Elementary Education

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.

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An Abundance of Career Options

Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in:

  • Elementary teacher – general education classroom K-6
  • Preschool teacher with PKK endorsement
  • Special education teacher with ESSI endorsement
  • English as a second language teacher with TESL endorsement

BVU provides opportunities to focus your teaching career in with the following endorsements based on interest:

  • Young children - early childhood endorsement
  • Older children – middle school endorsement
  • Integrated science, technology, engineering, & math – STEM endorsement
  • Children with diverse needs – special education endorsement
  • Teaching English and helping new immigrants – Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) endorsement

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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A Future Impact

BVU means high demand, high quality

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.

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Diverse Field Experiences

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.

Boundless Experiences

BVU education majors understand disciplinary concepts, and then get to teach them in a variety of job markets – urban, rural, Midwest, and international.

Create and Collaborate

We work collaboratively with colleagues, families, learners, and communities. Elementary teachers have opportunities to be creative and each day is always different.

In Demand

A survey found that 100 percent of Elementary Education majors from the Class of 2017 were either employed or enrolled in graduate or professional school within six months of graduation.

Careers

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.

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Art and Music

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.

Art

Music

Major in Elementary Education (66-67 Credit Hours)
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Faculty

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Dr. Amy Barth
Assistant Professor of Education
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Dr. John Bedward
Associate Professor of Education
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Shaley Cullen
Curriculum Design Instructor
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Dr. Grace Eason
Professor of Environmental & Science Education
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Dr. Callè Friesen
Associate Professor of Education
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Dr. Brittany Garling
Assistant Professor of Education
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Dr. Leslie Haas
Assistant Professor of Education
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Mr. Mark Hopkins
Instructor of Education
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Michelle Huntress
Instructor of Education- Literacy/Early Childhood
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Pennie Klepper
Instructor of Education- STEM
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Jennifer Redenius
Instructor of Education- Education Foundations
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Melissa Regelstad
Instructor of Education- Literacy/Early Childhood
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Jill Siefken
Instructor of Education- Literacy/Early Childhood
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Dr. Daniel Strohmyer
Director & Asst. Professor M.Ed. Program
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Jacalyn Swink
Instructor of Education- Literacy/Early Childhood
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Dr. Jill Tussey
Assistant Professor of Education- Literacy/Early Childhood
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Heidi Vasher
Instructor of Education- Education Foundations
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Robert Williams
Instructor of Education- Literacy/Early Childhood
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Tessa Yackle
Instructor of Education- Literacy/Early Childhood
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