The major in Elementary Education focuses on the theory and practice of learning and teaching at the elementary level and prepares individuals to teach in the elementary grades (K-6). The curriculum builds upon foundational courses in education and comprises a series of professional core and methods courses. Professional education requirements typically involve fieldwork at local public school sites and student teaching in the senior semester. This major also serves as an excellent foundation for students seeking to continue their professional development in education.
Students in the elementary education major are given the option to add a concentration in early childhood/primary education that satisfies the educational requirement for a Florida teaching certification endorsement in teaching pre-kindergarten/primary education. This would allow the student to seek employment working with children ages three to eight years old in a school or non-school setting.
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science program, students will be able to:
- Express and interpret ideas clearly, using a variety of written, oral and/or visual forms.
- Use different modes of disciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiry to explore ideas and issues from multiple perspectives.
- Express ethical and social implications in their social, professional, artistic and/or scholarly practice.
- Articulate a perspective on the world and their place in the global community.
Upon completion of the major in Elementary Education, students will be able to:
- Identify relevant skills needed to help all children learn to their fullest potential.
- Adapt teaching to a wide range of diverse students.
- Create positive learning environments.
Upon completion of the major and the concentration in Early Childhood/Primary Education, students will also be able to:
- Apply research-based effective practices for classroom design and curriculum planning.
- Design developmentally appropriate curriculum in the areas of literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies for young children.
- Select and apply developmentally appropriate diagnostic assessment and evaluation tools in order to make instructional decisions about the educational needs for all children and their families.
- Examine age appropriate strategies for designing suitable behavioral and child management systems for prekindergarten/primary age children.
- Utilize ethical guidelines and professional standards in working with young children and their families.
Graduates of this major will meet the general standards for teachers established by the state of Florida.
- They will know and demonstrate competence in each of the 12 standards of the “Educator Accomplished Practices” (see B.S. Handbook).
- They will demonstrate mastery of the state’s subject area specialization requirements in Language Arts, Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Social Science, Science and Technology, Music, Visual Arts, and Physical Education and Health.