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Education Majors

Elementary Education

The Elementary Education curriculum prepares you to be an ethical teacher of excellence in public or private elementary schools. It combines a strong liberal arts background with rigorous professional development. The apprenticeship model requires extensive practical experience in public and private school classrooms in preparation for the final semester of student teaching.

After satisfying the pre-education requirements, you'll apply for admission to the formal education program. You must earn a minimum 3.0 GPA in courses required for the major and a minimum 3.0 GPA in courses required for the complementary endorsements.


After satisfying the pre-education requirements, students make formal application for admission to the education program of the University. Admission is based on the following criteria: 
  • Overall minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and minimum 3.0 GPA in the pre-education program with a) grades of B or higher in ENGL 101, SPCH 103 or 126, EDUC 111, 145, 243 or 244, 280, plus for the 12 hours of initial endorsement coursework required for secondary education majors only; and b) a minimum grade of C in all other pre-education courses. No D grades are accepted for pre-education, major, or endorsement coursework. Students who need to raise their grade in the pre-education courses are limited to one repeat attempt per course. 
  • Satisfactory evaluation of potential as a teacher in the field experience component of EDUC 111 or its equivalent. 
  • Successful personal interview at the discretion of the Teacher Education Admissions Committee. 
  • Three prescribed letters of recommendation.
  • All students must pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests, which include mathematics, reading and writing. Passing scores established by Grand View are those recommended by ETS (Educational Testing Service) and are as follows: Reading = 156, Writing = 157, and Mathematics = 139. Students may take the required tests any time before applying to the program. Not passing the required tests makes the student ineligible for admission and prevents the student from enrolling in methods and practicum courses. 
  • Students formally admitted to the baccalaureate program in education are required to successfully complete the curriculum maintaining at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average and a minimum 3.0 GPA in the major and each endorsement. 
Upon successful completion of the required curriculum of 130 credits, you are recommended to the State of Iowa Board of Educational Examiners for licensure in Elementary Education.

Elementary Education majors must complete at least one endorsement in addition to the initial Elementary Education K-6 Endorsement - unless they are pursuing the K-12 Art Education or K-12 Music Education endorsements.

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Courses and Requirements

Prerequisite courses for admission to teacher education, one year prescribed pre-education program including: Grade B or better

  • First-Year Composition
  • Math for Elementary Teachers I
  • 2 science courses
  • General Psychology
  • Making Connections OR Speaking of Faith and Meaning
  • Introduction to Education
  • Engaging All Learners
  • Instructional Planning and Assessment
  • Human Relations Training
  • Human Development

Courses Required for the Major:

  • Instructional Technologies
  • Methods of Elementary Art Education
  • Methods of Elementary Physical Education
  • Music for the Elementary Classroom OR Theatre Arts for Children
  • 1 course in History, Geography, or Political Science
  • Pedagogies of Exceptional Learners
  • Education Practicum: Primary Elementary
  • Education Practicum: Intermediate Elementary
  • Elementary Classroom Management
  • Teaching Reading in the Primary Grades (K-2)
  • Teaching Literacy in the Intermediate Grades (3-8)
  • Literature for Children & Adolescents
  • Teaching of Elementary Science
  • Math for Elementary Teachers II
  • Teaching of Elementary Mathematics
  • Teaching of Elementary Social Studies
  • Elementary Student Teaching

Plus all required coursework for ONE complementary Elementary Education endorsement:

  • English/Language Arts
  • Health
  • Instructional Strategist I: Mild and Moderate
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Spanish

For detailed course descriptions, please go to the current catalog HERE

Career Options

Many Grand View graduates in Elementary Education have secured teaching and administrative positions. A few of the positions of our recent graduates in Elementary Education include:   

  • Elementary teacher and vice principal, Hillis Elementary School, Des Moines
  • Learning disabilities teacher, Findley Elementary School, Des Moines
  • Behavior disorders teacher, Brooks Elementary School, Des Moines
  • Fourth grade teacher, Rolling Green Elementary School, Urbandale
  • Elementary special education teacher, Galva-Holstein Community Schools, Holstein

One of the strengths of Grand View’s program is the practical, in-school experiences required and available to education students. Grand View’s location in Des Moines allows opportunity for these field experiences in the many neighborhood schools in the metro area and in the surrounding suburban and small community school districts.

Grand View has strong professional connections with many area school districts. Students have student taught at Des Moines Public Schools, Ankeny schools, Dallas Center/Grimes and many other area schools districts.


Get involved and join The Education Club!

Sponsor: Ms. Lindsay Grow
Rasmussen, Room 236


Program Applications

These applications are for current Grand View students. If you are a prospective student interested in majoring in education, you will apply to Grand View through the usual admissions process, then apply to the teacher education program at an appropriate point.  To apply to Grand View, please go here. Current students can find applications for the program on the teacher education Blackboard community site.

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