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Elementary Education

The elementary education major at Lyon is designed to prepare students to be effective, committed, caring teachers at the elementary level (K-6).

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 a criminal record 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. Students interested in this program can look over the Teacher Education Handbook for more information.

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Student Spotlight: Sarah Winters, '18

Winters believes that Lyon’s liberal arts curriculum is helpful for elementary school teachers, who teach every subject to their pupils.

“They’re going to ask you questions about science, about math, about social studies, and that’s all your responsibility,” says Winters, “so when I have a wealth of knowledge that I’ve gotten from Lyon that applies in the multiple areas that I’m teaching them, it really helps me feel more comfortable and prepared in the classroom, which in turn makes the students more comfortable as well.”

Read more about her experience and the program here!