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Elementary Education

Philosophy and Goals

Within a liberal arts framework, the purpose of the Elementary Education program is to prepare students with the content knowledge, theoretical background, and practical experience necessary for success as classroom teachers.

Through small classes and close student-faculty interaction, the following concepts are emphasized: the ability to communicate clearly in both speech and writing; the ability to assess and address the varying needs, abilities and learning styles of all students; the ability to implement an integrated curriculum as well as employ various teaching methods and strategies; and the ability to understand the need for continuous professional growth when employed as a teacher.