Elementary Education Major

Getting a solid start in school is critical to lifelong learning. Be one of these teachers to give children a good foundation. Our elementary education major emphasizes experiential learning and offers you the chance to start working in real classroom settings during your first year of study. By the time you graduate, you’ll have completed five to six placements in diverse classrooms, providing you with excellent preparation for the teaching world. Over 90 percent of GC graduates who sought a teaching position in the last three years are now employed as teachers, working in schools from coast to coast.

In conjunction with the elementary education major, Goshen College’s education program also offers dual certifications in teaching K-6 special education and K-6 English language learners. Additionally, we offer certifications in secondary education and all-grade education.

The GC education program offers unique facilities to expand your own education. At Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, which hosts over 5,000 pre-K-12 students a year, you’ll have the chance to explore environmental education in a hands-on setting. Our on-campus laboratory kindergarten provides a valuable opportunity for observation of child development and behavior in a rich interactive environment. And if you travel abroad with our Study-Service Term, you’ll get the chance to work with children or youth in another part of the world!

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Faculty

  • Kathy Meyer Reimer

    Professor of Education, Director of Elementary Education

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  • Long Tran

    Associate Professor of Education

  • Jenna Labash

    Adjunct Professor of Education

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  • Tony Hurst

    Adjunct Professor of Education

  • Sally Schlueter

    Adjunct Professor of Education

  • Suzanne Ehst

    Associate Professor of Education & Director of Secondary Education