By pursuing a major in Elementary Education - Grades 1-6 Option at the University of Central Missouri, you’ll be prepared to teach children in grades 1 through 6 who come from diverse backgrounds and have unique learning strengths and challenges. You’ll learn how to effectively implement instruction using a wide variety of approaches. You’ll also learn how to use technology to enhance teaching and learning. You’ll become a UCM educator: a competent, caring reflective practitioner committed to the premise that all can learn.
At UCM, we believe you learn best by doing. That’s why you’ll receive extensive classroom teaching opportunities in multiple grade levels and settings well before you graduate. In fact our goal is for you to have classroom placements in every grade in which you will be certified to teach.
Our faculty are all experienced former elementary teachers with the knowledge and skills to help you develop as an educator. Your professors are with you in your field placements to provide support. Working alongside elementary teachers and students ensures we stay current and are preparing you well for the reality of today’s classrooms.
UCM offers many ways for students to be involved. Education students may choose to join student chapters of the Missouri State Teachers Association or the National Education Association. Members of Kappa Delta Pi, an education honor society, sponsor a variety of projects designed to support area schools and organizations. If visiting other countries is appealing, our department sponsors two Study Abroad trips each year.
As a graduate of our Early Childhood Education program, you will:
We use a team advising approach for our students. Your academic advisor will make sure you are taking courses in the correct sequence and that you are meeting all requirements for Missouri teaching certification. You will also be assigned a faculty advisor who will be one of your professors. Your faculty advisor will work closely with you when you begin taking major and professional education courses.
UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri