Taking courses in Elementary Education sets the student on the path to becoming a fully certified elementary school teacher. A degree in Elementary Education prepares students for a career in teaching students grades K-6. The course of study explores the foundations of education in the United States as well as the mental, physical, and emotional development of children. The opportunity to observe master teachers is also included in the curriculum.
The program is transferable to teacher preparation programs at other four-year colleges and universities that award state licensure and certification for teachers. Requirements are prescribed and differ among four-year colleges and universities. It is imperative that you meet with an advisor
The convenient 2+2 program in Elementary Education is offered in partnership with Tennessee Technological University. Students can continue on with the final two years of teacher preparation locally with Tennessee Tech instructors at the Center for Education and Human Services (formerly the East Campus). The end result is an Associate of Science in Teaching (A.S.T.) and a Bachelor's Degree in K-6 Education that leads to becoming a fully licensed teacher.
Careers in elementary education include classroom teacher, reading specialist, subject area specialist, home-bound tutor, teacher's aide, and camp director.