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Elementary Education

Have a positive impact on the lives of elementary school children.

If you're looking to pursue a teaching career in which you can have a positive impact on the lives of children in 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 includes all requirements to be eligible for teacher certification in grades 1-6 in Maryland. The curriculum is designed to provide a foundation in areas such as effective planning, classroom management, and assessment of student learning. The field experience component of the program enables Elementary Education majors to integrate theory and practice in a school environment. Throughout these experiences, you will gradually assume all of the roles and responsibilities of a classroom teacher.

    What Will You Learn?

    • Apply knowledge of discipline content and content-related pedagogy to design and implement effective instruction for all learners.
    • Use knowledge of students to design instruction and create a culturally responsive, equitable environment to support achievement for all learners.
    • Design and implement instruction that engages students, encourages student participation, promotes higher-level thinking, and supports instructional outcomes.
    • Design and implement assessment that monitors student learning, provides purposeful feedback on progress, and furnishes evidence to inform instruction.
    • Reflect on teaching, collaborate in a professional learning community, seek professional development opportunities, engage in inquiry, persist toward goals, and exhibit integrity and professionalism.

    A complete listing of learning objectives for the Elementary Education program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Objectives

    Why Study Elementary Education?

    Faculty in Stevenson's Elementary Education program are committed to ensuring that you demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions to positively impact all students’ learning. The curriculum is designed to provide a strong foundation in liberal arts, mathematics, science, and technological competency. 

    • Design curriculum that provides a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and social studies.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of child development and its impact on education practices.
    • Collaborate with a team of education professionals.
    • Teach in diverse school environments to acquire the knowledge, skills and disposition to be effective educators.
    • Engage in field experiences in public and private schools beginning in the sophomore year.
    • Apply cognitive, moral and psychosocial theories of development to the teaching and learning process.
    • Examine the roles of development, school culture and community contexts in the teaching and learning process.
    • Engage in inquiry on the influence of philosophy on education.
    • Complete a year-long internship experience in a Professional Development School under the guidance of an experienced teacher.
  • Courses & Requirements

    Courses and Requirements

    The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Candidates must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

    Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

    Major Requirements

    EDCP 100 First Year Seminar
    ED 202F Year Two Field Placement I
    ED 203F Year Two Field Placement II
    ED 205 Year Two Seminar ~
    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 Three Seminar I
    ED 303 Year Three Seminar II
    ED 305F Year Three Field Placement I
    ED 306F Year Three Field Placement II
    ED 310 Year Three Transfer Seminar (AAT students only)
    ED 321 Methods of Teaching Mathematics: Elementary
    ED 331 Instruction of Reading
    ED 341 Methods for Teaching English Language Arts and Social Studies: Elementary
    ED 342 Methods of Teaching STEM: Elementary~
    ED 365 Materials for Teaching Reading
    ED 410 Assessment for Reading Instruction
    ED 435 Internship Seminar I
    ED 436 Internship Seminar II
    ED 442 Internship I: Elementary Education
    ED 443 Internship II: Elementary Education
    ENG 282 Literary Genres: Youth Literature
    Fine Arts elective ART 242 Creative Development in Elementary Education (recommended)
    GEO elective GEO 112 Human Geography (recommended)
    HIST elective HIST 110 The United States: 1865 to Present (recommended)
    IS 302 Integrating Technology and Digital Learning in the Classroom
    MATH electives Minimum of 12 credits required
    MATH elective 1 MATH 132 Mathematics for Teachers (recommended)
    MATH elective 2 MATH 136 Introduction to Statistics (recommended)
    MATH elective 3 Math elective
    PHIL 420 Philosophy of Education
    PSY 206 Child Development
    PSY 330 Educational Psychology
    Science electives Minimum of 12 credits required
    BIO elective BIO 104 The Human Body and Contemporary Health Issues (recommended)
    Two additional science electives BIO, CHEM, ENV, FSCI, or PHYS

    ~ Course under development

    Last Updated: 03/01/2016

  • Tracks & Minors

    Track and Minors


    A minor in Elementary Education is not available.

    Last Updated: 03/01/2016

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.

• Teach Grades 1-6 in a public school

• Teach in a non-public school

• Work in an education-related setting

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