Education – Elementary Education (K-8) Option

Education – Elementary Education (K-8) Option prepares students for rewarding careers in K–8 schools and social service agencies to perform important and supporting roles. This program offers the theoretical foundation and practical learning experiences for success in a wide variety of occupations working with children and adolescents in classrooms and other settings.

Graduates of this program will learn specific teaching methods, behavior management strategies and will apply knowledge of child and adolescent development in their work. Graduates of the program may use this degree as a pathway to continue their education to become a certified K-8 teacher.

This program is appropriate for individuals who wish to gain recertification credits for a current teaching certificate or who wish to upgrade skills in working with all students within their classrooms.


Key Learning Objectives

Graduates of the Education-Elementary Education (K-8) Option will:

  • Apply current principles of child development and positive guidance to plan and implement appropriate experiences and environments for students.
  • Use formative and summative assessment and a variety of instructional methods to plan, implement and evaluate meaningful and challenging curriculum that promotes positive learning outcomes for all students based on National and State standards.
  • Use a variety of instructional strategies to meet the diverse learning needs of students and to encourage critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Reflect on practices and engage in professional behaviors for continuous professional growth.

Prerequisites

  • High school level algebra I required.