The Elementary Education Program is a fully accredited certification program that prepares teachers of children in grades 1-6. The curriculum offers a balanced program of academic preparation and professional training. Preparation of beginning teachers includes: a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences; competence in communication skills; a rich understanding of the content and modes of thinking in the disciplines they will teach; a growing understanding of learners and how they develop; development of teaching skills to address the needs of all types of learners; and skills in assessing both learner and self. The required professional courses contribute directly to understanding the teacher's role in society and to the development of teaching skills. Students apply for admission to the program in January of their sophomore year; admission is competitive. Elementary Education undergraduates are double majors. In addition to elementary education they must select a major in the College of Arts and Sciences (Biology is an exception-see your elementary education advisor about this major) in addition to the major in Elementary Education and must fulfill the Basic Liberal Studies requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences. Majors in Biology, English, Mathematics, History, or foreign language are encouraged as they provide an opportunity for the candidate to pursue a middle level or ESL endorsement. Teacher Certification Program/Masters of Arts (TCP/MA) degree candidates must have a B.A. or B.S. in order to apply to the program.Return to top
Elementary Education Program Admissions Requirements and Application Deadlines for Undergraduate and MA/TCP candidates:
Test of Basic Skills
The PRAXIS I-PPST Academic Skills Assessments in Reading, Mathematics, and Writing are required for all applicants to teacher education programs unless you earn an 1100 or higher on your SAT exam. For details about the tests, visit PPST Basic Skills Test.
MA/TCP candidates also need to submit their graduate school application simultaneous to their elementary education program application. Place a copy of the front page of your graduate application in your admission portfolio.Return to top
Congratulations to the 2014 Desposito Scholarship award winners Olivia Chaves, Secondary Education, English and Erica Ball, Physical Education.