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.

A 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.

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.

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.

Nearly each year, all of BVU's elementary education majors secure teaching positions by fall, allowing them to utilize their skills and reach a goal right after 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.

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

Internships

  • Cherokee School District
  • Taipei Language Institute
  • American School of Quito

Careers

  • American Samoa
  • Phoenix Advantage Charter School
  • Bright Horizons

Graduate School

  • Drake University
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • University of Minnesota

Major in Elementary Education (66-67 credit hours)

The elementary education major requires completion of four components:

  • The education core
  • Elementary education courses, including coursework for a K-8 Reading Endorsement
  • Required support coursework
  • An area of concentration (options below)

Support Work (minimum 33 credit hours)

  • 9 credit hours in social sciences/humanities to include history, geography, political science/ civic literacy, economics, and behavioral science
  • COMM 100 Fundamentals of Communication
  • 3 credit hours of literature
  • MATH 123 Mathematics for Elementary Education I
  • MATH 124 Mathematics for Elementary Education II
  • Additional Math course not including MATH 050 or MATH 100; MATH 130. Mathematical Ideas for the Liberal Arts or MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics is recommended, though not required.
  • Many of these courses will be completed through the general education program.

The Education Core (18-19 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 EDCO courses for a letter grade and to earn a minimum grade of “C-“ in each course.

  • EDCO 240 Human Development: School Age Children or EDCO 241 Human Development: Adolescents
  • EDCO 245 Learning and Motivation: School Age Children or EDCO 246 Learning and Motivation: Adolescents
  • EDCO 255 Professional Seminar I and Field Experience: Learning and Motivation
  • EDCO 280 History of American Education
  • EDCO 290/291 Professional Seminar II and Field Experience: Human Relations
  • EDCO 300 Differentiated Instruction for Exceptional Learners
  • EDCO 301 Introduction to Exceptional Learners
  • EDCO 303 Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • EDCO 390 Instructional Technology and Innovative Teaching

Elementary education courses including student teaching (48 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 317 Foundations of Literacy
  • EDUC 335 Development of Oral Communications
  • EDUC 342 Methods of Written Communications
  • EDUC 362 Methods of Physical Education and Health for Elementary Teachers
  • EDUC 363 Methods of Visual Art
  • EDUC 371 Methods of Data-Driven Literacy Instruction
  • EDUC 380 Language Development and Methods
  • EDUC 393 Elementary Math Methods & Field Experience
  • EDUC 410 Elementary Curriculum/ Social Studies Methods
  • EDUC 415 Reading Strategies and Instructional Methods: Fiction
  • EDUC 420 Reading Strategies and Instructional Methods: Informational Text
  • EDUC 443 Literacy Field Experience
  • TEAC 402 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Kindergarten or TEAC 403 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Elementary (1-3)
  • TEAC 404 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Elementary (4-6)

Support Work

  • 9 credit hours of science including physical science, earth/space science, and life science 
  • COMM 100 Fundamentals of Communication
  • 3 credit hours of literature
  • MATH 123 Mathematics for Elementary Education I
  • MATH 124 Mathematics for Elementary Education II
  • Additional Math course not including MATH 050 or MATH 100; MATH 140 Elementary. Applied Statistics is recommended, though not required.
  • 9 credit hours in social sciences/humanities to include history, geography, political science/civic literacy, economics, and behavioral science
  • Many of these courses will be completed through the general education program. 

Faculty

Dr.   Amy  Barth

Amy Barth

Assistant Professor of Education

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Dr.   John  Bedward

John Bedward

Assistant Professor of Education

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Mrs.   Erica  Boettcher

Erica Boettcher

Instructor of Special Education

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   Shaley  Cullen

Shaley Cullen

Instructor of Education

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Dr.   Callè  Friesen

Callè Friesen

Assistant Professor of Education

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Dr.   Brittany  Garling

Brittany Garling

Assistant Professor of Education

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Mr.   Mark  Hopkins

Mark Hopkins

Assistant Professor Education

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Dr.   Daniel  Strohmyer

Daniel Strohmyer

Director & Asst. Professor M.Ed. Program

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Dr.   Karin  Strohmyer

Karin Strohmyer

Assistant Professor of Special Education

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