A Career in Elementary Education
Teachers play an important role in fostering the intellectual and social development of children during their formative years. The education that teachers impart plays a key role in determining the future prospects of their students. Whether in private or public schools, teachers provide the tools and the environment for their students to develop into responsible adults.
Teachers act as facilitators or coaches, using classroom presentations or individual instruction to help students learn and apply concepts in subjects such as science, mathematics, or English. They plan, evaluate, and assign lessons; prepare, administer, and grade tests; listen to oral presentations; and maintain classroom discipline. Teachers observe and evaluate a student’s performance and potential and increasingly are asked to use new assessment methods.
They then can provide additional assistance in areas in which a student needs help. Teachers also grade papers, prepare report cards, and meet with parents and school staff to discuss a student’s academic progress or personal problems.
You can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education at Purdue University North Central. A student must meet Gate requirements in order to proceed with their education degree. One requirement of the Gate System is the successful completion of the PRAXIS tests. The degree meets licensing requirements of the Indiana Professional Standards Board and the Purdue University School of Education. It includes a 16-week student teaching requirement, completed at an area elementary school.
Education General Course Requirements
- Exploring Teaching as a Career
- Multiculturalism and Education
- Integrating Technology in the Classroom
- History and Philosophy of Education
- Learning and Motivation
- The Inclusive Classroom
- Media for Children
- Social Studies in the Elementary Schools
- Literacy Instruction in K-3 Classrooms
- Mathematics in the Elementary School
- Science in the Elementary School
- Creating and Managing Learning Environments
- Assessment in the Elementary School
- Student Teaching and Theory into Practice
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