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About Elementary Education

The elementary education program provides students with a broad academic background and the professional education knowledge and skills necessary for elementary teachers in grades 2-6. The undergraduate program in elementary education is a 124 semester-hour program leading to a Bachelor of Science in education. All students seeking to complete a degree that leads to teacher certification must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program when they have 45 hours and have met other requirements. The Professional Education sequence for elementary education requires 63 hours of coursework focused on the development of pedagogical and content knowledge.

The Major

The B.S. in elementary education is a degree program for undergraduate students at Winthrop University who wish to teach and earn an initial South Carolina teaching certification for grades 2-6. Elementary education majors develop content and pedagogical knowledge as they explore current research and best practice. Students pursuing a degree in Elementary Education also benefit from engaging hands-on experiences and meaningful visits to local schools. The curriculum focuses on a conceptual framework—Teacher as Educational Leader—and prepares Winthrop’s graduates for the ever-changing world of education.

Elementary Education Majors:

  • Are prepared to teach in 21st century schools;
  • Learn to develop research-based strategies to implement our belief that all children can learn;
  • Are prepared to effectively integrate available technology and resources to reach all learners and connect them to the world beyond the classroom.

The Program

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in elementary education are exposed to a wide range of instruction that prepares them for teaching in today's classrooms. The NCATE- accredited program incorporates a research-based curriculum with practical, real world classroom experiences in area elementary schools. The major requires 63 semester hours in the professional education sequence, including approximately 29 semester hours in the core curriculum. Elementary education students also learn to integrate the latest technology into the classroom curriculum. The planned field experience sequence includes numerous professional interactions with teachers in local public schools.

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The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education program received "National Recognition" by the Association for Childhood Education International to receive NCATE accreditation.

Dr. Joy Stapleton
Program Director
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