Elementary Education


Welcome to the Elementary Education major! The Grace College School of Education's elementary education program meets the licensure requirements to teach in K-6 grade classroom setting. Both primary generalist (K-3) and intermediate generalist (4-6) issues are addressed in course content and application experiences.

The focus of the elementary education program is to prepare candidates in the dispositions, knowledge and skills needed to be effective in the K-6 classroom. Graduates of the program will be teachers of character who are competent in the profession and have a heart for service. The program includes a balance of foundational content and methods courses focused on current, research-based practices and procedures. Course content is designed to provide guided training in the educational components of planning, instruction, classroom management and professionalism.

In addition to campus-based coursework, candidates also devote100+ hours of field experience to work in local K-6 classrooms. Faculty teaching in the program include professors who are highly skilled and trained in the area of elementary education. The combined professional background of School of Education faculty provides for the perfect blend of theory and applied practice. Full-time faculty serve as advisors for elementary education majors. Their knowledge and understanding of all program requirements allow for more effective use of advising opportunities.

The School of Education is fortunate to have a wonderful working relationship with neighboring private, charter and public school corporations. These positive relationships provide diverse learning opportunities for our candidates. Tutoring, after school clubs, mentoring programs and part-time employment are just a few of the possible connections candidates can have with local schools. Additional community efforts that depend on the skills and talents of our candidates include our work with the Center for Lakes & Streams, in which elementary education candidates create and implement learning opportunities focused on the importance of our local lakes and streams for area fourth grade students. School of Education candidates have opportunities in local P-12 communities through carnivals, field trips, family programs and Science Central events. These are just some of the many ways you will be connected with faculty, community and students while earning your Elementary Education degree at Grace College!

Course Requirements for B.A. or B.S. in Elementary Education


Examples of courses in this major:

SED 1000  Teaching School in America

An introduction to the profession of teaching. Learning experiences are structured both in and out of the classroom with the purpose of assisting the college student in making career decisions relative to this profession such as to teach or not, at which level, and in which subject area. Students observe in local schools. Three hours. A grade of "B-" or better is required to reach candidacy status.

SED 2200  The School Age Child

A study of the learner at all grade levels and the many factors affecting learning, which include but are not limited to, theories of learning, environment, heredity, cultural impact, discipline, classroom management, exceptionalities and development. The measurement of academic aptitude and achievement is also covered. Practical application is stressed. Three hours. Prerequisite: SED 1000

SED 2400  Teaching Exceptional Learners

This course is designed to develop an understanding of children with disabilities, especially in an educational setting. It provides an introduction to the field of special education, but it is also helpful to the regular classroom teacher. Three hours. Prerequisite: SED 1000

SED 2500  Teaching in a Pluralistic Society

This course develops understanding and skill for working with children and parents who come from diverse backgrounds. Areas of diversity include race, ethnicity, native language, culture, class, gender, age, religion and ability. The focus is on increasing knowledge and respect for the diverse child in the classroom setting. Three hours. Prerequisite: SED 1000

SED 2600  Teaching and Learning

Common elements are taught to both elementary and secondary majors with techniques specific to each covered. Students develop a repertoire of methods and strategies appropriate to their major and teaching level. Students will also survey strategies, techniques and skills for managing a classroom as well as construct and analyze tests and evaluation tools for classroom teachers. Field experience is required. Three hours. Prerequisites: SED 1000, SED 2200.