The elementary education major incorporates Clarke University’s broad liberal arts foundation with general examination of art, music, social studies, sciences and child development. By engaging students in a wide range of study, majors are provided with the necessary background to confidently enter the classroom. Each student is required to provide a portfolio of his/her work and progress that will be reviewed and adjusted throughout the course of study. Additionally, students will gain the necessary hands-on classroom experience in Clinical Literacy Block and Clinical Interdisciplinary Block classes at Clarke’s Professional Development School sites. The integration of these aspects provides graduates the opportunity to inspire life-long learning in their own classrooms.
To achieve a special education endorsement, students must complete all requirements for the elementary education major as well as 30 additional hours of study in special education. These hours allow students to focus on behavioral and strategic approaches for special education. Students will also get necessary hands-on experience in a special education classroom during the required student teaching portion of the requirement. The additional special education studies give students the necessary tools and confidence to encourage lifelong learning in the classroom.