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Overview

You have a passion for helping children. You love learning and excel in the acquisition of knowledge. You aspire to be a public or private school teacher. You are unable to leave your current job to complete practicums and internships to earn a traditional degree. You would like to enter an MAT program.

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

 

Major Description 

As an elementary educational studies major at NGU, you will spend much of your time developing graphic organizers, creating videos, teaching through music and dancing, reading children's literature, exploring creative teaching methods, making the classroom fun, and developing lesson plans.

You will learn about best practices for teaching, lesson planning, resource discovery and utilization, technology application, and art integration into the classroom, as well as how to apply this knowledge in your own professional career.

By the completion of the program, you will have created your own personal website, showcasing your abilities through samples of your work and creations for use in teaching.

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

 

Curriculum

The curriculum within the CAPS Educational Studies Department at NGU will allow you to establish a critical foundation in the methods and skills needed to be an effective teacher. You will develop a Christian worldview of teaching and will be challenged to make an eternal difference in the lives of children.

Flexibility within the program allows all students to design their degree to meet individual vocational goals for the future, as they have an opportunity to minor in business administration, criminal justice, Christian ministries, or psychology. Students also build a strong foundation to pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and future state certification.

Once you complete the program, you can expect to teach in Christian schools, many international schools, tutoring programs, or a variety of other educational fields.

FACULTY STRENGTHS

The faculty members in the CAPS Educational Studies Department have strong academic backgrounds and real-life experience teaching elementary-level classes in public schools. All faculty members are also deeply committed Christians who endeavor to help students become effective Christian teachers and leaders. We believe our students are building the future by making an eternal difference in the lives of children.

ELECTIVES

  • Elementary Education Practicum I
  • Elementary Education Practicum II
  • Guiding Behavior of Young Children
  • Portfolio Development
  • Reading Methods
  • Technology Integration in Curriculum
     

Future

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Child development director/teacher
  • Children's librarian
  • Children's literature sales
  • Children's minister
  • Christian school teacher (may require certification)
  • Curriculum developer
  • Special needs teacher/tutor
  • Teacher for DSS or mental health programs
  • Teacher for zoo, museum or park program
  • Teacher in home school support program

Learning Experience



HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

Credit for Previous Work Experience

All students have an opportunity to apply for educational credit for personal work-related experiences with children. Through previous employment, you have an opportunity to explore and apply for as many as nine credit hours of experience.

Practical Coursework

During multiple courses, you will be required to complete observations, teach in tutoring environments, and administer various assessments with children outside of the school setting.

Field Placements

Students whose schedule allows can visit in local public schools and earn credit hours through experiences in the classroom by working with small groups or individual students, observing, and teaching short lessons in the classrooms with teacher supervision.
 

Courses

The courses listed below are required for this major. Courses do not need to be completed in the exact order shown. Once admitted, Academic Advising will assist in personalizing your degree plan. View the online Schedule for upcoming course offerings. 

General Education Courses
e-Learning (3 hours)
Academic Success (3 hours)
Biblical Foundations (3 hours)
Jesus in Matthew's Gospel (3 hours)
Oral Communication (3 hours)
Composition and Rhetoric (3 hours)
Composition and Literature (3 hours)
History course (3 hours)
Contemporary Mathematics or higher math course (3 hours)
Natural science course (3 hours)
Psychology or sociology course (3 hours)

Core Courses
Introduction to Education (3 hours)
Physical Education and Health Methods (3 hours)
Historical Perspectives of Education (3 hours)
Child Development (3 hours)
Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3 hours)
Methods and Materials for Young Children (3 hours)
Literature for Children (3 hours)
Educational Psychology (3 hours)
Exceptional Learner  (3 hours)
Education Capstone (3 hours)
Teaching Mathematics I (3 hours)
Teaching Mathematics II (3 hours)
Teaching Language Arts (3 hours)
Teaching Content with Literature and Arts (3 hours)
Teaching Social Studies (3 hours)
Language Arts Assessment and Planning (3 hours)
Classroom Management and Assessment (3 hours)
Professional Development and Collaboration (3 hours)
Curriculum Utilizing Technology (3 hours)
Teaching Science (3 hours)
Elementary education elective courses (9 hours)

Elective or Minor Courses
Elective or minor* courses (18 hours)

*Please refer to the bulletin for detailed information on all available minors.
 

(Note: You can review the entire sample course list for this major on the Year 1 tab. Please contact your admissions counselor to help you decide which courses best suit your needs.)
(Note: You can review the entire sample course list for this major on the Year 1 tab. Please contact your admissions counselor to help you decide which courses best suit your needs.)
(Note: You can review the entire sample course list for this major on the Year 1 tab. Please contact your admissions counselor to help you decide which courses best suit your needs.)

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  • Construct learning opportunities that support individual learner's development, acquisition of knowledge, and motivation.
  • Create environments and learning materials to help learners develop the skills needed to become critical and creative thinkers, productive citizens, and excellent communicators.
  • Create and implement lesson planning and teaching that empowers learner acquisition of knowledge, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving.
  • Plan, evaluate, and strengthen instruction that will promote continuous intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of learners at the elementary level.
  • Evaluate your own teaching, professional ethics, and professional learning to determine your effectiveness and continual professional growth.
  • Articulate and defend how you may become a difference-maker in your chosen vocation and realm of service or ministry.
  • Apply content and skills to career goals and develop your professional identity.

 

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