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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.

  • Overview


    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, inclusion, 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 outcomes for the Elementary Education program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Outcomes

    Why Study Elementary Education?

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

    • 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

    Elementary Education Resource Guide

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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