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Overview

You have a heart for children. You enjoy seeing a child's eyes light up with understanding when you explain a new concept. You have a passion for teaching! You love it when children in summer camp or vacation Bible school hug you and show excitement to see you. You long to make a difference in the lives of children.

If this describes you, then the elementary education degree at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU's Elementary Education Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career as a teacher.

 

Major Description 

 

As an elementary education major at NGU, you will spend much of your time writing lesson plans, teaching lessons in real classroom settings, bonding with fellow elementary education students, writing more lesson plans, and teaching in public schools in the Greenville area.

You will learn about South Carolina's Read to Succeed competencies, child development, classroom management, research-based teaching methods for individual subjects, arts and literature integration into the content areas, and children's literature, as well as how to apply this knowledge in your own teaching.

At the end of your senior year, you will have completed numerous field experiences and a full semester of student teaching, all in area public elementary schools. During the final semester, you will create an ADEPT notebook and a Teacher Work Samples notebook, which will both showcase your learning of the South Carolina Department of Education Teaching Standards and also highlight your unique student teaching experiences.

Ultimately, the elementary education degree will provide a strong education based on a biblical worldview that will prepare you for a variety of teaching pursuits.

 

Curriculum

 

The Elementary Education Department purposes to enable teacher candidates to integrate academic disciplines, Christian lifestyle, and enriched cultural experiences through coursework that helps to develop teachers who possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that foster learning for students.

As you continue through the program, you will learn research-based and hands-on methods of teaching language arts, including children's literature, as well as mathematics, social studies, and science in an integrated approach.

Additionally, you will learn to integrate the arts into the content areas and to differentiate curriculum for exceptional learners.  

Faculty Strengths

 

Each Elementary Education Department faculty member holds at least a master's degree in education. These faculty members also have many years of public school teaching experience. Each faculty member desires to help students draw closer to Christ, and every class begins with a devotion. Faculty members often pray with students and form caring relationships with them, as well.

Tracks / Concentrations

 

There are no tracks or concentration for this major available at this time.

Electives

 

There are no electives for this major available at this time.

Success

Future

Career Opportunities

 

  • Children's ministry work
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Missions, with focus on children

 

Postgraduate Studies

 

  • North Greenville University
  • Anderson University
  • Clemson University
  • Furman University
  • Lesley University
  • Liberty University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Southern Utah University
  • Southern Wesleyan University
  • University South Carolina, Aiken
  • Walden University
  • Winthrop University

Employers

 

  • Area private Christian schools
  • Chester County Schools
  • Good Shepherd Academy, Honduras
  • Greenville County Schools
  • Pickens County Schools
  • Sojourn Academy, Costa Rica 
  • Spartanburg Schools (All districts)
  • Wake County Schools (North Carolina)


 

Learning Experience



Hands-On Experience

 

Field Placements

Starting with the freshman course Introduction to Education, you will be placed in an actual elementary classroom for observation and hands-on experience with elementary students. Then in your junior year, after being admitted to the teacher education program, you will write lesson plans and teach elementary students in the field placement in all subject areas.

Student Teaching

The culminating experience in your elementary education major is one full semester of student teaching in a local elementary school. You will work with a supervising teacher to have lots of hands-on practice to prepare you for your own classroom when you graduate!

Post-Student Teaching Exhibits

All of the student teachers for elementary, early childhood, and secondary education create informative displays about their student teaching experiences. All other education majors and faculty are invited to this exciting group exhibition to see and converse with you about your student teaching experience.
 

Courses

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

First Semester
CHST 1310 or 1320 Old or New Testament (3 hours)
EDUC 1210 Introduction to Education (2 hours)
ENGL 1310 Composition and Rhetoric (3 hours)
MATH 1310 College Algebra (3 hours)
Foreign Language II (Same Language) (3 hours)
COLL 1100 or HNRS 1210 (2 hours)

Second Semester
BIOL 1440 Integrated Biological Science (4 hours)
EDUC 2230 Foundations of Education (2 hours)
ENGL 1320 Composition and Literature (3 hours)
MATH 1315 Contemporary Mathematics (3 hours)
Foreign Language III (Same Language) (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

First Semester
CHST 2335 World Religions (3 hours)
COMM  2300 Oral Communication (3 hours)  
EDUC 1215 Integration of Technology (2 hours)
HIST 2310 U.S. History to 1865 (3 hours)
MUSC 1150 Introduction to the History of Music (1.5 hours)
ARTS 1150 Intro to the History of Art  (1.5 hours)
Foreign Language IV (Same Language) (3 hours)

Second Semester
EDUC 2120 PE and Health Methods (1 hour)
EDUC 2220 PE for the Teacher (2 hours)
ENGL 2300 Introduction to Multicultural Literature (3 hours)
HIST 2320 U.S. History after 1865 (3 hours)
PHSC 1440 Integrated Physical Science (4 hours)
PSYC 2310 General Psychology (3 hours)

 *In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

First Semester
EDUC 3300 Literature for Children* (3 hours)
ELED 4311 Classroom Management and  Assessment* (3 hours)
EDUC 3350 The Exceptional Learner (3 hours)
EDUC 3410 Educational Psychology  (4 hours)
ELED 3420 Teaching Language Arts* (4 hours)

Second Semester
ELED 3310 Math Methods I* (3 hours)
ELED 3430 Content through Literature/Arts* (4 hours)
ELED 3440 Social Studies for the Elementary School Teacher* (4 hours)
ELED 4330 Teaching of Science* (3 hours)
Open elective (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

First Semester
ELED 4210 Language Arts Assessment* (2 hours)
ELED 4310 Planning Apprentice* (3 hours)
ELED 3315 Math Methods II* (3 hours) 
ELED 4312 Professional Development: Service Learning and Parent Involvement* (3 hours)
ELED 4313 Curriculum Development Utilizing Technology (3 hours)
ELED 4100 Seminar with Cooperating Teaching Faculty* (1 hour)

Second Semester
ELED 4600 Directed Student Teaching* (12 hours)

*Requires admittance to teacher education program

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

Program Objective

  • Facilitate student learning as an effective practitioner.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to be a caring leader.
  • Develop personal knowledge, skills, and dispositions as a lifelong learner.
  • Display a deep understanding of subjects, methods of teaching, and elementary students.

 

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