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.

Admission requirements include: a minimum 2.5 grade point average in pre-education curriculum; no D grades in pre-education curriculum; successful completion of the English proficiency requirement; successful completion of the PRAXIS I/Pre-Professional Skills Test and satisfactory references.

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

Department Courses in the Core:

  • Introduction to Studio Visual Arts

Prerequisite Courses for Admission to Teacher Education:
One year prescribed pre-education program including:

  • Introduction to Studio Visual Arts
  • First Year Composition
  • Intermediate Algebra
  • General Psychology
  • Human Development
  • Introduction to Speech Communication

One Science Course: Physical or Biological, See Course Schedules

Departmental Courses Required of All Majors:

  • Introduction to Education
  • Engaging All Learners
  • Instructional Planning and Assessment
  • Educational Media
  • Human Relations Training
  • Education Practicum: Primary Elementary (K-3)
  • Education Practicum: Intermediate (4,5,6)
  • Teaching Elementary Science
  • Teaching Elementary Mathematics
  • Teaching Elementary Social Studies
  • Teaching Reading in the Primary Grades (K-2)
  • Teaching Literacy in the Intermediate and Middle Grades (3-8)
  • Elementary Student Teaching
  • Elementary Classroom Management

Required Courses From Other Departments:

  • Literature for Children & Adolescents
  • Math for Elementary Teachers
  • Psychology of Exceptional Children

Another Science Course: Physical or Biological (whichever type not previously taken), See Course Schedules

Two of the Following Three:

  • Methods of Elementary Art Education
  • Methods of Elementary Physical Education
  • Music Methods: Elementary

Other Requirements for All Majors:
One additional endorsement: See catalog for requirements

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


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