Elementary Education Major
Why Study Elementary Education at Virginia Tech?
The major strives to identify and recruit elementary teacher candidates, especially from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Students complete a variety of field experiences and other simulations that allow them to develop and practice their teaching skills with a focus on research-based practices that advance student learning and equity. Our teacher candidates enjoy multiple placements in local school districts with diverse student populations. We encourage engagement in ongoing inquiry into teaching and learning, and provide you with opportunities to practice in the examination of classroom management and design.
Excellent Track Record
Critical Shortage Areas in Virginia
Teach Across the Country
Beyond the Classroom
Our program offers in-classroom opportunities that prepare preservice teachers for employment immediately after graduation. Students complete student teaching in local classrooms, additional optional field study, and volunteer in the community. Preservice teachers participate in field trips to prepare for engaging with community resources for additional instructional opportunities.
Our faculty work with you to advise you on pedagogy, research, and the breadth of opportunities that education opens for you. You can design your own research project, working closely with a faculty advisor to plan a course of action, or you can participate in a collaborative project where you help a faculty member with their research.
What You'll Study
Bachelor of Science in Education Degree
- Including Virginia Tech's Pathways
Elementary Education Major Requirements
- Field work and practicum courses
- Educational Psychology for PK-12 Teachers
- Educating Exceptional Learners
- Elementary Teaching Methods
Minor and Elective Hours
Our program gives you the opportunity to build knowledge in another area by pursuing a minor, double major, or cognate.
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