Introduce learners in grades 1-6 to a variety of subjects and core reading and writing skills.
Elms prepares initially-licensed teachers in Massachusetts for grades 1-6. Elementary teachers help shape young students into the learners they will become. This is why the elementary education program at Elms College offers specialized, rigorous classroom instruction and personal guidance as you do fieldwork in area schools. Elementary teachers draw on the content of the relevant curriculum frameworks to plan activities and sequential units of study that are standards-based. Elementary Education students practice a balanced approach to reading and writing and employ a variety of teaching techniques in content-area instruction.
Elms College students are competent, caring individuals who understand their legal and moral responsibilities to all children and seek resources from colleagues, families, and the community to enhance their learning. They reflect critically upon their teaching experiences and identify areas for further professional development. We train teachers who are competent and caring, understand their responsibilities to all children, involve their pupils’ families in the learning process, and challenge their students to achieve their highest potential.
Elementary Education students will be able to:
- Use subject matter knowledge in reading and language arts, children’s and young adult literature, mathematics, history, social science, science, health, physical education, and the arts to plan curriculum and instruction.
- Communicate high standards and expectations when beginning and carrying out lessons that employ a variety of teaching techniques and reading and writing strategies.
- Promote achievement by all students, without exception.
- Create an environment that is conducive to learning.
- Meet legal and moral responsibilities for professional growth.
- Reflect critically upon teaching and learning.
- Meet state licensure standards for communication and literacy skills, subject matter knowledge, foundations of reading, and performance assessment.
Our education students get exposed to classroom teaching as early as their first semester.
Initial teaching licenses earned at Elms qualify candidates to begin teaching in Massachusetts and more than 40 states, islands, and territories.
Click to view course requirements for the Elementary Education (B.A,).
Click to collapse the course requirements for the Elementary Education (B.A,).
Initial License in Elementary Education (1-6)
Major Requirements (45 credits)
|Course #||Formerly||Course Name||# of Credit Hours|
|EDU 1000||EDU 100||Introduction to Schooling and Education||3|
|EDU 1008||EDU 108||Writing for Educators||3|
|PSY 2104||PSY 214||Children’s Learning and Development||3|
|EDU 3109||EDU 319||Students with Special Needs||3|
|EDU 4908||EDU 498||Developing Language & Literacy I||3|
|EDU 3004||EDU 304||Methods of Teaching Mathematics||3|
|EDU 3101||EDU 311||Writing Workshop||3|
|EDU 4909||EDU 499||Developing Language & Literacy II||3|
|EDU 3805||EDU 385||Inquiry-based Science Methods||3|
|EDU 4306||EDU 436||Social Studies Methods||3|
|EDU 4901||EDU 491||Educating English Language Learners||3|
|EDU 3600||EDU 360||Seminar in Professional Education||3|
|EDU 4250A||EDU 425A||Elementary (1-6); Initial Practicum||9|