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Elementary Education

At EMU, located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, we prepare future teachers to change the world through their teaching. Our students explore the teaching field through regular practicum experiences. You will learn effective teaching methods for an evolving world and a diverse student body. 

Two key characteristics of our teacher education program are: sending future teachers into classrooms early, and reflective practice, which is woven into all education courses at EMU.

Our teacher education program has carried the highest national accreditation standards in the nation for more than 40 years. EMU is one of only five private colleges in Virginia to be NCATE-certified.


In Virginia, teacher education students in PreK-3, PreK-6, and special education licensure programs/endorsements get a liberal arts degree with licensure in PreK-3, PreK-6 or SpEd.

In addition to EMU's core curriculum, which emphasizes Christian faith,  communication, cross-cultural learning and critical thinking, students take courses in education to complete licensure in their teaching area.

Professional Sequence for Early/Primary and Elementary Education

Courses Credits
ED 101 Exploring Teaching 2
ED 201 Computers and Instructional Technology in Education 1
ED 231 Organizing for Learning 3
ED 232 Learning, Motivation, and Assessment (PreK-6) 3
ED 321 Management and Organization in Early Education 3
ED 331 Math in the Elementary School 2
ED 332 Science in the Elementary School 2
ED 333 Social Studies in the Elementary School 2
ED 301 Needs of Diverse Learners 3
ED 341 Language Arts  2
 ED 342 Reading/Diagnostic Reading  3
ED 343 Content Area Reading and Writing  2
ED 401 Examining Foundations of Education   2
 ED 411 Reflective Teaching Seminar and Portfolio  1
Student Teaching 14


*ART 397 Elementary School Art Methods - 2
*MUED 341 Elementary School Music - 3

Elementary education candidates are encouraged to select a minor from the following content areas: English, history, Spanish, art, music, math or sciences.

You can read more about requirements in education from EMU in the education section of the EMU catalog.