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Education—Early Childhood/Elementary

Learning to inspire bright young minds.

Few things in life can compare to showing children everything that’s possible through learning and education. Marian has a long and proud history of training and preparing young teachers to go out into the world and serve as that inspiration for elementary students throughout Wisconsin. And it’s a legacy that’s only getting stronger.

J. Dykstra video
Jordan Dykstra is a 2013 graduate of Marian’s Early Childhood-Elementary Education program, and currently serves as a 3rd grade teacher.

The Program
A key strength of the Early Childhood/Elementary Education program is the balance of theory and practice through student teaching, as well as the emphasis we place on our majors to recognize the unique learning styles and capabilities that elementary students bring. In their first two years in the program students complete the liberal arts core, and in the final two years embark on their clinical practice experiences.

The Possibilities
As a student in the program you’ll explore a variety of methods designed to foster learning in young students, and you’ll enjoy outstanding facilities and learning resources. Our on-site Early Childhood Education Center will present you with distinctive learning opportunities working with young children. And involvement in Marian’s Student Education Association will enable you to further develop your knowledge, meet with visiting speakers, tutor and attend workshops and conferences.

The Results
You’ll find exceptional teachers across the state of Wisconsin who got their start at Marian. Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, our program will equip you with the knowledge and skills to guide young students through age-appropriate curriculum and proven teaching methodology. When you complete the program you’ll be prepared for Early Childhood-Elementary Education licensure in Wisconsin.

The Marian Difference
At the heart of Marian’s Early Childhood/Elementary Education program is our renowned Learning-Centered Model. This distinctive approach is based on five central themes that characterize education when done at its highest level—knowledge, reflection, collaboration, accountability and values and ethics. We also offer a Master of Arts in Education degree, as well as a Ph.D. program with tracks in Curriculum and Instruction Leadership, Educational Administration, and Leadership Studies.

Program Information

Teacher Education Department
The mission of Teacher Education Programs is to prepare candidates for the teaching profession by providing candidates with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to assist them to develop the pedagogical, content, and technological skills necessary to function effectively as a teacher in the areas of early childhood, elementary, middle school, and secondary education.

Teacher Education Early Childhood Elementary Program Outcomes
After completion of this program, candidates will demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of the teaching standards, including the knowledge, skills, and dispositions expected of a professional teacher.
  2. Academic competence in a broad base of general education and in a major appropriate for the licensure being sought and demonstrate knowledge of a variety of effective teaching methods and materials (including technology) which utilize skills that effectively apply content knowledge and knowledge of children and adolescents to the learning environment.
  3. The ability to design instruction effectively using a variety of instructional strategies and adapting instruction to encourage the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills for all students. Candidates also reflect on the instructional process to improve future teaching and learning experiences.
  4. An understanding and an ability to design, assess, and evaluate (both formal and informal) assessments for student learning and reflects on the assessment process to improve future teaching and learning experiences.
  5. An understanding of a diverse student population and apply appropriate instructional strategies and assessments that acknowledge sensitivity to students' diverse learning needs.

Licensure: Early Childhood-Middle Childhood Education, birth through age 11 (0 to grade 6)

General Education Program: 46-49 credits University requirements, including ART 103; MAT 150; BIO 100 and BIO 150, or BIO 104 or BIO 114; CHE 101 or CHE 103 or PHS 102 or PHS 108 or PHS 110 or PHS 203 or PHS 211; MUS 101 or MUS 200 or MUS 202 or MUS 203 or MUS 205; HIS 101; EDU 202; COM 101 or COM 232.

Other requirements
9 credits:
POS 205 American Government, 3 cr.
MAT 151 Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II, 3 cr.
HIS 102 or HIS 111 or HIS 112, 3 cr.

Early Childhood-Elementary Education courses:
74 credits as follows:
62 credits:
ECE 101 Child Development, 4 cr.
ECE 102 Early Childhood Programs and Practices, 2 cr.
ECE 201 Foundations of Early Childhood Education, 3 cr.
ECE 301 Teaching Young Children with Special Needs, 3 cr.
ECE 302 Methods of Teaching the Young Child, 4 cr.
ECE 312 Organization and Administration of Early Childhood Programs, 3 cr.
EDU 010 Field Experience One, ½ cr.
EDU 020 Field Experience Two, ½ cr.
EDU 030 Field Experience Three, ½ cr.
EDU 040 Field Experience Four, ½ cr.
EDU 100 Introduction to Education, 1 cr.
EDU 200 Technology in Education, 3 cr.
EDU 202 Psychology of Learning, 3 cr.
EDU 210 Classroom Management, 2 cr.
EDU 213 Introduction to Exceptional Education, 3 cr.
EDU 301 Intercultural Studies for Educators, 3 cr.
EDU 412 Educational Measurement and Assessment, 3 cr.
EME 206 Health and Physical Education Curriculum and Methods, 2 cr.
EME 303 Primary Reading: Teaching and Assessment, 3 cr.
EME 304 Intermediate Reading: Teaching and Assessment, 3 cr.
EME 306 Music Curriculum and Methods, 2 cr.
OR
EME 311 Art Curriculum and Methods in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle Schools, 2 cr.
EME 312 Teaching Language Arts, 4 cr.
EME 316 Mathematics Curriculum and Methods, 3 cr.
EME 322 Social Studies Curriculum and Methods, 3 cr.
EME 332 Science Curriculum and Methods, 3 cr.

12 credits:
ECE 401 Clinical Practice and Seminar - Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten, 3-6 cr.
EME 420 Clinical Practice and Seminar - Elementary-Grades 1-6, 6 cr.

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Fun Fact

Marian became co-educational in 1970 (Source: Marian University Archives).

Campus Info

Marian University - Main Campus
45 S. National Ave.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935-4699

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