The Elementary Education Major (K-6)
The Elementary Education (K-6) major at Lyon is designed to prepare students to be effective, committed, caring teachers at the elementary (K-6) level. Through a course of study grounded firmly in the liberal arts, the major fosters intellectual skills, humane instincts, content and pedagogical competence, and an understanding of the developmental processes of children. Students majoring in elementary education must submit to a criminal records check prior to practicum placement in their junior year, and the Liberal Arts Teacher Education Committee must formally admit them prior to enrolling in the senior internship. Candidates must earn passing scores on the state-approved content assessment and on the approved pedagogical assessment prior to recommendation for licensure.
The student teaching internship is generally completed across two semesters, with half-days spent in the placement classroom both semesters. Candidates may request an alternative full-day one-semester internship (EDU 496) provided that they have completed all other course requirements and have obtained approval from the major advisor and the Director of Teacher Education.