and to nurture students from a social justice perspective.
  7. Develop a sense of self as an educational facilitar and leader, continually reflecting on his/her own teaching in reference to Goshen College’s guiding principles and his/her own emerging philosophy of education.
  8. Establish working and collegial relationships with schools, families, and community agencies to strengthen the learning environment.

Planning guide elementary education

First year Identity, Culture & Community
Academic Voice
Goshen Seminar
American History
Wellness for Life
Engaging the Bible
Foundations of Education
Climate Change (NW Perspective)
Transforming Conflict & Violence (PX Perspective)
Geography & Culture (SW Perspective)
Second year Children’s and Adolescent Literature
Exceptional Students
Foreign language
Expository Writing (required for English Learners certificate; strongly recommended for others)
Artistic World course
Math Concepts for Elementary Classroom I & II
Educational Psychology
Physical Education for Children
Adaptation and Assessment for Diverse Learners
SST (spring) or on-campus alternate
Linguistics (EL certificate)
English Language (EL certificate),
Third year Religious World course
Field Experience in Environmental Biology
Curriculum Studies: Math
Curriculum Studies: Science
Curriculum Studies: Social Studies
Mediation: Process, Skills & Theory (strongly recommended)
Fine Arts for Children
Child Development Practicum
Mild Disabilities I (Exceptional Needs Certificate)
Mild Disabilities II (Exceptional Needs Certificate)
TESOL Methods(EL certificate)
English Grammar(EL certificate)
Literacy I: Developmental
Literacy II: Diagnostic
Fourth year Global Issues Seminar (for alternate SST)
Elementary Education Seminar
Special Education Issues (Exceptional Needs Certificate)
Student Teaching (fall)
Student Teaching: Exceptional Needs (spring) (Exceptional Needs Certificate)
TESOL Practicum (EL Certificate)
Conflict-healthy Groups (strongly recommended)

Planning and advising notes

Teacher Education students are encouraged to participate in international SST when possible. Because teacher education programming includes significant intercultural training, the on-campus alternative for both elementary and secondary education majors is modified:

  • Language requirement: 102 level of any world language by placement test, course credit, or CLEP (or native language other than English)
  • Two courses selected from the on-campus alternative list (see International Education section of the course catalog)
  • Educ 324 (secondary) or Educ 406 (elementary)
  • Core 300, Global Issues Seminar.

Secondary education certification (grades 5-12 or P-12)

Professional education requirements (31-32 credit hours)

  • Educ 201, Foundations of Education 3
  • Educ 302, Exceptional Learners: Secondary 3
  • Educ 309, Educational Psychology: Secondary 3
  • Educ 321, Curriculum & Instruction I: Middle School 3
  • Educ 324, Curriculum & Instruction II: High School3
  • Educ 325, Secondary Curriculum & Instruction: Content Methods2*
  • Educ 401, Child Development Practicum1**
  • Educ 403, Secondary Education Seminar 3
  • Educ 405, Student Teaching 12

*For 5-12 licensure programs only.
**For P-12 licensure programs only.

Planning guide secondary education

First year Identity, Culture & Community
Wellness for Life
Academic Voice
Goshen Seminar
Engaging the Bible
Transforming Conflict and Violence (PX Perspectives)
Other Goshen Core courses
Introductory courses in major
Second year Goshen Core
Foundations of Education
Exceptional Learners: Secondary
Expository Writing (strongly recommended)
Mediation: Process, Skills and Theory (strongly recommended)
Courses in major
SST (spring)
Third year Educational Psychology: Secondary
Curriculum & Instruction I & II
Goshen Core
Secondary Curriculum & Instruction: Content Methods
Child Development Practicum (K-12 only)
Courses in major/content area
Fourth year Student Teaching (fall)
Education Seminar
Balance of Goshen Core
Balance of major and certification requirements
Conflict-healthy Groups (strongly recommended)

Planning and advising notes

Teacher education students are encouraged to participate in international SST when possible. Because teacher education programming includes significant intercultural training, alternate SST for education majors is modified. See elementary education advising notes above for details.

Certificate in conflict transformation for teachers

9 credit hours

The certificate in conflict transformation may be added to an elementary, middle school, or secondary education program. For further information, consult with a member of the teacher education faculty. Education students who wish to complete the conflict transformation studies minor at the conclusion of their certificate requirements should declare the minor and consult with a PJCS advisor for further details.

  • PJCS 210 PX, Transforming Conflict and Violence 3
  • PJCS 325, Mediation: Process, Skills and Theory 3-4
  • PJCS 426, Conflict-healthy Groups 3