Elementary Education

Whether they’re on the cusp of learning to read or just being introduced to the history of America, elementary-aged children are exciting to teach! But many children also bring significant challenges to the classroom. Distracting home lives, learning disabilities, and language barriers can all become obstacles to success. Today’s classrooms need innovative, energetic teachers to meet students where they’re at, love them unconditionally, and challenge them to new heights in their education.

In Corban’s AAQEP-accredited elementary education program, you’ll be equipped to enter the classroom with confidence. Experienced faculty will guide you through classroom management techniques, education theory, and more.

In addition, you’ll be given opportunities to practice lesson planning and teaching in Salem-Keizer schools, all while being supervised and guided by mentors. Learn how to create a fun and vibrant learning environment as you teach critical literacy and math skills that lay the foundation for your students’ ongoing education.

Of the Corban grads who pursue a teaching job, 99% get one—within one year!

Is Elementary Education the right major for you?

Yes, if:

  • You’re a self-starter, able to manage your time effectively.
  • You love working with children.
  • The idea of helping someone gain fundamental skills is exciting to you.
  • You have a patient, kind, and empathetic personality.
  • You communicate well with both children and adults.
  • You’re detail-oriented and enjoy establishing positive routines.

What You’ll Learn

Courses in the elementary education program give you a well-rounded foundation in every subject young learners will explore, including language arts, science, health, children’s literature, social studies, physical education, and math. In addition, you will learn important teaching strategies and skills through courses such as:

  • Elementary Reading Methods
  • Teaching Exceptional Learners
  • Psychology of Education
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Infant, Child & Adolescent Development

As part of the elementary education program, you will also earn an ESOL endorsement to better equip you for today’s multi-cultural classrooms.

Learn what courses you’ll need to complete your degree.

Learn more about Corban’s partnership with the Salem-Keizer school district, the qualifications of our expert education faculty, and what you can expect from your hands-on teaching practicum by visiting the main education page.