Bachelor in Elementary Education

Prepare for a career as a classroom teacher

Frostburg State University’s elementary education bachelor’s program prepares students for certification to teach grades 1-6 in Maryland in a specific content area. The core of the program is its strong experiential component, which begins with shadow days and classroom observation, and culminates in a two-semester internship experience of more than 100 days teaching students in a Professional Development school setting. The combination of rigorous coursework and extended classroom experience has resulted in our graduates being sought-after to fill teaching positions in school districts throughout the region.

In 2013 FSU was approved as the first college or university in Maryland to offer an elementary/middle dual certification program for those wanting to concentrate on middle school education in grades 4-9.  Students who choose this option will be eligible for certification in grades 1-9. The Frostburg program is the only program in Maryland to offer dual certification in this area.

  • Use our individualized concentration option to build your own degree program around specific teaching interests, such as foreign language, or technology.
  • Be part of an elementary education program with a high rate of graduate placement in regional Maryland schools.

Bachelor in Elementary Education Highlights:

  • Complete extensive field experiences that prepare you well for a teaching career.

  • Join a learning community to develop a deeper understanding of the teaching profession and gain skills that help you become a strong advocate for education and a leader in the field.

  • Use FSU educational resources such as the Children’s Literature Center, which integrates our students into the Frostburg community to promote reading and to build skills for working with children of different ages.

  • Create and present a portfolio of your work and complete the PRAXIS II content knowledge and pedagogy tests required by the state of Maryland.

  • Join the Frostburg Student Education Association and network with other teachers and prospective teachers in the field.

About Our Elementary Education Faculty:

  • Learn from faculty members with extensive personal experience teaching in the elementary and/or middle school classroom.

  • Be a part of small classes that allow you to get to know your instructors well and build strong mentoring relationships.

  • Study with professors who share their expertise at local, regional and national conferences and who are respected authors in the educational field.

Sample Elementary Education Courses You May Take:

Foundations of Learning and Instruction – Explore the learning and teaching process in the American educational system. Study human growth and development of students from birth to 21, learning theories and styles, instructional strategies and adaptations.

Special and Multicultural Education – Gain insights into characteristics of exceptional children. Understand how exceptionalities, American culture, race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic class, religion, age, language and intellectual ability influence learning. Delve into the historical and legal influences on American schools and community agencies.

Educational Technology Lab III – Acquire experience and practice in using technology to support any curriculum. Experiences are assimilated into professional practice and meet the Maryland Teacher Technology Standards.

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s elementary education program requirements (PDF).

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s elementary/middle school dual certification Program requirements (PDF).

Career Outlook for Elementary Teachers:

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates 12 percent growth in kindergarten and elementary teaching positions through 2022. This is about the average growth anticipated across all occupations. For more information about pay, work environment and other factors affecting this career field, visit www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/kindergarten-and-elementary-school-teachers.htm (U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook - Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers).

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