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School of Education

Undergraduate Programs

Elementary Education




Peter Adamy - Team Leader

Sandy Jean Hicks - Team Leader

Student teachers creating a lesson planOverview

The Elementary Education Program is a fully accredited certification program which 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. Elementary Education undergraduates are double majors.  In addition to the major in Elementary Education students must select a major in the College of Arts and Sciences (Biology is an exception-see your elementary education advisor about this major); students also 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.


Program Requirements

ESL Endorsement

Middle Level Endorsement

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