Elementary Education Department
The Elementary Education Program prepares students for careers teaching and working with elementary school children in public school settings. Students build knowledge and applied skills through liberal arts and sciences coursework and courses relating directly to the experience of working with elementary school children.
Graduates of the Program move directly into the career field as paraeducators/teacher aides or transfer after graduation into four-year college teacher preparation programs where they will complete the requirements for the Initial Elementary Education Teacher License to teach in first through sixth grade public school settings. The Elementary Education Transfer Degree option satisfies the requirements of the Commonwealth Elementary Education Transfer Compact.
For students who want to build skills and knowledge quickly to work in classroom settings, the ParaEducator Certificate is a 6-course, 18-credit certificate designed especially for people who work as paraprofessionals/teacher aides. Courses required for the ParaEducator Certificate also apply to the Elementary Education Transfer Option.
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