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Elementary Education Major

As an educator you will have the privilege and challenge of educating future generations. Grand View's accredited education program is committed to the preparation of teachers of excellence. It is a dynamic and respected teacher-preparation program. Education faculty, in partnership with practicing teachers, model effective teaching and classroom management. Students spend at least two semesters in supervised in-school settings in preparation for the student teaching experience. You'll also learn critical thinking and problem solving strategies and will be coached in the development of a personal teaching philosophy. 

Whatever life experiences have made you consider becoming a teacher, Grand View can help you become a great one. Here, you’ll get the knowledge and experience to become a reflective, compassionate, and socially conscious teacher—with the power to create real, long-term change in the communities where you live and work.

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Why Grand View?

  • Faculty members nurture individual students while holding them accountable on their path to becoming a professional educator.
  • We are uniquely positioned in Des Moines, Iowa, which allows students to experience urban, suburban and rural classrooms in practicum and student teaching.
  • Committed to developing teachers who are empowered to meet the diverse needs of today's students.
  • You have the opportunity to participate in a one-of-a-kind, research-based grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This five-year grant will prepare teachers with ESL endorsements. You will gain cutting edge skills, marketability and other incentives.
  • The Grand View teacher education program is accredited by the Iowa Department of Education.
  • Earn graduate credit: eligible undergrads can dual-enroll in up to six hours of graduate coursework to count toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Career Options

A few 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

What Can I Do With This Major?

Vision Statement

Grand View’s Teacher Education Program EMPOWERS teachers, through vibrant learning communities and self-reflection, to be INNOVATIVE, CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE, and RESOURCEFUL LEADERS who are empowered to respond to the dynamic needs of learners for a global society.

Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO)

The purpose of the Grand View Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO) is to promote and advocate for bilingual/bicultural/ELL education. BESO provides opportunities for students to network, fellowship, support one another and grow through professional development. BESO also seeks to serve/mentor/recruit future bilingual educators and engage with underrepresented populations in the community. Attending and participating in conferences related to bilingual/bicultural/ELL, enhancing leadership skills and connecting with resources are other main purposes of BESO.

In affiliation with the National Association of Bilingual Educators, BESO is the first such group in Iowa.

Course Requirements

Pre-education Requirements / Prerequisites

Minimum 3.0 GPA Required (19 credits toward the major plus 13 credits toward general education core requirements)

Please note courses marked with * will not be counted in computing the GPA for the major, unless required for the content major or endorsements sought.

ENGL 101* or
ENGL 252* or
ENGL 220*
First-Year Composition or
Academic Writing or
Academic English for Multilingual Students II
3 credits or
3 credits or
4 credits
MATH 145* Math for Elementary Teachers I 3 credits

BIOL 100* or
BIOL 101* or 
PHSC 101*

How Life Works or
General Biology I or
Physical and Earth Science
4 credits
PSYC 101* General Psychology 3 credits
SPCH 103 or
SPCH 126
Making Connections or Speaking of Faith and Meaning 3 credits
EDUC 111 Introduction to Education 3 credits
EDUC 146 Psychology and Development for Educators 3 credits
EDUC 243 Instructional Planning & Assessment 3 credits
EDUC 280 Social Issues in Education 3 credits

Additional Prerequesites

4 credits toward general education core requirements.

Please note courses marked with * will not be counted in computing the GPA for the major, unless required for the content major or endorsements sought.

BIOL 100* or 
BIOL 101* or
PHSC 101*
How Life Works or
General Biology I; or
Physical and Earth Science
4 credits

Common Core Requirements

EDUC 245 Instructional Technologies 2 credits
ARTS 142 Methods of Elementary Art Education 1 credit
EDUC 184 Elementary Health and PE Methods for Classroom Teachers 1 credit
MUSC 142 or
THTR 320
Music for the Elementary Classroom or
Theatre Arts for Children
2 credits
3 credits

One course in HIST, GEOG, or POLS, preferred selection from:

HIST 111 or
HIST 112 or
HIST 113 or
HIST 340 or
POLS 110
Colonial and Revolutionary America or The U.S.: Republic to Empire, 1789-1898 or The American Century: U.S. Since 1898 or Iowa History or National Government 3 credits
EDUC 242 Pedagogies of Exceptional Learners 3 credits
EDUC 306 Education Practicum: Primary Elementary 2 credits
EDUC 307 Education Practicum: Intermediate Elementary 2 credits
EDUC 442 Elementary Classroom Management 2 credits
EDUC 324 Teaching Reading in the Primary Grades (K-2) 3 credits
EDUC 325 Teaching Literacy in the Intermediate Grades (3-8) 3 credits
ENGL 217 Literature for Children and Adolescents 3 credits
EDUC 312 Teaching of Elementary Science 3 credits
MATH 155 Math for Elementary Teachers II 3 credits
EDUC 313 Teaching of Elementary Mathematics 3 credits
EDUC 314 Teaching of Elementary Social Studies 3 credits
EDUC 420 Elementary Student Teaching 12 credits

PLUS all required coursework for any ONE of the following Elementary Education endorsements: English/Language Arts (27 credits), English as a Second Language K-12 (21 credits), Health (25-27 credits), Instructional Strategist I: Mild and Moderate (25 credits), Instructional Strategist II: Intellectual Disability K-12 (25 credits), Instructional Strategist II: Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Disorders K-12 (25 credits), Mathematics (26-27 credits), Reading (28-29 credits), Social Studies K-8 (24 credits), Spanish (27 credits), or STEM K-8 (36 credits).

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Awards and Accomplishments

Lindsay P. Grow, Ed.D. • Worked to build and bring the ELL endorsement to Grand View in 2015, works behind the scenes to make sure the Grand View education program meets current policies and procedures with the Iowa Department of Education, led the accreditation report writing effort in 2016-2017 in preparation for the site visit in 2017, and attends conferences twice a year with Iowa Association for Colleges of Teacher Education.

Jaclyn M. Easter • Assistant Professor of Education, presents frequently on investigating elementary teachers’ philosophy and nature of technology (PNOT) instruction and the impact of a year-long professional development on elementary teachers’ teaching of math and science. Also has many publications on improving student learning and pedagogical views and rationales.

Return on Your Investment

At Grand View, we believe the best way to become a successful elementary school teacher is to spend four years as an active participant in preschool to sixth-grade classrooms.

Your experiences in Des Moines metropolitan area schools will begin during your first year of study and continue until you graduate with the skills needed to be a licensed instructor.

As one of the largest programs of our kind in the Midwest, we have partnerships with school districts, offering our students the opportunity to student teach and engage in field experiences at small, large, urban, rural, public and private schools. 

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