Elementary Education Major

Elementary education forms the foundation on which children build their future. It is the essential basis for developing learners who possess the skills to explore the boundless opportunities life has to offer.

Saint Mary’s School of Education is committed to preparing elementary education majors to build relationships with young learners, equipping them with the tools they need to build a positive future.

Elementary education majors benefit from Saint Mary’s commitment to small class sizes, one-on-one attention from professors, faculty with years of classroom experience, and field experiences that begin in the sophomore year. Strong emphasis is placed on gaining extensive field experience in a variety of settings prior to graduation, and faculty connect these field experiences to coursework, combining theory and practice, modeling effective instruction, providing relevant context, and building confidence to address the variety of situations future teachers will encounter.

Career Options

A majority of graduates pursue classroom teaching in public or private K-6/8 schools. Others go on to seek advanced degrees from Saint Mary's in special education, literacy, ELL/bilingual education, educational administration, curriculum and instruction, school counseling, or school psychology. Education majors also have career opportunities in other fields such as business and management.

High School Preparation

English Literature and Writing; Mathematics; Biology; Physics; History; Psychology; World Language; Speech

Enhance Your Experience

Elementary education majors often pursue additional courses in psychology and sociology.

Subject Area Specialization Options

Students choosing to be certified in Elementary Education take courses leading to licensure in grades K–6. In addition to an elementary license, majors may choose to complete a subject area specialization (also referred to as an endorsement) in Communication Arts and Literature, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, or Spanish.