After completion of the first semester of directed study, you will take ELED 492: Directed Study (3 credits) and write an honors paper under the supervision of your faculty advisor, who will keep the Honors Committee informed of your progress. The paper will embody substantial work. Normally, you will synthesize ideas and follow the principles of critical analysis to produce a paper of 30-50 pages on a limited topic. The paper should be based on significant research and offer creative insights; it may be based on field action research and it must be written in clear, cogent prose.
You must submit a final copy of the paper to the committee by Nov. 1 for winter graduation and April 1 for spring graduation. Your advisor/supervisor will evaluate the paper first and then submit it to the Honors Committee for final acceptance. Your advisor will assign a letter grade to the paper, while the Honors Committee will decide whether to designate honors. The committee will decide by a majority vote. The committee will consult with appropriate faculty members when necessary before making a final decision. The Honors Committee via the department chair will submit to the Records Office at the appropriate time in December for winter graduation or May for spring graduation a list of the names of those students who are expected to receive honors.
If the Honors Committee approves your paper, you will receive the designation of "Honors in Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education" on your transcript. This information will become part of your permanent college records and honors will be awarded to you at graduation.
If the Honors Committee does not judge your paper to be acceptable for honors, or if it is not completed, you may receive 3 credits and a grade in ELED 492 at the discretion of your faculty advisor.
Following the acceptance of your paper, the Honors Committee will meet with you and your supervisor to discuss your honors work in a sharing atmosphere not in an oral defense. You are encouraged to make a more formal presentation of your work and to participate in College Honors activities. Upon your request and the request of your supervisor, the Honors Committee will arrange a colloquium to which elementary education/early childhood faculty and students will be invited.
While an honors seminar is not a requirement of the program, the department strongly recommends that, when possible, honors candidates enroll in a common seminar.