You’ve had teachers who have made a positive impact on your life. The Bachelor of Science with a major in elementary education at Trine University will prepare you to be the teacher who changes children’s lives.
The degree: Education based on how children learn
The Bachelor of Science with a major in elementary education program at Trine University focuses on scientifically based instruction and the application of theories on how children in grades K-6 learn best. The program prepares you to design and implement classroom learning through innovative, research-based strategies, including project-based learning, STEM initiatives and the latest educational technology.
Most education majors can earn more than one area of licensure within their four-year program, and elementary education majors have the opportunity to earn certifications in areas such as Google Classroom and Project Lead the Way.
Trine University offers a dual special education licensure program for preschool through 12th grade, allowing you to add special education mild intervention licensure within your four-year degree program at Trine. If you are interested in pursuing special education licensure, please talk to your faculty advisor.
The experience: Extensive time in the classroom
Like all Franks School of Education programs, extensive field experiences in diverse school settings are required beginning in the first year of coursework. You will spend more than 1,000 hours in clinical settings prior to graduation. The Bachelor of Science with a major in elementary education program is grounded in state and national standards in order to help you prepare your future students with 21st century skills.
Teaching in completely redesigned campus classrooms, our passionate, student-centered faculty come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, all related to classroom teaching, advanced research and preparing future teachers. Our academically rigorous teacher education program focuses on:
- Student-centered instruction in a safe learning environment
- Evidence-based instructional strategies
- Classroom management techniques
- Innovative integration of classroom technology
The result: Be highly prepared for your teaching career
Graduates from the Franks School of Education have demonstrated high levels of success, including:
- 100 percent of recently surveyed principal employers indicated the Franks School of Education provided teacher training that was relevant, effective, and improved P-12 student learning.
- 100 percent of recently surveyed principal employers shared that Trine teacher graduates are more prepared in comparison to other teacher education programs.
Area school districts where students participate in field experiences and student teaching include, though are not limited to:
- Bronson Community Schools (Michigan)
- Coldwater Community Schools (Michigan)
- Sturgis Community Schools (Michigan)
- MSD of Steuben County Schools (Indiana)
- Prairie Heights Community Schools (Indiana)
- Hamilton Community Schools (Indiana)
- Fremont Community Schools (Indiana)
- Fort Wayne Community Schools (Indiana)
- Garrett, Keyser Butler Community Schools (Indiana)
- DeKalb County Central United School District (Indiana)
- DeKalb Eastern Community Schools (Indiana)
- Quincy Community Schools (Michigan)
- Edgerton Local School District (Ohio)
- Edon-Northwest Local School District (Ohio)
- Central Noble Community Schools (Indiana)
- East Noble Community Schools (Indiana)
- West Noble Community Schools (Indiana)
- Lakeland Community Schools (Indiana)
With a degree in elementary education, you have many opportunities for rewarding careers and advanced studies.
Explore the Possibilities:
- Grade–level or content department chair
- Building principal
- Assistant superintendent
- Curriculum director
- Child care worker
- Publications adviser (yearbooks, newspaper, etc.)
- Athletic director
- Community agency director
- Graduate student
BS in Elementary Education