Elementary Education

Education and Purpose

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) is a program designed for students who want to teach at the elementary school level.

Elementary school teachers are pivotal in a child’s educational success. They nurture a young student’s innate talent and inspire them to think, dream, learn, and create.

This demanding, high commitment program will prepare students to succeed in a teaching career upon graduation. Students will study early adolescent development, classroom management, instructional technology, teaching diverse populations and more.

With more than 100 required practicum hours in a variety of urban and rural settings, and 60 full official school days of student teaching, elementary education graduates will be fully prepared to enter the workforce.

By the Numbers:

Education at Olivet

3M+
teachers in the U.S.
17:1
student to faculty ratio
27
graduate programs available through Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies
40K+
network of Olivet alumni

Specialized Education

From Art to Special Ed, Olivet students choose their area of focus, and spend valuable time as student and with students.

Math in Life

Many elementary, middle school and high school students say that math courses are their most difficult. Olivet math education grads excel in introducing students to the joys of learning.

Mentors and Professors

At Olivet, the classes are kept smaller, to ensure every student experience the one-on-one relationship with their academic mentors.

Tomorrow's Educators

The School of Education strives for responsiveness in keeping its programs current. Within the last three years, the Early Childhood, Elementary Education and Middle Grades programs have been revised to meet licensing and hiring requirements. The newest program is the Special Education Teacher Training Program with the first graduates in the Class of 2017.

Special Education Teacher Training Program

Accreditation

Olivet Nazarene University is accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards through the CAEP Accreditation System through 2018. Olivet also holds the accreditation and approval of the nation’s top associations, including the Higher Learning Commission. The School of Education continues to update existing programs to meet and exceed the Illinois State Board of Education standards.

Professional Accreditation

Education with a Christian Purpose

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