The elementary education program at Maryville prepares students to teach children in grades 1-6. Classes, field experiences, an area of concentration and a general education contribute to a broad-based elementary teacher preparation program. Five options are available within the elementary education area: B.A. in elementary education, B.A. in elementary/early childhood, and 3/2 programs in elementary/early childhood, elementary/English and elementary/psychology. All options involve extensive experiences in partner schools.
Maryville’s School of Education has been recognized for its work at the elementary and early childhood level by the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, various local school districts and as part of John Goodlad’s National Network for Educational Renewal. In addition, it has a longstanding history with the St. Louis Public Schools early childhood magnet school program.
Students in elementary education must complete one area of concentration consisting of 21 to 24 credit hours in one of these fields: English, mathematics, science or social studies. Area of concentration are additional hours for each student’s degree program, though some hours correlate with general education requirements.