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Elementary Education / Special Education Double Major

Our coursework provides opportunities to utilize the specific, evidence-based instructional practices needed for success across our Five Core Components of the Teacher Education Conceptual Framework.


  • Professionalism
  • Content Knowledge
  • Assessment
  • Classroom Management
  • Teaching Strategies


What to Expect with the Double Major
  • Coursework as early as the Freshman year provides opportunities to begin observations in the field.

  • Fieldwork at the Sophomore level allows for one-on-one time with a student implementing Response to Intervention strategies.

  • Fieldwork at the Junior/Senior level provides opportunities in both the Elementary and Special Education settings. Candidate choice is present through varied grade levels and diverse settings.

  • Junior and Senior level field placements are evaluated through the Danielson Framework, a common evaluation tool for practicing teachers.

  • Senior level field placement is completed through a year-long internship model. This strengthens the collaboration and partnership between candidate and cooperating teacher.

  • Education Seminar during Student Teaching placement allows candidates to learn about critical educational topics, gain interviewing skills, and garner peer mentoring and support.

  • Program Directors maintain continuous connections with administrators and accomplished teachers to create high-quality field placements.

  • After four years, students can graduate, be licensed to teach in elementary and special education settings, and will hold a double major.


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Associate Professor

Janelle Dies

Visiting Assistant Professor

Whitney Carver