Elementary Education


Our elementary education program prepares you to teach effectively in the many content areas required for elementary education and also provides you with an essential understanding of child development and learner behavior. Our curriculum is carefully designed to set you up for success in the K-8 classroom setting.

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About the Program

Our mission is to prepare students for lifelong learning, developing future educators’ intellect, imagination, self-confidence, and motivation, while preparing them for the teaching profession. As an elementary education major, you will learn to investigate, reflect, analyze, and judge reality and truth through inquiry and discussion. You’ll develop values about teaching, society, health behaviors, moral issues, education, and political influences. We ask our students to think boldly and live Carroll College’s mission by participating in community service and by interacting with children and adults from diverse cultural, religious, economic, and intellectual backgrounds.

Teacher education advances this mission as it works within Carroll College’s Teacher Education Conceptual Framework. That framework is built upon a liberal arts education, structured by traditional educational philosophies, and embraced by an atmosphere of dignity, which values justice for all persons.

The goal of Carroll College’s Teacher Education Program is to assist students in developing teaching competencies in their chosen fields and to help them become educational leaders capable of responding to their students’ individual needs.

Courses and Student Learning Objectives

Our curriculum is designed to develop the whole student. Through courses and internships, students get many opportunities to experience the classroom and develop skills that will result in a job as a skilled professional.

All elementary education students must meet the following requirements:

  • Earn a grade of “C-” or better in all major and professional education requirements and other program requirements
  • Earn a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average 
  • Earn a minimum 2.65 grade point average in major program requirements and in professional program requirements
  • Earn a minimum 2.65 grade point average in other program requirements

Professional Educational Outcomes

Beyond being highly prepared for the elementary-age classroom in both private and public school settings, opportunities are available in the fields of writing, editing, and administration. Carroll will help you develop strong teaching skills that would aid in any profession for which education and training are required.

Program Highlights

Teacher education graduates will demonstrate competence in the Montana Office of Public Instruction Teaching Standards and the Framework for Teaching, a research-based set of components of instruction, aligned to the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your degree prepares you for a role impacting young students as a kindergarten or elementary school teacher. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects an employment change of 53,100 new elementary teacher roles in the next decade.

The Elementary Education bachelor’s degree can be completed in four years and we’ve even laid out a schedule to help you with which classes you need to take—and when: Elementary Education 4-Year Plan

We encourage you to contact the department with any other questions you have about the program!

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