Winthrop University: COE - Elementary Education
Contact Information
Dr. Joy Stapleton
Program Director
232-P Withers Building
Rock Hill, SC 29733
803-323-2585 (fax)

Elementary Education

About Elementary Education

The elementary education program leads students to successful teaching careers in today's schools. We seek to inspire educators with a commitment to leadership, stewardship, collaboration, and innovation. Students pursuing a degree in elementary education learn from engaging and meaningful field experiences in local schools. Beginning in the freshman year, our elementary education teacher candidates participate in field experiences in public school settings.

The Major

The elementary education program at Winthrop University maintains an intense, clinically-based curriculum. We believe in hands-on, engaging instruction that models best practices in teaching and prepares candidates to plan, implement, and analyze meaningful learning experiences for their students. Our classes develop strong connections between between teacher candidates and faculty. Candidates are not only prepared to teach; they are highly effective educators ready to meet the diversity and demands characterized by 21st century classrooms.

Our program offers a Bachelor of Science in elementary education (123 credit hours), which prepare future teacher for initial certification in teaching grades 2-6. The coursework is designed to prepare teacher candidates for success in the elementary classroom, certification in elementary education, and optional certification in early childhood education.

Elementary Education Majors:

  • Spend an average of 1,200 hours in public school classrooms, including a year-long internship in their senior year;
  • Learn to develop research-based strategies to implement our belief that all children can learn; and
  • Are prepared to effectively integrate available technology and resources to reach all learners and connect them to the world beyond the classroom.


The elementary education program truly prepares you for your life as an educator. The elementary education program is filled with amazing professors who get to know you and care about your success. We all get to know one another and truly form unforgettable friendships. - Celina-Maria Espinosa, '17

In short, going through the elementary education program at Winthrop University was one of the most challenging and most rewarding experiences of my life. I gained lifelong friendships with both fellow students and professors, and my passion for education was cultivated. I am not only confident in my teaching ability, but I am also confident to serve as a future teacher leader. - Sarah Helms, '15

Winthrop University's elementary education program is one that truly prepares its students for the classroom. Teacher candidates learn from passionate professors who work diligently to provide a variety of meaningful hands-on experiences for their students. This program has taught me so much about being a knowledgeable, passionate, and child-centered educator. - Jamie Whiteaker, '17

The Winthrop University elementary education program has allowed me to feel confident in my qualifications as a future educator through personal connections made with my professors, many semester-long experiences in multiple school atmospheres in the local area, and classes that recognize the knowledge of diverse learners that teacher must possess in an elementary setting. - Casey Davis, '17

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The elementary education program received "National Recognition" by the Association for Childhood Education International to receive NCATE accreditation.

Last Updated: 8/1/19