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Elementary Education

  • Available as major (B.S. degree)
    Teaching is a noble profession, an art. It is much more than writing lesson plans. Teaching is making an impact in the lives of children.

  • We nurture your innate talent and give you the skills you need to succeed as an elementary school teacher. We introduce you to the professional world, teaching you how to survive and thrive there.

    At Olivet, you can:

    • Study early adolescent development, classroom management, instructional technology, teaching diverse populations.
    • Begin your classes with devotions and prayer
    • Meet and talk with best-selling children’s authors.
    • Hear from a panel of elementary and high school principals about what it’s like to be a teacher and what you need to do to enter this career field.
    • Do a “living wax museum” project. Dress up like a character from history or literature. Prepare your teaching unit. Then, as that character, present your lesson to a public school class.
    • Show care for military personnel by helping children write letters to soldiers serving in the Middle East.
    • Learn ways to represent Christ within the classroom, as a role model and light to your students.
    • Teach a math or science lesson you have written in a public school classroom before you graduate.
    • Help public school students write and produce their own books.
    • And so much more!

    Many of our students describe our program as being like a family. This noncompetitive environment encourages everyone to work together and develop relationships. Your professors will take time to pray with you and advise you. And their passion for education is contagious!

    This is a demanding, high commitment program. You will be prepared to succeed in your career right after you graduate.

    Prepare 50 lesson plans, which will be ready to implement when you begin your teaching career. Learn how to find ideas and resources using the Internet. Enjoy all that our Curriculum Center has to offer: children’s books, teaching materials, textbooks, workbooks, journals, activities, help in preparing lesson plans, and art supplies.

    Prepare to work with cooperating teachers in a school setting by working with your fellow students on team projects and presentations.

    Learn how to use technology effectively, such as Smart boards, educational websites, PowerPoint, wikis and much more.

    In your classroom management class, learn how to deal effectively with a child who is causing problems. Make an effective discipline plan to settle problems within the classroom.

    Parents are critical to a child’s education, and you will learn how to keep parents involved by relating with them in effective ways.

    Putting knowledge to work

    As you complete your required practicum hours, you will have a wealth of experiences in a variety of settings – urban, rural, small town, multicultural.

    Begin by going into classrooms in area schools and observing. There you will find cooperating teachers who are very supportive and helpful.

    Before your student teaching experience, you will complete between 100 to 130 hours of field experiences. The Teacher Education Program will assist you in securing the school placements for all your field experiences. Our Student Education Association (SEA) is an organization to help you do additional “educational service” activities each academic year.

    Your student teaching assignment allows you to direct the learning activities of students in a “real-world” classroom. Prepare and present lessons. Get practice in dealing with unforeseen circumstances. Work closely with classroom teachers. Let children overwhelm you with their openness and enthusiasm — and come back rejuvenated and affirmed in your career choice.

    The minimum student teaching assignment is 60 full official school days. You will be supervised by a classroom teacher, the principal of the school, and the University Supervisor. A faculty member will observe you on site. This is a time for you to grow, learn and develop as a teacher.

    Additional opportunities

    Student Education Association (SEA) empowers you and other future educators to invest in the lives of the next generation. Through professional and social activities, you will bond with other students, faculty and educators who are already working in their chose careers. SEA is the largest student organization on campus with more than 200 students who take part in activities each year. We make a major impact in the surrounding school districts and community!

    Work with other elementary education majors on service projects. Examples of past projects:

    • Rainforest bus mobile project, a partnership with family and consumer science majors and an elementary school in Indianapolis
    • Science and math kits for specific grade levels, including lesson plans and all materials needed to do the lessons, for schools in inner city Indianapolis. Teachers provided the topics, and our students wrote the lessons and bought the materials. 
    • Tutoring services for Kankakee County. Parents bring their children to Benner Library on campus. Our students get the opportunity to deliver a lesson and interact with an elementary school student.


    Are you a person who:

    • Senses a calling from God to educate children?
    • Wants to make a difference for our world?
    • Realizes how your teachers have impacted your life?
    • Loves to work with children and wants to help them learn?
    • Desires to draw on God’s strength to do what He’s called you to do?
    • Is willing to see the potential of success in every child who comes through a classroom door?
    • Wants to find the rewards and conquer the challenges of teaching?

    then a career in education may be the perfect fit for you.

    For more information

    This is a brief overview of what the School of Education offers students. For more detailed information about procedures and requirements, go to the online catalog.

    Elementary Education is part of the School of Education.