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Richard Hernandez '20

“As a teacher you really want to stress the enjoyment of learning, especially with those younger grades. I’m a lifelong learner — that’s something I want to give to younger kids.”

A double major in elementary education and mathematics, Richard increased his understanding of classroom dynamics by completing observations at Bowe Elementary School and Chicopee High School.

Specialized, Rigorous Classroom Instruction. Personal Guidance.

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.

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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.