Childhood education – teaching students in grades 1 through 6 – offers an opportunity to make a difference during a child’s important formative years. Teachers help these students grow in reading, writing, and other core subjects, while guiding emotional and social development. Consider childhood education if you desire to help young students in the elementary grades.
The program prepares you to teach at a range of elementary grade levels. You will learn to execute a lesson plan and employ different teaching approaches for students of different abilities. You will have a teaching placement that relates directly to your coursework and will learn to integrate subjects to teach in an interdisciplinary manner.
Outside the classroom you will have professional development opportunities through educational partnerships. As a Childhood Education major, you will also have opportunities to be in elementary school classrooms as early as your freshman year. The program culminates with a 14-week student teaching experience where you take over the class of a mentor teacher to hone your professional practice.
The Childhood Education program offers the opportunity to expand your educational experiences and declare a dual major based on your career goals or planned graduate studies.