Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Overview

Majoring in elementary education at Barton means learning to teach through a careful balance of theory and practice. Our teachers bring to the classroom expertise backed by years of experience—learning methods and techniques that have real-world application. Then, you’ll put your knowledge to work through extensive field experiences. This combination means you’re knowledgeable, comfortable, and confident when you step into your own classroom.

Special Features

One of the strengths of our program is the numerous practicum experiences we offer. By the time you graduate, you’ll have had extensive experience in the public school classroom beyond the standard student-teaching experience.

Along with our strong traditional program, we make the major available to non-traditional adult learners through Barton’s Accelerated Professional Programs.

Course Information

Required courses for all elementary school education majors include:

  • Practicum: Introduction to Teaching
  • Learners and Learning in the 21st Century
  • Introduction to Exceptional Children
  • Practicum: Human Growth & Development
  • Curriculum Development
  • Classroom Assessment
  • Practicum: Reading Laboratory
  • Physical Education and Health for the Classroom
  • Children’s Literature
  • Elementary Reading
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Mathematics Methods K-8
  • Science Methods K-8
  • Language Arts K – 6
  • Teaching Skills Lab
  • Classroom Management
  • Education Capstone
  • Student Teaching

Scholarships and Financial Aid

We offer our eligible majors nine scholarships, one of which is worth $20,000.

The Gamma Mu chapter of Kappa Delta Pi awards a scholarship to the graduate deemed the outstanding student teacher.

Internships

Beginning your sophomore year, you’ll complete a series of practicum placements in both a general education classroom and a classroom with children with special needs. During your junior year, you’ll be placed in an elementary reading classroom. With this as your foundation, you’ll begin student teaching in your senior year. There, you’ll first spend one full day a week in the classroom; and, by your final semester, you’ll be student-teaching there full time.

You’ll complete your student teaching in Wilson County or in one of the surrounding counties.

Career Opportunities

Though you’ll be qualified for employment as an elementary grade teacher, you may also decide to pursue a graduate degree. Our major prepares you for additional study in a number of fields – general education, reading education, science education, math education, and school administration.

Clubs and Organizations

Kappa Delta Pi is an honor society in education open to qualifying elementary education majors. In addition, as an education major, you can join the Student North Carolina Association of Educators.