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).
You are assigned to a local school and begin working with students and teachers, observing classes and assisting teachers with everyday tasks.
Continue assisting in classrooms and 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.
You’ll take Junior Methods Practicum (JuMP), alternating between taking campus courses and student teaching in two locally assigned schools, gaining experience in lower and upper elementary classroom.
All Education majors are placed as full-time student teachers for one semester, split between two placements in Grant, Blackford, and/or Delaware County schools; Indianapolis- and Fort Wayne-area schools; or abroad in international, Christian, or secular schools.
Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog here.
The Foundational Core is the key to Taylor’s total education. These classes will give you a big-picture view of how your calling connects with God's purpose for your life, engaging with ideas that will demonstrate how God has given you certain talents and skills to bring healing to the world. Each student who completes the Foundational Core emerges as a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God's creation.
All Elementary Education students must complete a concentration through at least one of the following means: