Elementary Education/Middle Childhood (major)

What you will study

While the coursework you study in English goes far beyond what you will be teaching in the elementary and middle school grades, it is coursework that provides the personal grounding that supports your work in teaching reading, writing, speaking, listening, thinking, literature, and so on.

You learn to analyze literary works from various cultures and genres. You study the basic assumptions and approaches of literary criticism, and integrate your own insights and judgments through effective writing and oral communication with your peers.

You study the structure and history of language and linguistic development. Finally, you design learning and assessment experiences appropriate to the elementary/middle school environments.

Your coursework includes courses in English, professional communication, and education.

Elementary Education/Early Child Beginning
ED-116Human Relations Workshop3
ED-201Exploration in Tchg, Lrng & Assessing6
PED-150Human Development4
or PSY-110 Life Span Development
Praxis I/Core
Elementary Education/Early Child Intermediate
ED-215Engagement in Teaching, Learning & Asses6
ED-220Interview Assessment0
ED-225Literacy in Early Childhood3
ED-325Literacy in Middle Childhood I-ELC3
ED-321Middle School Teaching & Field4
ED-396Introduction to Exceptional Learner3
ED-399Formal Introduction to Advanced Work0
HS-308US History 1607-19004
or HS-309 US in 20th Century
MT-243Fundamental Concepts/Mathematics 13
MT-244Fundamental Concepts/Mathematics 23
ED-344Teaching Math/Elementary Classroom2
Elementary Education/Early Child Advanced
ED-315Field Experience 42
ED-412Critical Issues in School & Society4
PST-329Praxis II Prep Seminar0
Praxis II
Foundations of Reading Test
ED-420Portfolio/Interview Assessment0
ED-475Student Teaching Seminar0
Student Teaching
ED-445MCDirected Observation/Middle Childhood6
ED-455EADirected Observ/Teaching Middle Sch6

For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.