Elementary Education

Bachelor of Science - BS

  • Field experience begins in first year
  • First-rate facilities
  • Supportive and actively engaged faculty

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At Marywood, you'll begin field experience in local schools during your first year of study, have the opportunity to learn in first-rate facilities, find supportive faculty who are dedicated to your development as a teacher -- and benefit from a program whose graduates are actively recruited.

More About This Degree

The education program benefits from Marywood’s commitment to provide all students with state-of-the-art technology. The department maintains a curriculum laboratory of texts, manipulative materials, and software designed for K-12 programs. In addition, students are able to access an Assistive Technology Lab with the latest adaptive technology for preparation to implement Universal Design for Learning. If your goal is to work with infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children, you will have access to Marywood’s own childcare and preschool programs.

In today's schools, effective teachers need a complex set of skills. Your professors in Marywood's Department of Education will help you develop your abilities to teach effectively by using a variety of instructional techniques to foster creativity, to actively engage your students in problem-solving and other learning activities, and to create an intellectually exciting learning environment. The knowledge you gain in Marywood's program and put to use when you become a teacher will have a direct impact on the future. You will learn how to encourage your students to be lifelong learners, cooperate and collaborate with each other, develop responsibility, demonstrate respect for individual and cultural differences, apply the principles of wellness to their daily lives, and understand their civic responsibility for an interdependent and just world. You'll graduate prepared to live responsibly in an interdependent world and prepared to help your students do so as well!


The Student Activities Office is my home away from home!

Year: Junior

Major: Special Education and Early Childhood Education

Hometown: Hawthorne, New Jersey

Activities on campus: Admissions Ambassador, Education Club, Tutor, SAC Squad, Student Activities Intern, Service Chair for Zeta Phi Delta, & Team Leader for Campus Ministry Alternative Breaks

Favorite Marywood moment: My favorite Marywood moment is a tie between winning Homecoming Court last year, joining Zeta Phi Delta, and presenting at the National Association for Campus Activities Conference.

Favorite place on campus: My favorite place on campus is Nazareth Hall. Our dining hall is there as well as the Fireplace Lounge and Latour Room, where I get to put on amazing Student Activities events. The SAC office is in Nazareth Hall as well, and that's become my home away from home.

Favorite thing about being an Ambassador: My favorite thing about being an ambassador is getting to share all of my favorite things about Marywood with prospective families and students.

Fun fact: I swam with sea turtles.

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Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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Elementary Education (Grades 4-8)

The curriculum requirements discussed in this section are subject to change, based on the guidelines and program approval process established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The prospective teacher requires a broad and strong liberal arts foundation.  Advisement is done primarily by education faculty, with support of faculty in the minor area.

The curriculum requirements are:

EDUC 00_ Field Experience
EDUC 005C Practicum III (Middle Level) 1
EDUC 100/101
Introduction to Education
PSYC 252
Adolescent Psychology (prerequisite to EDUC 311) 3
EDUC 110 Middle School Philosophy and Foundations 3
EDUC 311* Educational Psychology
EDUC 310F* Elementary Curriculum & Instruction: Math & Science 3
EDUC 310M* Elementary Curriculum & Instruction: Language Arts & Social Studies
EDUC 461* Methods, Materials, & Assessment of ELL 3
SPED 100
Characteristics of Students with Disabilities 3
SPED 300**
Curriculum Adaptations
SPED 367* Behavior Management 3
EDUC 442* Student Teaching 9

*Course requires successful completion of sophomore screening
**Course taken with student teaching

Specific courses supportive of Elementary Education (4-8) must be chosen within two concentration areas. Candidates may choose concentrations in Math & Science, Math & English, Math & Social Studies, English & Science or Science & Social Studies. They are listed under program requirements in the Undergraduate Teacher Education Handbook.

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (Grades 4-8), students must complete all required liberal arts and major courses, with a minimum QPA of 3.00 overall and in the two areas of concentration. Additionally, they must undertake student teaching experiences. Student teaching is evaluated as satisfactory/unsatisfactory. If a satisfactory grade is not earned in both experiences, the student must complete the equivalent number of approved major credits as a substitution, in order to graduate. Under such circumstances, recommendation for certification will be withheld.