Students may choose from four areas of undergraduate study:
Elementary Education prepares students to become teachers in kindergarten through ninth grade classrooms.
An intensive semester of professional experience in an area school, prior to a student teaching experience, brings the theory and practice of education together. During student teaching, teacher candidates participate in a professional seminar that helps them prepare for job interviews, certification procedures and more.
Elementary Education majors may elect to add middle school endorsements by taking two additional education courses.
Secondary Education students major in one of five major teaching areas of the contemporary high school: Science/Biology, Social Science/History, English/Language Arts, Mathematics and Music.
Secondary education teacher candidates take classes in middle school psychology and curriculum to earn middleschool endorsements.
Music Education majors complete music content course requirements, education courses and field experiences to be certified to teach music in grades kindergarten though 12.
Special Education continues to experience one of the highest rates of teacher shortages.
Students in this major receive preparation to earn Learning Behavior Specialist I Certification. Specialized coursework and four separate field experiences lead to certification in prekindergarten through 12th grades.