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. Your coursework will offer you knowledge of current trends in education, best practices, and the knowledge needed to address the needs of a diverse set of learners. Your field experiences will allow you to practice the application of your coursework in a variety of settings and age groups under the supervision of today’s most highly qualified current practitioners.
A degree in Elementary Education leads to initial licensure as an elementary teacher, grades 1-6. Student will be well qualified to serve as teachers in public and private elementary schools. Within the major, the student will consider, research, and learn to adapt curriculum to the needs of children from diverse backgrounds and ability levels.
Students in the Elementary Education major must also choose a liberal arts major to complement their professional studies. Students may choose from the following programs:
As an Elementary major you will gain classroom experience three times over the course of your program. You will 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 wide variety of education settings, age groups, and diverse 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 will have the opportunity to pursue optional education specializations that provide 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. These specializations include:
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