ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (K-6)

BRING EXCELLENCE TO EDUCATION

If you have a passion for teaching and a love for life, knowledge, and truth, you belong in our Elementary Education major! Rooted firmly in Catholic theology and philosophy, you’ll develop the skills, experience, and confidence you need to teach in any learning environment. AMU graduates are in such high demand for teaching roles we simply can’t keep up. We need you!

Skills You will Gain

1. A Foundation in Catholic Education. You’ll enjoy learning the philosophical and theological insights of the Catholic tradition, especially its understandings related to the nature and dignity of the human person, the nature of Truth and the unity of all knowledge as ultimately rooted in the order of creation and God.

2. Teaching Best Practices. You’ll have access to the latest teaching standards, which will prepare you for a variety of classroom situations and make you a highly desirable educator.

3. Classroom Experience. By the time you graduate, you will have spent about 40 full days as an aide in at least three different schools over the course of three semesters and another full 14 weeks of student teaching.

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Associate Professor of Education

Email:

kathy.christensen@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7932

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Canizaro Library 230

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Chair of the Education Department; Assistant Professor of Education

Email:

abigail.fuller@avemaria.edu

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(239) 280-1631

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Canizaro Library 229

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Associate Professor of Education, Director of M.Ed. in Catholic Educational Leadership

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dan.guernsey@avemaria.edu

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FAST FACTS

In Ave Maria University’s Education major you will experience:

  • Up to date teaching standards, expectations, and best practices, but rooted firmly in the liberal arts and resting on a deep understanding of the dignity of the human person as a son or daughter of God.
  • Extensive hands-on experiences in real classrooms under trained master teachers during each of the 4 semesters of the major.
  • Immediate and intimate access to caring professors with extensive degrees and years of service in small classes of about 15 students.
  • 100% contract offers to program completers before graduation
  • Double the state average of first-time pass rates for all sections of the Florida K-6 Teacher Exam

INTERNSHIPS & CAREERS

Ave Maria University is located in the Collier County Public school district and works closely with them. The district is currently growing and experiencing a real need for teachers. Our graduates will on average have spent a total of 40 or more full days serving as aids in at least 3 different schools over the period of three semesters, and another full 14 weeks of student teaching in the schools. A number of our faculty are also active K-6 teachers, trainers, and administrators ensuring the most up to date, relevant and real-world  formation by those working in the field. Our graduates are ready to move right into a public or private school teaching position.

We are also extremely well connected to various dioceses and Catholic school networks around the nation seeking faithful teachers. Catholic school leaders are especially interested in hiring our uniquely well-formed graduates to enhance the academic quality and authentic Catholic identity of their schools. Ave Maria means excellence!

Because of your liberal arts core preparation, Classical schools, including many of the growing number of classical charter schools, are desperate for our graduates. Many AMU graduates are already active in these schools and their leaders come directly to us seeking to fill the growing need, not just for teachers, but teachers “who get” the classical tradition and are well versed with first-hand experience in a liberal arts environment. Something AMU is uniquely positioned to deliver, even among other faithful Catholic schools.

REQUIRED COURSES

Required Courses for the Major (64 total credits)

EDUC 201 Educational Foundations (4 credits)

EDUC 203 Career Path (0 credits)

EDUC 204 Practicum I (2 credits)

EDUC 210 Measurement and Assessment in the Classroom (3 credits)

EDUC 220 Instructional Strategies (3 credits)

EDUC 230 Reading Instruction: Principles and Methods (3 credits)

EDUC 240 Classroom Management and Organization (3 credits)

EDUC 250 ESOL Foundations (3 credits)

EDUC 302 Educational Psychology (4 credits)

EDUC 304 Practicum II (2 credits)

EDUC 310 Teaching Social Studies in the Classroom (3 credits)

EDUC 330 Reading Instruction: Assessment and Differentiation (3 credits)

EDUC 340 Teaching Diverse and Exceptional Students (3 credits)

EDUC 350 ESOL: Curriculum and Methods (3 credits)

EDUC 370 Teaching Language Arts in the Classroom (3 credits)

EDUC 380 Teaching Mathematics in the Classroom (3 credits)

EDUC 390 Teaching Science in the Classroom (3 credits)

EDUC 400 Internship with Seminar (14 credits)

EDUC 404 Practicum III (2 credits)

Required Courses for the Minor

EDUC 201 Educational Foundations (4 credits)

EDUC 210 Measurement and Assessment in the Classroom (3 credits)

EDUC 220 Instructional Strategies (3 credits)

EDUC 240 Classroom Management and Organization (3 credits)

EDUC 302 Educational Psychology (4 credits)

DEPARTMENTAL MESSAGE

The Elementary (K-6th) Education major seeks to further teaching, inquiry, and scholarship in the field of education with a special focus on Catholic and classical education. While examining the field of education using methodologies and practices proper to the discipline, the program will maintain a deliberate and explicit foundation in the philosophical and theological insights of the Catholic tradition, especially its understandings related to the nature and dignity of the human person, the nature of Truth, and the unity of all knowledge as ultimately rooted in the order of creation and God.

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