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 prior to completing the program and on the state-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.
Students pursuing a secondary or K-12 teaching license must complete the education requirements above and the concurrent requirements for the teaching emphasis as listed below.
Candidates will be individually advised concerning their need for additional coursework in order to meet licensing requirements or to prepare for the Praxis II content knowledge exam(s). These courses may or may not be included in the required major.
Degree Info at a Glance
Program: The Teacher Education Program