Elementary Education

Elementary Education
Type of Degree: 
Bachelor of Arts
Average Time of Commitment/Completion: 
4 years

The Elementary Education major prepares candidates to be state certified to teach grades 1-8. Numerous job opportunities in both public and private schools are available. One hundred percent of those who complete our program in Elementary Education pass the state certification tests and find employment immediately following graduation or are accepted into graduate school.

Elementary teachers accumulate many skills and knowledge (such as curriculum and instruction, and administration) that allow them to move into other career areas. With some additional coursework, teachers can add the following areas of specialization: English as a Second Language, Exceptional Children and Gifted Education. With a Master’s degree, teachers can serve as counselors or in administration or media.

St. Gregory’s University students in all teacher preparation programs must apply for admission to the Department of Education, complete an application and interview with education faculty. Admission criteria include: an updated Summary of Field Experiences, a written personal Philosophy of Education, successful completion of the St. Gregory’s University course “Foundations of Teaching” ED 3012 (or equivalent) , a cumulative GPA of 2.5, Oklahoma General Education Test passing score, “C” or better in required education and/or major (content) courses, five recommendations and completion of Education Major Portfolio to Checkpoint 1.

Examples Of Careers/Jobs That Are Suited To This Major: 

Elementary Teacher- Public, Private, or Parochial School
Lead Teacher or Manager- Day Care Center, Headstart Center
Director- Camp
Public Relations- Non-profits, corporate PR departments
Corporate Training- Human Relations
Advisor- Community or Small College Admissions

Examples Of This Major’s Core Classes: 

PY 4132 - Psychology of Students with Exceptionalities (2 cr.)
TH 3201 - Catholic Perspectives on Education (1 cr.)
PY 4003- Child and Adolescent Development (3cr)
ED 3002 - Educational Technology (2 cr.)
ED 3012 - Foundations of Teaching (2 cr.)
ED 3022 - Middle Level Education (2 cr.)
ED 3113 - Early Childhood Reading Assessment and Instruction (3 cr.)
ED 3242 - Children’s Literature (2 cr.)
ED 3233 - Elementary/Intermediate Reading Assessment and Instruction (3 cr.)
ED 3112 - Methods of Integrating Fine Arts in Elementary Education (2 cr.)
ED 3312 - Methods of Elementary Physical Education and Health (2 cr.)
ED 3312 - Methods of Elementary Language Arts (2 cr.)
ED 3323 - Methods of Elementary Science (3 cr.)
ED 3332 - Methods of Elementary Social Studies (2cr.)
ED 3343 - Methods of Elementary Mathematics (3 cr.)
ED 4512 - Group Process and Classroom Management for Elementary Teachers (2 cr.)
PY 4223- Tests and Measurement (3cr)
ED 4322 - Student Teaching Seminar (2 cr.)
ED 4910 - Student Teaching (10 cr.)

For a complete coursework overview, download the Program of Study here.

Special Activities/Opportunities You’ll Experience At St. Gregory’s: 

Each candidate will complete 100 hours of field experience in local school districts prior to student teaching.

Additionally, our students are members of the Teacher Education Association (TEA), a pre-professional organization of students currently preparing for careers in education. Members of the TEA may choose to join either the Student Oklahoma Education Association (SOEA) or the Student Professional Oklahoma Educators (SPOE). Both organizations offer benefits to teacher education candidates and provide numerous professional development opportunities. Each semester, the TEA has a Meet and Greet to welcome new education majors. Other activities of the TEA include the SGU Christmas Festival and tutoring in local schools.

Our Commitment To You: 

We are proud of the fact that 100 percent of our program completers in Elementary Education pass the state certification tests and find employment immediately following graduation or are accepted into graduate school. We have Elementary Education alumni from SGU in school districts throughout Oklahoma.