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Elementary Education

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?

  • Our education department nurtures individual students throughout the program. Faculty get to know the students and hold them accountable to continued growth on their path to becoming a professional educator.
  • We are uniquely positioned in the Des Moines metro which allows our education students to experience urban, suburban, and rural classrooms in practicum and student teaching.
  • We are intentional in developing teachers who become leaders within their schools and profession.
  • Grand View is committed to developing teachers who are empowered to meet the diverse needs of today’s students. 


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

Course Requirements

Rasmussen Center

Dedicated in 2008, the 42,851 square-foot $8.5 million building houses the departments of art, education, history, criminal justice, political studies, psychology and sociology, as well as general-purpose classrooms, art studios, computer labs, the ALT Center, faculty offices, and various student amenities.

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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.

Dr. Roslyn Billy • Her educational background consists of a B.A. in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Philosophy and Religion, MA.Ed  in TESOL, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. She has an active research agenda, and several publications in both National and International journals. Her research interests are urban education, ELL, and diversity in the classroom.

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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