In addition to receiving a comprehensive liberal arts background, students in the Elementary Education program are prepared for teaching and instructional leadership in elementary schools. With extensive site-based instruction, students learn alongside their professors, through guided practice and reflection that increases in scope over time, culminating in a full year of student teaching. Students will be in the classroom, working with children and program faculty, for seven of their eight semesters. The elementary program and its faculty emphasize learning through doing, collaborative inquiry, a nurturing environment, and the development of a professional identity. By completing the program and all required standardized tests, students will meet state licensing requirements for grades K–6. Minors and/or licensing are also available in Reading Teacher—Elementary, Special Education—Mild Interventions, Diverse Learners, English as a New Language, Early Childhood, Recreation and Sports Studies, and Sport Coaching. Specific curriculum requirements are available at www.butler.edu/coe. This program addresses these University Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will articulate and apply required content knowledge within their area(s) of study (cognitive).
- Students will communicate clearly and effectively (psychomotor).
- Students will share their talents with Butler and the greater community at large (affective).