Elementary Education Major

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As a BU Pilot elementary teacher, you will be prepared to lead as well as master the most current research-based knowledge of instruction and curriculum of children grades K-6. Bethel enjoys partnerships with area school districts. Throughout the Teacher Preparation Program, you will gain hundreds of hours of classroom experience, including a 12- to 15-week Student Teaching experience and experience in a full-day kindergarten classroom in partnership with the School City of Mishawaka.

An effective teacher’s development includes acquiring the necessary skills, knowledge, and disposition to teach in a classroom or online setting. Bethel’s programs continually seek ways to ensure our teacher candidates receive the best instruction based on the latest educational research.

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12- to 15-week

student teaching placements

11:1

student-to-faculty ratio

100%

of students receive some form of financial assistance

Elementary Education Major

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Program – 4 years

Introductory Courses focus on subjects that teachers need to succeed in their field. They typically include:

  • Foundations of Education: An introduction for teacher candidates to the profession of education.
  • School-Age Growth and Development: An examination of the prevailing philosophies and theories of child development.
  • Educational Pedagogy I: Introduces teacher candidates to theories and research concerning teaching and learning.
  • Diversity in the Classroom: An examination of students from diverse cultural, racial, economic and language groups – as well as students with physical, psycho-social and intellectual exceptionalities.

Higher-Level Courses continue to prepare you for the tasks and challenges of the classroom. You will be studying:

  • Child/Adolescent Development, Motivation, and Learning: An exploration of the social, physical, emotional and intellectual growth of children as related to learning and the motivation to learn.
  • Effective Practices: Planning, Instruction, and Assessment: An examination of the effective practices and the challenges of the modern classroom – including the ability to modify instruction for learners with needs outside of mainstream instructional practices.
  • Community-Building for Effective Classroom Management: An exploration of the strategies for fostering a sense of community in the classroom and developing positive relationships with and among students.
  • Exploring Dimensions of Literacy through an in-depth study of literacy development and the strategies for helping students learn to read and develop vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, writing skills, content-area literacy and media literacy.
  • Instruction and Assessment: An in-depth study of teaching strategies designed to ensure mastery of content and help students become effective citizens of a democratic and culturally diverse society.

Prepare for an exciting future as a/an:

  • Teacher
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Instructional Coordinator/Specialist
  • Academic Coach
  • Educational Consultant
  • Child Care Director
  • Camp Director

Recent graduates have found positions in a variety of schools/corporations including:

  • Penn-Harris-Madison
  • School City of Mishawaka
  • Concord Community Schools
  • Elkhart Christian Academy
  • South Bend Community Schools

You’ll gain career-shaping skills such as:

  • How to teach in a classroom or online setting. 
  • Social, political, economic, and historical issues within schools.
  • The prevailing philosophies and theories of child development.
  • Theories and research concerning teaching and learning.
  • An examination of students from diverse cultural, racial, economic, and language groups – as well as students with physical, psycho-social, and intellectual exceptionalities.
  • The social, physical, emotional, and intellectual growth of children as related to learning and the motivation to learn.
  • Effective practices and adaptations for challenges of the modern classroom.
  • Strategies for fostering a sense of community in the classroom and developing positive relationships with and among students.
  • How to help students learn to read and develop vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, writing skills, content-area literacy, and media literacy.

All education majors begin working in classrooms with students during their freshman year.

Student Teaching

The final step in earning a Bachelor’s in Education — and a critical step in qualifying for teacher certification in most states — is to spend time in an actual classroom. Typically, your program will place you in a local school, where you will gradually assume complete teaching responsibility and take full control of the classroom for six to eight weeks during a 12- to 15-week placement.

 

 

Student teaching placements include:

  • Penn-Harris-Madison
  • School City of Mishawaka
  • Concord Community Schools
  • Elkhart Christian Academy
  • South Bend Community Schools 
  • Internationally – Candidates can student teach abroad in almost any country.
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Elementary Education Major Highlights

Be prepared to lead as you master the most current research-based knowledge of instruction and curriculum for grades K-6. Gain hundreds of hours of classroom experience through the teacher preparation program, including a 12- to 15-week student teaching experience and a full-day kindergarten classroom in partnership with the School City of Mishawaka.

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