Elementary Education

Does the boundless curiosity of children intrigue you?  Maryville University St. Louis’ elementary teacher candidates are prepared in elementary partner schools to learn about the complexities of teaching, the importance of teachers in the early formation of citizens and all of the intricacies of elementary schools.  Teacher education candidates leave Maryville both with superb clinical experiences and with superior preparation in the liberal arts so that they can facilitate children’s learning in all subjects, including arts and aesthetics.  Teacher education students are placed in at least four different school settings, providing you a wealth of experiences in a diverse group of schools.

Maryville’s program in elementary education is the School of Education’s largest program. It serves those who wish to work with younger children through the first years of formal education (grades 1-6), providing teachers with a depth and breadth of preparation.  Partnerships with local elementary schools provide opportunities for preservice teachers to develop and improve their teaching skills throughout the program.  These collaborative partnerships serve not only Maryville’s preservice education students, but students in Maryville’s partner schools as well.

Because the School of Education is deeply committed to the integration of liberal and professional learning, the elementary education program places a heavy emphasis on an expanded general education curriculum that extends beyond the scope of most elementary programs and provides teachers in the elementary grades with knowledge that enables them to develop strong content assignments.  Strong areas of concentration provide in-depth preparation in a disciplinary area as well.

For more information: e-mail us at pgreene@maryville.edu or call 314.529.9581.

Program Features

Field Experiences
Maryville has more extensive and intensive school placements than any other university, supervised by Maryville faculty, providing you many opportunities to see and practice the techniques you learn in classes.  Well-established relationships with “partner” schools throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area allow you to work under the close supervision of Maryville professors and your cooperating teachers from partner schools, recording your experiences and developing your philosophy of teaching.  All preservice teacher education programs are highly grounded in multiple, long-term field experiences in the public schools. View timeline of field experience possibilities.

For more information contact: Penny Greene, School of Education at 314.529.9581 or by e-mail at pgreene@maryville.edu.

Preparation for the Changing World of Schools
Maryville’s School of Education is committed to preparing you to be a reflective teacher who is committed to the moral endeavor of schooling in a democracy.  We’ll prepare you for teaching in urban, suburban and rural settings, and give you exposure to different cultures through field placements and assignments like the Street Project - for which we won the 2004 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education.  As a sophomore, you’ll work with classmates in a comprehensive study of one of the streets in St. Louis as a way to better understand the culture and backgrounds of your prospective students.  You’ll focus on economic, cultural/ethnic, educational, and historical aspects of the street’s neighborhoods and communities. It’s an impressive project that is sure to engage you with your peers and St. Louis’ schools and communities. You’ll learn to teach in a way that allows all students access to knowledge.

Portfolio Preparation
Every teacher education student at Maryville receives assistance in preparing his or her professional portfolio, the record of his or her performances and accomplishments, beginning in the freshman year.  This portfolio provides a basis for the prospective teacher’s employment.

Options at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels
A number of options are available within elementary education: B.A. in elementary education, B.A. in elementary/early childhood, 3/2 program in elementary/early childhood leading to a masters, 3/2 program in psychology/elementary education leading to a masters, and 3/2 program in English/elementary education leading to a masters.

Professional/Career Opportunities

Excellent teachers are always in demand.  More than ever before, the country needs classroom teachers who are bright, articulate, dedicated to working with children and dedicated to helping children learn about their role in preserving our American democracy.  The future for new teachers is indeed bright.  There are national and local needs for quality teachers, especially teachers who are committed to a life of learning along with their students.  Maryville is known for preparing teachers well and for ensuring that they will continue to prepare for their roles throughout their lives as they continue to learn and reflect on their practice.

Maryville graduates are highly sought after in the St. Louis region. Because of the faculty’s extensive connections with the K-12 schools, Maryville students receive excellent opportunities for employment.

Degree Offerings and Requirements

Admission Requirements

As a new student, you will first be accepted to pre-education and will be able to enroll in EDUC 100, Introduction to Schooling. If you have a 2.70 cumulative grade point average, you’ll be eligible to enroll in the first block of professional education courses (EDUC 200, 201 and 309) the first semester of your sophomore year. During this semester (or for transfers their first semester at Maryville), you must submit a formal application for admission to teacher education. To be eligible for admission, you must have a 2.70 cumulative GPA, a 3.0 average in professional education coursework, a satisfactory practicum evaluation and pass the CBASE standardized test. We also require an annual criminal background check and TB screening.

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