Elementary Education Major

Elementary Education Degree at Carroll College

The Program

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. 

Pursuit of a bachelor’s in elementary education requires acceptance into Carroll’s teacher education program. Review the requirements for a degree in elementary education.

Why Carroll?

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

The 2019-2020 direct billable charges at Carroll College are $46,316. These charges include tuition and fees, and room and board (housing/meals). This number may seem highto start, but after factoring in awards or scholarships you can quickly begin to knock this number down. When you apply for admission, you will find out your Merit Aid Level. Then you can fillout the FAFSA so we can determine what other forms of aid might be available—and you can apply for scholarships.

There are plenty of options for financial aid available to you, whether through scholarships and grants or federal and private loans. Take a look at which may be right for you on our Financial Aid page.The earlier you begin your financial aid application and submit everything needed, the better. Here are a few important deadlines for you to keepin mind:

  • October 1: Begin submitting 2019-2020 FAFSA
  • December 1: Priority deadline for need-based Carroll financial aid (FAFSA must be submitted for priority consideration)
  • January: 2019-2020 Financial Aid Offers available (new, accepted students with FAFSA results on file with the Financial Aid Office)
  • June 1: Begin acceptance and processing of applications for 2019-2020 private education loans (Parent PLUS or other private loan.)

    This may seem like an intimidating part of the process, but that’s why we’re here to help. Our supportive financial aid advisors will help you navigate the process from start to finish. You can contact us with any questions you may have along the way at (406) 447-5425 or (800) 992-3648, Ext. 5425, as well as fao@carroll.edu.

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

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