B.S. Ed. in Elementary Education and Teaching

A VCU School of Education student teaches a reading exercise to a student at Barack Obama Elementary School.

 
The B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education and Teaching prepares undergraduate students for roles as teachers of young children in schools, grades kindergarten to six, and community preschool settings. The program focuses on providing students with a solid foundation in child development, educational psychology and the role of the family and society in education. The program prepares graduates to be reflective educators who demonstrate an in-depth understanding of science, social studies and mathematics pedagogy and content, as well as a commitment to balanced literacy approaches. Students will develop skills to advocate for equitable learning opportunities for all children.

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to teach in diverse classroom settings through purposefully integrated fieldwork and internship experiences.

Program Highlights

  • Mentoring opportunities through alumni connections and experienced faculty
  • Eligible for license to teach PK-6th grade in Virginia upon successful completion of program
  • Fulfill mission to mold critically reflective practitioners through:
    • Subject matter knowledge
    • Pedagogical knowledge
    • Data-driven knowledge
    • Knowledge about how people learn
    • Knowledge of differing cultures
    • Knowledge of social context of schooling

Practical Experience

  • Experiential Learning in each semester throughout all four years of study
  • Three practicum experiences:
    • Language Arts
    • Social Studies/Science/Math
    • Literacy Assessment and Remediation
  • Full semester of clinical internship (culminating experience) in two locations:
    • One placement in PK-2nd
    • One placement in 3rd-5th

The program provides students with a solid foundation in child development, educational psychology and the role of the family and society in education. The program prepares graduates to be reflective educators who demonstrate an in-depth understanding of science, social studies, mathematics and literacy pedagogy and content. Students will develop skills to advocate for equitable learning opportunities for all children.

Upon completion, students will be prepared to teach in diverse classroom settings through integrated fieldwork and internship experiences.

VCU BULLETIN INFO

PROGRAM BASICS

How to apply: Choose your application type (transfer, freshman, or international)
Semester of entry: Fall, spring
Application deadlines for transfers: Fall, Mar. 15 (preferred); spring, Nov. 1. Rolling admissions all year for all terms.
Application deadlines for freshmen: Fall, Nov. 15 (scholarship consideration), Jan. 15 (regular decision); spring, Nov. 1.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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FINANCIAL AID

The School of Education (SOE) degree programs that lead to professional licensure are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for professional licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia as outlined by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). The SOE has determined that the curriculum includes applicable educational prerequisites for the following professional licensure(s) and/or certification(s) as outlined on this page of our website.

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