Elementary Education

Program Type: Major
Program Level: Undergraduate
Department: Education


Mount Marty University is well known for producing high quality, caring teachers. You can make a difference in the lives of students and inspire the next generation of learners by pursuing your passion in teaching at Mount Marty University .  As an elementary education major, you’ll take courses in educational psychology, children’s literature and language arts methods, and complete a full semester of student teaching. And our faculty will work with you to help you secure that all-important first teaching job. Because of Mount Marty's professional accreditations in this field Colleges of Distinction has awarded Mount Marty University's Education program a first-rate program.

  • 100% job placement
  • 100% PRAXIS certification test pass rate
  • K-8 Certification
  • Experience in local schools every year

A unique characteristic of the teacher education program at Mount Marty University is that you will be able to work in schools every year. This helps connect the theory of your courses with the practice in your career. You will have the opportunity to work in area schools beginning with freshman orientation class through the field experiences, practica, and into the student teaching semester: 





Field placement for 2 hours a week



2 week full day practicum in schools

Weekly work in a 6th grade classroom for their math methods course

Create/teach a 2 week literature unit for their reading methods class 



Student teach for at least one full semester (15 weeks)

Dr. Christine Hof
Associate Professor of Education

Dr. Candice Climer
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

Dr. Jennifer Weber
Assistant Professor of Education

This four year degree includes the following coursework:

Major Course Requirements

  • EDN 150               Orientation to Teaching
  • EDN 156               Child and Adolescent Development
  • EDN 214-16        Field Experience in Elementary/Middle
  • EDN 233               Educational Psychology
  • EDN 234               Measurement, Evaluation and Management
  • EDN 266               Middle School/Junior High Education
  • EDN 314-16        Practicum in Elementary/Middle
  • EDN 341               Elementary Science and Social Studies Methods
  • EDN 342               Reading: Philosophy, Psychology and Methods
  • EDN 346               Reading: Children’s Literature/Language Arts Methods
  • EDN 347               Reading: Methods, Diagnosis and Remediation in Reading
  • EDN 350               Elementary School Math Methods
  • EDN 360               Indian Studies
  • EDN 376               Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning
  • EDN 377               Human Relations Skills
  • EDN 453               Student Teaching Seminar
  • EDN 454               Elementary School Student Teaching
  • EDN 490               Seminar: The Teaching Profession
  • SPE 260                 Psychology of the Exceptional Individual


Related Course Requirements

  • ART 240               Elementary School Art Education
  • Science                   Four credit lab science course
  • ENG 103               Composition I: The Essay
  • ENG 104               Composition II: Critical Writing
  • HIS 228                  U.S. History and Government for Teachers plus three additional social science credits
  • Mathematics        Four credits to include college algebra (MTH 150) or higher
  • MUS 315               Elementary School Music Methods
  • PED 315                Elementary Methods of Physical Education
  • STH 130                Speech Communication

Elementary education majors often choose to double major in special education. This can be done in four years with careful planning. Elementary education majors can also minor in art, music, theatre, Spanish, or special education. Students often choose coursework for coaching certification as well. 

Mount Marty Teacher Education ClubStudents majoring in education have the opportunity to participate in the Teacher Education Club.  Members meet monthly to plan service projects for students and families of the local community. Through this service, Education Club members grow professionally, creating networks to assist them in their future as educators.

South Dakota Education Association/National Education Association-Student Program—Students join the state education organization which provides professional growth opportunities through newsletters, current research, and networking. SDEA-SP also provides liability insurance to teacher candidates. 



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