To provide the necessary undergraduate preparation in elementary education, early childhood education and middle grades education for students completing an initial endorsement in these areas;
To provide a fundamental background in the nature of infants, children and young adolescents for students completing programs in early childhood, elementary education and middle grades;
To provide courses to meet the needs of students enrolled in programs beyond those in the Department of Elementary/Early Childhood Education;
To provide appropriate educational experiences for a variety of populations in local preschools, elementary and middle schools.
Special Note: Full admission to the Teacher Education Program is required before Elementary Education Majors are allowed to enroll in the following: ART 360; ELED 370, 372, 373, 405, 463, and 465; PTE 464 and 400. Students are expected to meet with their advisor each semester to outline the requirements and establish a plan for admission to Teacher Education.
A minor in Early Childhood Education is available for students not pursuing certification in this area.