Elementary Education (K-6th)

Bachelor of Arts

Program Coordinator:  Dr. Belinda Eggen, Nash Hall, Room 313, beggen@mhu.edu; 828-689-1442

All students must be formally admitted into the Teacher Education Program (TEP) for Elementary Education.  Please contact the TEP office for further information about admission requirements and the admission process (828-689-1204; llink@mhu.edu).

The Elementary Education Program is designed to assist undergraduate students in developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for becoming effective and successful kindergarten through 6th grade elementary teachers.  The Teacher Education Program (TEP) is committed to students' academic, professional, and personal development and success.

The Elementary Education curriculum will prepare students:

1.   To demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the theories and principles of learning, growth, and development.
2.   To exhibit a knowledge and understanding of the major concepts in the elementary program (language arts and literacy, mathematics, social studies, science, health and physical education, and cultural arts).
3.   To create learning environments which are conducive to exploration, inquiry, discovery, experimentation, and problem-solving appropriate to the needs, interests and abilities of children.
4.   To develop appropriate curricular goals and objectives and develop instructional strategies to facilitate acquisition of these goals and objectives.
5.   To use a variety of assessment strategies in accessing student learning needs.
6.   To use a variety of developmentally appropriate strategies to effectively design and deliver instruction in all areas of elementary education (language arts and literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, health and physical education, and cultural arts).
7.   To make connections across the curriculum and integrate study in the various curriculum areas.
8.   To develop and demonstrate skill in classroom management.
9.   To appreciate and encourage respect for diversity.
10. To use appropriate instructional technology.
11. To exhibit effective human relations skills.
12. To recognize commonalities and differences within the classroom and to accommodate individual needs.
13. To understand historical, cultural, philosophical, and sociological influences on elementary education.
14. To model and promote personal and professional ethics and values.
15. To understand, model, and communicate appropriate safety behaviors in the classroom.
16. To exhibit effective communication skills.
17. To exhibit effective human relation skills in working with students, parents, staff, administrators, and the general public.

Students must complete academic requirements in General Education curriculum, Elementary Education major requirements, and electives for a total of 128 credit hours.