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Elementary Education

Early childhood education prepares teachers who, having gained their own liberal education, help preschool, kindergarten, and primary grade children learn by improving the teaching children receive in the home, school, church, and community. Elementary Education emphasizes ways to help elementary students enhance their thinking abilities, build their confidence in exploring new ideas, and become self-motivated, independent learners.

In these programs prospective teachers learn about the cultures of children, develop a solid foundation in basic principles of teaching and learning that originate in developmental theory and research, and become proficient in appropriately implementing those basic principles in practical settings.