An elementary education major prepares future teachers to teach grades kindergarten through six. Students combine an elementary education major with specific passions through endorsements related to an age group, type of learner, or subject area.
Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in:
BVU provides opportunities to focus your teaching career in with the following endorsements based on interest:
And at BVU, a reading endorsement is automatically embedded in the elementary education major, providing each and every student a key, competitive advantage in the job market.
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Whether you want to stay a teacher for the rest of your career or use elementary education as a gateway to another position, this is your opportunity to make an impact on children of today and all of our future. Education provides open doors for children. Poverty and crime statistics are related to underserved populations regarding education – low literacy levels. Providing access to quality, rigorous education is not just a helping profession; it is an issue of social justice, opening doors for children and improving poverty and crime statistics related to underserved populations.
Applied learning outside of the classroom
Many opportunities to work and volunteer within the Storm Lake community exist in addition to student teaching including after school programs and time spent at Faith, Hope, and Charity for children with special needs. The diversity of the Storm Lake schools combined with our close working relationship with them is another benefit to students. AWOL trips for students looking for a week of volunteer opportunities over spring break often include volunteering in school settings or other contexts working with children.
BVU education majors understand disciplinary concepts, and then get to teach them in a variety of job markets – urban, rural, Midwest, and international.
We work collaboratively with colleagues, families, learners, and communities. Elementary teachers have opportunities to be creative and each day is always different.
A survey found that 100 percent of Elementary Education majors from the Class of 2018 were either employed or enrolled in graduate or professional school within six months of graduation.
Students who graduate with this major may attend graduate school and pursue careers as a school administrator, instructional coach, reading/literacy specialist, or education consultant.
Instrumental, Vocal, and Music Education
Instill your passion for art or music in a young generation of children by taking classes focused on art and music. Rather than a core curriculum in just education, students interested in teaching K-6 art or music will also enhance their skills in either studio art or music while working on their teaching techniques.
The elementary education major requires completion of three components:
The education core, which is required of all students seeking a teaching license, is the nucleus of the teacher education program and includes basic courses in education and psychology. Elementary education majors, students seeking secondary licensure, and Post Baccalaureate students are required to take all EDCO courses for a letter grade and to earn a minimum grade of “C-“ in each course.
Students pursuing K-12 Licensure (art, foreign language (Spanish education), music, PE) may take either EDCO 240 or EDCO 241, and EDCO 245 or EDCO 246. Each course includes learning related to the full span of age ranges; however, the focused range is different as indicated by the course title. The recommended path is to take one course focusing on school-age children (EDCO 240 or EDCO 245) and one course focusing on adolescents (EDCO 241 or EDCO 246). ESSI majors should take ESSI 102 and 103, instead of EDCO 303.
Elementary education majors are required to take all EDUC courses for a letter grade and to earn a minimum grade of “C-” in each course.