Elementary Education

A professional educator is many things: advocate, collaborator, planner and role model for learner. You’ll fill many roles as an educator, all of them at the very heart of a child’s learning and development, all of them vital to our society.

“My professor showed me the true meaning of being a life-long learner.”
— Isabel Pauc '17

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About the Elementary Education Major

Carroll University has a rich tradition of teaching excellence, and the exceptional quality of our teacher education program is recognized by teachers and administrators in area schools. Teacher candidates who desire certification in elementary education develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to create learner-centered, inclusive environments. Small class sizes, relevant content and individualized advising, plus a variety of classroom observational and student teaching experiences, enhance the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare teachers in their chosen licensure area.

In Carroll’s elementary education program, you’ll study the role of education and schooling in society, learn about developmental psychology and gain the tools needed to be an effective and culturally relevant teacher, capable of teaching multiple subjects such as literacy, mathematics, science and social studies.

Our program recognizes that educators occupy a central and critical role in our many diverse, vibrant communities. At Carroll, you’ll benefit from a truly deep and experiential approach to this ever-changing field. We have the resources and partnerships to get your career off to a running start and the commitment to keep it moving forward.

Students in elementary education complete the requirements for licensure in elementary and middle school, grades K-9.

English as a Second Language Dual Licensure

Get the skills to fill a growing need in our schools by adding an English as a Second Language license to your elementary education degree from Carroll.

Special Education Dual Licensure

Get the skills to fill a critical need in our schools by adding a Cross-Categorical Special Education license to your elementary education degree from Carroll.

Education Program FAQ

Get answers to frequently asked questions about undergraduate degrees in education.

For more information, see School of Education and Human Services.

Inclusive Teacher Residency Program

Carroll’s Inclusive Teacher Residency Program (ITRP) offers expanded opportunities to prepare and refine your skills in schools and classrooms. A resident is a pre-service undergraduate education candidate in the last two semesters of his or her teacher preparation program. As a resident, you’ll engage in a variety of teaching and learning experiences for a full K-12 academic year. In the first semester of the residency, you’ll work in the school setting approximately 20-25 hours per week while also completing university coursework. You’ll have opportunities to participate in team planning, school and district staff development and, in some cases, as a paid staff member in the district. The residency culminates with an 18-week student teaching placement. Candidates who participate in the residency program solidify their philosophical beliefs around inclusive practices, and are well prepared to transition into their role as an educator.

Careers

College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the rewarding careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

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Meet the Faculty

RoseAnn Donovan

RoseAnn Donovan

Assistant Professor of Education
Kimberly Hofkamp

Kimberly Hofkamp

Assistant Professor, Certifying Officer and Director of Clinical Experience
Andrew Hurie

Andrew Hurie

Lecturer of Bilingual/Bicultural Education
Dr. Kathrine Kramer

Dr. Kathrine Kramer

Interim Dean of the School of Education and Human Services/Assistant Professor of Education/Director of Graduate Education Studies
Dr. Kerry Kretchmar

Dr. Kerry Kretchmar

Associate Professor of Education
Dr. Colleen Pennell

Dr. Colleen Pennell

Assistant Professor of Literacy / Elementary Reading
Dr. Rachel Stickles

Dr. Rachel Stickles

Senior Lecturer in Education
Dr. Amy Toson

Dr. Amy Toson

Assistant Professor of Special Education
Dr. Kimberly White

Dr. Kimberly White

Associate Professor of Education and Chair of the Department of Education
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