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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.

  • 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, 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.

    Stevenson University’s education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

  • Courses & Requirements

    Courses and Requirements

    Course Sequence

    Elementary Education

    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

    FYS 100 First Year Seminar
    ED 202F Year Two Field Placement
    ED 203F Year Two Field Placement
    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
    ED 306F Year Three Field Placement
    ED 310 Year Three Transfer Seminar
    ED 321 Methods of Teaching Mathematics: Elementary Education
    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 
    ED 443 Internship II: Elementary 
    ENG 282 Literary Genres: Youth Literature


    Fine Arts Elective 

    ART 242 Creative Development in Elementary Education (recommended)

    GEO Elective

    GEO 112 Human Geography (recommended)

    History Elective 

    HIST 110 The United States: 1865 to Present (recommended)

    Math Electives

    Minimum of 12 electives required.

    Math Elective 1

    MATH 132 Mathematics for Teachers (recommended)

    Math Elective 2

    MATH 137 College Algebra (recommended)

    Math Elective 3

    Math elective  

    Biology Elective

    BIO 104 The Human Body and Contemporary Health Issues (recommended)

    Two additional science electives


    Additional Requirements 

    IS 302 Integrating Technology and Digital Learning in the Classroom 
    PHIL 420 Philosophy of Education
    PSY 206 Child Development
    PSY 330 Educational Psychology 

    Last Updated: 11/15/2017

  • Tracks & Minors

    Track and Minors


    A minor in elementary education: liberal arts and technology is not available.

    Last Updated: 06/07/2017


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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.

• Teach Grades 1-6 in a public school

• Teach in a non-public school

• Work in an education-related setting

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