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Why should I earn an elementary education degree?
Flourish as an elementary teacher or pursue school administration, instructional coaching, education consulting, and more.
Between summer vacations and school holidays, teaching schedules are ideal for those wanting a generous balance between work and life.
The work you do as an elementary teacher will inform the rest of a child’s life and education. Choose an empowering career that makes a difference.
What I Can Do With an Elementary Education Degree
- Teach young children — early childhood endorsement
- Teach older children — middle school endorsement
- Teach integrated STEM, special education, or TESOL with endorsements
Why study education at BVU?
As an elementary education major at BVU, you will have the opportunity to put what you’re learning into practice in a real classroom. You can expect quality student teaching experiences in local schools as well as a variety of supportive volunteer options. BVU has a close working relationship with Faith, Hope, and Charity, a courageous organization for children with special needs. Alternative Week of Learning (AWOL) will also allow you to experience a week-long immersive trip volunteering in different cultural contexts.
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Elementary Education Courses
- Major in Elementary Education (50 Credit Hours)
The elementary education major requires completion of four components:
- The education core
- The elementary education courses
- Complete an endorsement in at least one area complimentary to the elementary education major
- Complete the required support coursework for elementary education
The Education Core (19 credit hours)
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 ESSI courses for a letter grade and to earn a minimum grade of “C-“ in each course.
- EDCO 250 Educational Psychology/Human Development and Field Experience*
- EDCO 280 History of American Education
- EDCO 291 Human Relations Field Experience
- EDCO 390 Instructional Technology and Innovative Teaching
- EDUC 336 Literacy Foundations I
- ESSI 101 Introduction to Exceptional Learners
- ESSI 303 Methods of Teaching Differentiated Curriculum and Field Experience
* Prerequisite: Students must complete a background check prior to beginning this field experience. The
background check will be conducted by BVU's Human Resource department and is at the student's expense.
Elementary education courses including student teaching (34 credit hours)
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.
- EDUC 337 Literacy Foundations II
- EDUC 338 Literacy Methods and Field Experience
- EDUC 362 Methods of Physical Education and Health for Elementary Teachers
- EDUC 363 Methods of Visual Arts for Elementary Teachers
- EDUC 364 Methods of Performing Arts for Elementary Teachers
- EDUC 393 Elementary Math Methods and Field Experience
- EDUC 394 Elementary Science Methods
- EDUC 410 Elementary Curriculum/Social Studies Methods
- MATH 123 Mathematics for Elementary Education I
- MATH 124 Mathematics for Elementary Education II
- TEAC 403 Student Teaching in Elementary (K-3)
- TEAC 404 Student Teaching in Elementary (4-6)
- 9 credit hours of science including physical science, earth/space science, and life science
- COMM 100 Fundamentals of Communication
- 9 credit hours in social sciences/humanities which must include history, geography, political science/civic literacy, economics, and behavioral science
- Many of these courses will be completed through the general education program.
What are Endorsements?
Adding an endorsement to a degree in education empowers students to take their education and career even further by choosing an additional specialized subject area and/or grade level they are qualified to teach. These endorsements are especially valuable to BVU graduates as they gain further in-depth knowledge in an area of their choice, increasing their marketability and success in the classroom.
Transfer to BVU
BVU has transfer agreements with Iowa’s community colleges, helping you get the most out of your hard-earned credits.
Contact an academic advisor at 712.749.1000 to see how your credits will transfer.
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Explore your future potential through our wide selection of outstanding undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
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