The Elementary Education Major (K-6)

The Elementary Education (K-6) major at Lyon is designed to prepare students to be effective, committed, caring teachers at the elementary (K-6) level. Through a course of study grounded firmly in the liberal arts, the major fosters intellectual skills, humane instincts, content and pedagogical competence, and an understanding of the developmental processes of children. Students majoring in Elementary Education must submit to a criminal records check prior to practicum placement in the junior year and must be formally admitted by the Liberal Arts Teacher Education Committee prior to enrolling in the senior internship. Candidates must earn passing scores on the state-approved content assessment prior to completing the program and on the state-approved pedagogical assessment prior to recommendation for licensure.

Requirements for a Major in Elementary Education

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*With the permission of the faculty advisor(s), students who have completed all other coursework may request a one-semester full-day internship placement worth 12 credit hours in lieu of the two-semester half-day internship.

**Course may also satisfy a distribution requirement in the core curriculum – 3 credit hours in Social Sciences, 3 credit hours in Mathematics, 4 credit hours in Lab Science

NOTE: The Student Internship includes an on-campus seminar taken during the fall and spring semesters of the senior year. Candidates at all licensure levels will meet one hour a week on the Lyon campus to review intern experiences and discuss relevant topics such as the following: learning environment/classroom culture; instructional materials/resources, media, and technology; curriculum development; instructional strategies; constructive assessment; character education; educational foundations; first aid/wellness/crisis intervention; exceptional children; multicultural education; and school law.