Why study Interdisciplinary Studies: K-5 at APSU?
In the Department of Teaching and Learning you will have the opportunity to learn the skills required to be a professional educator. Your K-5 Interdisciplinary Studies will prepare to your be a successful classroom teacher in grades K-5. All classes are taught by faculty with extensive training in the content and pedagogy of elementary education. All faculty teaching in the program are experienced classroom teachers with years of valuable practical experience. Extensive classroom practical application is also a critical part of your training as a teacher. You will have the opportunity to observe experienced educators, to work with children in a variety of school settings, and to take the lead as the classroom teacher during your final semesters. You will gain experiences that will prepare you to be a leading professional educator. The Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education has an enduring reputation of producing some of the very best teachers in the state, with area administrators seeking our graduates. As a student in the College of Education, you will feel and experience the collaborative and supportive learning environment as you work with your peers and faculty to fulfill your dream of becoming a teacher.
What will I learn?
In the Interdisciplinary Studies K-5 Program you will have a broad-base and comprehensive liberal arts education. In the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, you will learn the important skill, pedagogical knowledge, and dispositional requirements for teaching students in the K-5 classroom. Not only will you learn the information and content to be an effective teacher, but you will have extensive hands-on practical experiences in classroom with opportunities to teach children in a variety of grades in small group and whole classroom settings.
The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.
The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.
What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?
APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. In the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education there are multiple ways to become involved in student organizations that directly relate to your future career as a teacher. We offer the Student Tennessee Education Association (STEA). This organization is open to all education majors and offers many opportunities for community involvement and volunteer opportunities, peer interactions, and professional development training and conferences. The Kappa Delta Phi is also an exceptional honors student leadership group and is open to all education students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. This organization offers leadership opportunities and community service options. Both organizations are led by students and are sponsored by faculty in the College of Education.
APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.
What Do Interdisciplinary Studies: K-6 Majors Do After Graduation?
After graduation, there are many opportunities open to you! Of course as a licensed teacher, you are highly employable and sought after by public and private schools for teaching in grades K-5. You may also choose to work in government agencies and in the non-profit sector, such as hospitals, penial and court systems, and social services. There are also multiple opportunities for employment in the business sector and for publishing companies as a corporate trainer or curriculum writer. Teaching internationally is also an option, in school abroad seeking teachers of English.