As an Elementary Education major, you will gain experience with children of different ages and a variety of curricula, organizational studies, and grouping strategies characteristic of the elementary school.
Gain the tools, skills, and curriculum knowledge for a career in Elementary Education. This degree leads to initial licensure as an elementary teacher in grades 1-6.
You'll be well qualified to serve as a teacher in public and private elementary schools. Within the major, you'll consider, research, and learn to adapt curriculum to the needs of children from diverse backgrounds and ability levels.
As an Elementary Education major, you must also choose a liberal arts major to complement your professional studies:
As an Elementary major, you will gain classroom experience three times over the course of your program. You'll complete a one-day a week practicum in your first and second year. In your senior year, you will complete a semester long, full-time experience in an elementary school setting. These experiences will expose you to a variety of education settings, age groups, and learning needs.
Student teacher Maria Bonfiglio finds ways to engage her first graders and encourage their curiosity, as she tries on the role of classroom teacher.
You can pursue optional education specializations for in-depth study in the teaching of specific curricula, subject matter, and/or populations. These specializations are designed to enhance your professional qualifications, but they do not lead to additional teacher licenses:
“The practicum experiences have been the best part of my experience at Lesley. For me, the best way to learn is through hands-on experience, and I've gotten that while in my practicums. Both my supervising practitioners, while different in many ways, have been true mentors and excellent educators that have offered me much support and guidance. Also, the field placement office staff is wonderful, accommodating, and supportive!”
- Jessica Lombardi (Class of 2014)
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