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Shenandoah University’s Undergraduate Elementary PK-6 is for students who desire to teach at the elementary school level.
Shenandoah University’s comprehensive program prepares you to be an effective elementary school teacher. You’ll complete coursework necessary to earn Virginia licensure (coursework can be adapted for teachers who are provisionally licensed), and spend 300-500 hours gaining hands-on classroom experience.
Teacher education programs at Shenandoah University are approved by the Virginia State Board of Education and Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC/CAEP).
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Students in the College Of Arts And Sciences seeking to become licensed as teachers take courses in the arts and sciences as the predominant part of their first two years at the university.
Courses that relate to teaching, children, and schools are the predominant part of their third and fourth years in the program. Students in the programs seeking endorsement in elementary education will be required to declare a major in University Studies (PK-6). As part of their degree requirements, they also must complete the requirements of the core curriculum in the College of Arts and Sciences. The core is a cohesive, planned program, which provides the student a strong foundation in the liberal arts. Students seeking licensure in PK-6 must complete specific courses in the core curriculum as well as additional requirements in math and science.
With the formal application into the Teacher Education Program, students must submit Virginia passing scores on all sections of the Praxis I exam. Students must successfully complete Praxis II before student teaching. Additionally, VCLA and VRA (elementary ed only) must be passed. Thus, a program completer will have passed both Praxis exams, VCLA, and VRA (if needed). In addition, students must receive satisfactory ratings on a formal checklist from advisors and faculty on their professional attitude, communication skills, and cooperation within the academic community. Shenandoah University reserves the right to determine the fitness of an individual to student teach.
Specifically, with the Teacher Education program application, Shenandoah University requires the following for an applicant to be considered for acceptance into the teacher education program.
- Submit two (2) letters of recommendation; one (1) from a professional in the field of your major and one (1) from a professional outside the field of your major.
- Submit official transcripts showing a grade point average of at least 2.9 in the area of your major and an overall grade point average of at least 2.5.
- Praxis I scores-passing by Virginia standards:
Score reports must be sent to Shenandoah University’s Admissions Office.
All students must complete the General Education Curriculum (and College/School/Division requirements), the requirements of their major, minor, concentrations, and a minimum of 120 semester hours for a baccalaureate degree.
Kristi Diminuco ‘16 earned her degree in the School of Education and Human Development. She is now the Assistant Principal at Middletown Elementary School in Middletown, Virginia. Her advice to future and current students is to build relationships with people, dig into the data and ask questions, lots of questions!
The Career Services Office also provides a comprehensive range of services and resources to assist Shenandoah students in their career search. Services offered include resume and cover letter building, mock interviews, and professional dining etiquette workshops.
A strong component of the Elementary Teacher Education Program is a partnership with local schools where university students meet for class lectures and work directly with students and teachers in the school setting. University students begin observing in classrooms early in the program and advance to working as tutors, teaching large and small groups, and conducting classroom research.
Our program is student-centered, with plenty of access to faculty and advisers.
You’ll construct an e-portfolio, create a Teacher Work Sample and complete assignments that align directly with “the real world.” Through Shenandoah’s program, you’ll learn how to:
- plan developmentally appropriate lessons
- assess learning
- differentiate instruction
- manage a classroom
- integrate technology into the curriculum
- identify successful strategies for teaching and learning
The program will also develop your skills in:
- content knowledge
- caring teaching
- multicultural perspectives
- learning to learn
|PSY 220||Child Development||3|
|EDU 221||Child Development Lab||1|
|EDU 301||Orientation to Teaching/Practicum||3|
|MCM 270||Practicum in Instructional Technology & Media||3|
|EDU 322||Creative Arts||2|
|EDU 324||Language Arts||9|
|EDU 336||Reasoning Skills I: Science||3|
|EDU 337||Reasoning Skills II: Mathematics||3|
|EDU 345||Methods & Management in Elementary/Middle School||3|
|EDU 346||Methods & Assessments in Elementary/Middle School||3|
|RDG 424||The Diagnostic Teaching of Reading||3|
|RDG 425||Reading & Writing in the Content Area||3|
|Pass PRAXIS II requirement before student teaching|
|EDU 461||Student Teaching in the Elementary & Middle School||9|
*Teacher endorsement area requirements may be satisfied through transcript analysis by the Education Department Faculty. The outcome of this analysis may be possible recommendations for supplementary coursework in order for students to achieve compliance with Virginia Department of Education regulations.
In addition to the regular admissions process, students applying to teacher education programs in Virginia must pass state-mandated standardized tests such as Praxis I.
Students in the College of Arts & Sciences seeking to become licensed as teachers take courses in Arts & Sciences as the predominant part of their first two years at the university. Upon completion of EDU 301 – Orientation to Teaching, students apply to the School of Education & Leadership (SEOL) for admission.
Learning support services are available to all students in every course at Shenandoah. Free peer tutoring with a student who has previously succeeded in the course is available for any course across the university. The Writing Center is available for every stage of the writing process from thesis development to proofreading and bibliography assistance. The Math Enrichment Center is available for math and science assistance. Professors and Academic Advisors across the university also have office hours and open door policies to ensure Shenandoah students succeed academically.
Imagine participating in interesting conversations led by engaging professors who’ve already done what you dream of doing. You’ll be in a small class — the average class size is approximately 12 students — with professors who know your name, care about your success and provide advice as you pursue your academic and career goals.
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Shenandoah University works on rolling admissions and accepts applications throughout the year. Applications are reviewed individually and holistically.
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State Reciprocity – SARA
Shenandoah University is a member of NC-SARA, the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. View the licensure requirements for out-of-state students enrolling in Shenandoah programs leading to licensure. Click on the tab at the bottom of the screen to locate your program. Note that these requirements are subject to change. Please contact your program with questions.
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Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program
The Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program offers Shenandoah students a short-term, faculty-led, study-abroad experience for academic credit. These short-term, credit-bearing, faculty-led programs are offered winter break, spring break, and during the summer. If a course is not within your major, it might be used as an elective.
I really enjoyed the GEL trip to Cuba it was such an amazing experience that I was able to be apart of. There was a lot of things that we did during the trip like dancing lessons, meeting people from the University in Santiago De Cuba, and exploring all of the cities. My favorite part of the trip though had to be going to the Bueno Vista Social Club, it was our first night in Havana and it was such a fun night we all listened to old Cuban music and got up and danced, even though most of us didn’t know how, and it was nice to just sit back and relax. I went to Cuba because my family is from there and I’ve always wanted to see where my family came from and have a first hand look of my culture and heritage. Being back I feel like I am comparing our way of life to the Cuban way of life and seeing how things are so different it opens my eyes up a little more. I would definitely go on another trip, it was a great way to experience another culture and meet new people from the school and also in the country. Most people are scared to go to Cuba or were nervous that I was going, but I can say that it was very safe and the people were very friendly, if I have the chance I would definitely go back.
Mckensey Lavin ’20 | Elementary Education
My favorite part of the GEL trip to Uganda was getting to spend time with the children. I have never met people that were happier than the people in Africa. Just seeing them smile brought so much joy to my life. The children sang, danced, played, and constantly kept a smile on my face. I went on this trip, because I wanted to experience teaching in another culture. As an elementary school education major, I wanted to see the different ways teaching is done around the world. Being back home, I feel forever changed. I am grateful to be back home, yet I want to be right back in Uganda teaching, and learning from the kids. Being home, my outlooks in life have changed in many ways including the ways I go about life everyday. The interaction between myself and my professors was amazing. They were always encouraging, and I became very close with all of them. We had the chance to constantly talk about our days there. When you come home from Africa, you gain a true appreciation for what you have. Being there makes you almost feel greedy in a way. The people in the U.S. are always so upset with what they have, and think they don’t have enough, and the people in Africa are so happy when they have practically nothing.
Kayla Robey ’20 | Elementary Education
Shenandoah University is a member of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), a global network of 300 universities. This partnership allows students to study for a full semester or year at other member campuses abroad. By working closely with their academic advisors and the study abroad advisor, students can take classes taught in English abroad while receiving Shenandoah credit.
Shenandoah University also maintains direct partnerships with several universities around the world. These relationships allow students from SU to study abroad as exchange students and students from these universities to study at SU. All partner universities offer courses taught in English.