Elementary Education

Upon completion of a major in elementary education, students are eligible to be certified to teach kindergarten through sixth grade. Fieldwork takes place in a variety of classroom settings where students learn to teach language arts, math, social studies, science, art, physical education and music. Students also  explore approaches to classroom management, discipline and evaluation.

Information about admission to the program, our certificate in conflict transformation for teachers, and the four year plan can be viewed on our course descriptions page.

Student teaching experience

School systems in the area cooperate with Goshen College to provide strong and varied student teaching experiences. Preservice teachers experience a broad spectrum of classroom situations. During the student teaching experience, students will work 12 or more weeks full time in a local school system and will be supervised by classroom teachers and college professors.

Fieldwork experiences

An important part of Goshen’s teacher education program is learning first-hand in the schools. Students will work in a variety of settings with diverse populations. If Study-Service Term (SST) is part of the international education experience, students will also have the opportunity to work with children or youth in another culture.

Certification for teaching

After satisfactorily finishing an approved teaching program and successfully completing the Praxis II exam, students will apply and be recommended for licensure. Goshen graduates are generally eligible for initial or conditional certification in other states.


Goshen College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and is authorized by the Indiana State Board of Education to prepare teachers for elementary and secondary schools. The teacher education program has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education since 1954.

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