Elementary Education Major (Grades 1-6)
Offered by the Education department.

Seeds are planted in elementary school. Students develop interests, discover talents, or have the first inkling of what they can be when they grow up. Along with intellectual growth, the early grades are pivotal for social and emotional development—and you will explore each of these angles at Wheaton through coursework and field work. Your lesson plan? Learn to teach math, science, reading, and language arts, while gaining knowledge of child development, education standards, and social issues relevant to today’s diverse classrooms. This program leads to elementary teacher licensure in Massachusetts, and a required second major broadens your career possibilities.

Programs

Internships

Amber Proteau

2020, Elementary Education, Psychology

Kristen Shea Bettencourt '89 Wheaton Fund Internship

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, Burlington/Bolton, VT

This experience has been an amazing opportunity, as I have been able to work with people of all ages with a range of disabilities. I have now decided to focus my career on special education.

Jane Kim

2021, Elementary Education, Hispanic Studies

Merit Scholarship

Faculty-led Trip: "From the Andes to the Amazon: Intersections of Culture, Food Systems and Biological Diversity", Quito, Ecuador

I learned so much about the natural world, the sociological aspects of the people and structures around us, indigenous communities, and how all of those topics connect with each other.

Lauren Davidson

2021, Elementary Education, Psychology

Elizabeth Manget Walker Internship Fund

Faculty-led Trip: Tanzania: Education and Development, Moshi, Tarakea, Tanzania

My experience in Tanzania allowed me to learn about a new and interesting culture, experience the wildlife, teach English in a classroom, and learn many new skills.

Lauren Bartlett

2020, Elementary Education, Sociology

Sonya Dozoretz Rhodes '64 Work and Learning Endowment Fund

Martha's Vineyard Cerebral Palsy, Camp Jabberwocky, Vineyard Haven, MA

Working at Camp Jabberwocky taught me to embrace change and manage challenges in a positive way, rather than hide from the opportunities. This has made a significant impact on how I approach things.

Outcomes

100% of Elementary Education majors from the past five years have found employment or achieved a service opportunity within six months of graduation *

100%
of Elementary Education majors

Recent Graduates


Sample first jobs

  • Assistant Teacher, American School in London
  • Kindergarten Teacher, MLK Jr. Charter School of Excellence
  • Paraeducator, Devon Elementary School
  • Resident Teacher, Booker T. Washington Academy
  • Second Grade Teacher, ENCORE Academy


Sample Graduate Schools

  • Merrimack College
  • San Diego State University

*outcomes data is based on a knowledge rate of 86% for the classes of 2014-2018