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Elementary Education

Help shape the minds of elementary school children.

If you're looking to pursue a teaching career in which you can help to shape the minds of children grades 1-6, our Elementary Education program may be the precise fit for you.

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    Bachelor of Science

    Stevenson's Elementary Education program enables candidates to complete the requirements for teacher certification and to synthesize and utilize the products of educational research and technology in the classroom. The curriculum is crafted to provide a foundation for further development in areas such as planning, classroom management, inclusion, and assessment.

    The field study portion of the program enables Elementary Education majors to translate theory into practice in a school environment. As you advance through the major, you will spend progressively more hours accruing in-classroom experience under the guidance of, and with support from, a professional teacher. Through this experience, you will assume all of the roles and responsibilities of a classroom teacher.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Demonstrate competency in the liberal arts, mathematics, and the sciences.
    • Understand the implications of technology on the individual and society and use technology in teaching to enable all students to become successful learners.
    • Demonstrate ability to effectively teach curriculum content so that all students achieve success.
    • Engage in classroom inquiry and reflection on practice.
    • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of communities and cultures in order. to effectively interact with diverse groups of people.

    Why Study Elementary Education?

    Stevenson's Elementary Education program is committed to ensuring that, if you are interested in a career teaching elementary-aged students, you will have the tools and concepts necessary to shine in the classroom. Current candidates praise the dedication of our team of education professors, who translate their life experiences in the classroom into practical material and guidance.

    You will also acquire a sense of community and valuable friendships from fellow candidates who share that same enthusiasm for teaching. With our emphasis on learning through real-world experience, you will be able to apply your knowledge and your passion in a classroom setting and feel what it's like to shape the next generation of students.

    • Absorb curriculum designed to provide a strong foundation in liberal arts, mathematics and science, and technological competency.
    • Gain an understanding of child development and its impact on education practices.
    • Study with a team of education professionals who relay their experiences into a teaching context.
    • Spend ample time in real-world teaching settings to hone your craft and gain confidence in the classroom.
    • Live in an area with a multitude of public and private schools, which provide a variety of teaching environments.
  • Courses & Requirements

    Courses and Requirements

    The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in Elementary Education: Liberal Arts and Technology. Candidates must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson core curriculum. Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

    Some secondary requirements, which are noted by an asterisk (*) in the list below, can also be used to fulfill a core curriculum requirement.

    Major Requirements

    • ED 220 Language Development in Young Children
    • ED 230 Processes and Acquisition of Reading
    • ED 270 Curriculum Principles and Practices
    • ED 271 Principles of Assessment
    • ED 272 Principles of Special Education
    • ED 302 Year 3 Seminar
    • ED 321 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Education
    • ED 322 Methods of Teaching Science and Health
    • ED 331 Instruction of Reading
    • ED 340 Methods for Teaching School Social Studies: Elementary
    • ED 365 Materials for Teaching Reading
    • ED 410 Assessment for Reading Instruction
    • ED 435 Seminar: Issues in Education
    • ED 442 Internship I: Elementary Education
    • ED 443 Internship II: Elementary Education

    Required Field Placements in Year Two - ED 202F and ED203F
    Required Field Placements in Year Three - ED 305F and ED 306F

    Secondary Requirements

    • ANTH elective
    • BIO elective
      • BIO 104 The Human Body and Contemporary Health Issues (recommended)*
    • CM elective
      • CM 101 Public Speaking (recommended)*
    • ENG 282 Literary Genres: Youth Literature (Children's Literature)*
    • Fine Arts elective
      • ART 242 Creative Development in Elementary Education (recommended)*
    • GEO elective*
    • 2 HIST electives
      • HIST 109 The United States: Colonial America to 1865(recommended)*
      • HIST 110 The United States: 1865 to Present (recommended)*
    • IS 134 MS Windows and Office Applications*
    • IS 214 Technology in Education
    • IS 300 Emerging Technologies for Schools
    • MATH elective (4 credit)
      • MATH 121 College Algebra (recommended)*
    • MATH 132 Mathematics for Teachers*
    • MATH 140 Basic Statistics*
    • PHIL 420 Philosophy of Education*
    • PHSCI elective
      • PHSCI 110 Foundations of Physics (recommended)
    • Add'l PHSCI or BIO elective
      • PHSCI 151 Principles of Earth and Field Science (recommended)*
    • PSY 206 Child Development*
    • PSY 330 Educational Psychology

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What Can You Do With This Degree?

Our Elementary Education program prepares students to enter the classroom with confidence and knowledge within the field of education.

• Elementary Education Teacher

Graduates with an Elementary Education degree are qualified to teach Grades 1 - 6 and middle school in a public or non-public school.

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