Added Elementary Course of Study

Added Elementary

Course of Study

Program of study

Printable program of study

3 Saturdays
5 Saturdays
3 Saturdays
3 Saturdays
Required coursework

ITP 536 Learning and Development (3)

ITP 538 Integrated Methods and Curriculum Design (4)

Outside of the cohort:

ITP 542 Integrated Elementary Science Methods (2) 
CI 510 Guidance for Classroom Teachers (3) (online)
NOTE: This course also offered face-to-face winter term 2021; you will choose one term.

ITP 540 Foundations of Literacy (4)

ITP 514 Educating for Equity and Social Justice (3)

ITP 539 Elementary
Methods (3)

ITP 541 Literacies in
the Elementary
Classroom (4)

Outside of the cohort:

CI 510 Guidance for Classroom Teachers (3) (in person)
NOTE: This course is also offered online summer term 2020; you will choose one term.

Work Sample Development with your advisor

ITP 539 Elementary Mathematics Methods (1)

ITP 534 Foundations of Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Practice (2)

ED 518 Inclusive Elementary Classrooms (2)

Required practicum   Arrange for any needed time in an elementary classroom to complete course assignments. Arrange for any needed time in an elementary classroom to complete course assignments.

CI 509 Practicum (3)
ELEM (3-4 weeks)

Implement work sample in practicum

Total credits 9 or 12 7 7 or 10 8

Course descriptions

For course descriptions, please consult the Bulletin or Class Schedule.

Practicum overview

As part of the Added Elementary endorsement, you must complete a practicum in the last term of the program, spring term. The practicum experience must be in an elementary, self-contained classroom (K-6). The minimum number of required practicum hours depends on the current teaching licensure area and experience. Typically, practicums are for a minimum of 3 to 4 weeks. This is a minimum number and more may be required to demonstrate competency in all areas. There is a minimum requirement of one full-day in the assigned classroom. The remainder of required hours may be completed in partial-day blocks, as approved by your advisor. If you are already a teacher in an elementary, self-contained classroom, then you may be able to complete your practicum in your classroom. If you teach in another type of classroom or are not currently teaching, then we will work with our Field Placement Coordinator to arrange a placement. Ultimately, all placements must be confirmed by the field placement office in cooperation with the participating school districts. While we take into account any requests for placement, we must follow guidelines for the practicum experience as established by TSPC and PSU. Before and during your practicum experience, you will plan and implement your Work Sample. The Work Sample is a summative performance assessment where you plan, teach, assess, and reflect on a small unit of 5-6 lessons.

Scheduling Your Practicum

  • Before admission to the program: If you are currently working in a school, then you will need to have a conversation with your administrator about the practicum requirements in order to confirm their support of your practicum.
  • Upon admission to the program: Your advisor will work with you to start planning your practicum placement. This includes identifying if you are already an elementary teacher or have access to an elementary classroom as part of your job.
  • During fall term: Your advisor will begin working with the Field Placement Coordinator to arrange your placement officially with a school and district. 
  • During winter term: You will begin planning your Work Sample. There will be a practicum planning meeting between you, your assigned university supervisor, your mentor teacher, and advisor to formally establish the practicum schedule.


Completion of the Added Elementary Endorsement program will prepare you for recommendation to TSPC for an Elementary – Multiple Subjects Endorsement. Program completers will follow the instructions for Adding an Endorsement, to be found on the Licensure page.

Some program completers may be interested in teaching outside of Oregon. Because licensure requirements vary from state to state, please check the U.S. State Teacher Certification Offices. Links to state education offices are available, as well as more information on completing out of state verification.