Husson believes that instilling in children the sheer love of learning, the ability to read, write, and problem-solve; and the interpersonal and thinking skills necessary to propel meaningful learning, are the basic building blocks of a child's education.
Elementary Education Program Outline
The program outline indicates the types of courses you need to take in Elementary Education. A significant number of required courses in the first two years are liberal art courses. Starting from your third year, you will begin to take the professional educational courses, the elementary education core courses, and the academic content electives. Your final semester involves student teaching, one of your experiential learning requirements, and the seminar in teaching course allowing you to simultaneously develop an exit portfolio based on the cumulative experiences you have had to indicate your accomplishment in the program.
Elementary Education Program Experiences
The program experiences in the Elementary Education Program include five areas:
- 1. Liberal Arts: General Education courses
A strong liberal arts experience is essential to the success of being an elementary teacher. Liberal arts courses include experiences in English, mathematics, sciences, history, psychology, sociology, ethics, children's literature, and microcomputing. These are the foundation of a well rounded professional elementary education teacher.
- 2. Professional Educational courses
Professional educational courses prepare teachers to be conversant with the philosophy of education, educational processes, standards, and technology as defined by the State of Maine Learning Results for 21st century educators. Courses in these areas include philosophical foundations of education, computer education, learning theory and classroom management, tests and measurements, curriculum and instruction, and seminar in teaching.
- 3. Elementary Education Core Courses
There are six core methods courses in the program. They are designed to teach methods of curriculum and instruction in the areas of language arts, writing, reading, science, mathematics, and social studies. These methods courses are the extensions to many of the required liberal arts courses in the five subject areas.
- 4. Academic Content Electives
The elementary education program at Husson University prepares students for K-8 certification and corresponds to the junior high or middle school curricula. Students are required to take 18 additional semester hours in selective concentration from English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies for added background in one area of study.
- 5. Clinical Experiences, Practicum, and Student Teaching
There is one non-credited clinical experience, three one-credit-hour practicum experiences, and a fifteen-credit-hour student teaching experience.