Elementary Education Program
Bachelor of Arts — Program Overview
Prepare to teach kindergarten through sixth grade by majoring in elementary education at Briar Cliff. Our program is known for producing caring, distinguished teachers and is fully approved by the Iowa Department of Education.
EARLY, HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE
As a teacher candidate at BCU, you'll be active in actual classrooms from the get-go: observing teachers, working with small groups of students and being part of our unique Professional Development School, a collaboration with neighboring Leeds Elementary. You'll rack up 225 hours of classroom experience — and that's before you even start student teaching!
BOOST YOUR RÉSUMÉ
As part of the elementary education major, you'll complete a K-8 reading endorsement, and if possible, a 5-8 middle school endorsement. These endorsements supplement an elementary education major, so you'll be qualified to teach more subject areas and more grade levels. Coaching endorsements are also available.
CATHOLIC SCHOOL TEACHING
You have the option to complete a certificate program to teach in Catholic schools. This certificate program is a partnership between the four Iowa Catholic Dioceses and BCU’s education and theology departments. Although not a full teaching endorsement, this certificate enables you to teach religion courses and gives you preferential hiring status in Diocesan schools.