Education major playing with elementary students on playground

Elementary Education Major

Classroom Experience Starts Your Freshman Year

Elementary Education majors at Taylor are shaped to become more than teachers. They begin as passionate leaders who hope to pass on their excitement for learning to the next generation and complete the Education program as experienced mentors, confident and encouraging educators, and creative lesson planners.

Our students gain in-classroom experiences from the beginning of their freshman years, assisting teachers at local elementary schools and teaching lessons. The more time they spend learning in local elementary school classrooms, the more confidently they can walk into their own classrooms as qualified teachers after graduation.

Every Elementary Education student spends a full semester during their senior years teaching domestically or abroad. The semester is split between two placements in different schools, teaching different grade levels. The Elementary Education major leads to a K-6 Elementary Generalist License approved by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Practicums and Student Teaching Timeline

Taylor University’s Elementary Education program prepares students in areas of instruction, subject matter, and classroom management, but the best training comes from being in Elementary classrooms. To set our students apart, we begin them in the classrooms their freshman years. That's just one of the many unique qualities that make Taylor one of the best colleges for Elementary Education majors.

Check out the teaching timeline below for more information.

  • Freshman Year: You are given a school assignment and begin working with local students and teachers and getting comfortable in the classroom. You will observe classes and assist teachers with everyday tasks.
  • Sophomore Year: Elementary Education majors continue assisting in classrooms and begin gaining more responsibilities, including teaching more lessons and lesson planning. Education students can spend three weeks during sophomore or junior J-Term in a teaching practicum in Indiana, the Philippines, or Belize.
  • Junior Year: During junior year, students take Junior Methods Practicum (JuMP), altering day-to-day between taking campus courses and student teaching in two locally assigned schools, gaining experience in both lower and upper elementary classrooms.
  • Senior Year: For one senior semester, all Education majors are placed as full-time student teachers, splitting their semester between two placements. Students can teach in Grant, Blackford, and/or Delaware County schools; the Indianapolis- and Fort Wayne-area schools; or abroad in international, Christian, or secular schools.
Enhancing Your Education Degree

All Elementary Education students must complete a concentration through at least one of the following means:

  • A concentration in mathematics, language arts, modern language, music, science, social studies, or visual arts
  • Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL) minor or certificate
  • Special Education licensure
  • Junior High/Middle School licensure in language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies
  • An approved minor in Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Applied Music, Music Composition, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Spanish

Elementary Education Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog here.

Contact the Education Department

Dr. Ben Hotmire, Chair of the Education Department

Shannon Shilts, Education Program Assistant