Elementary Education Major


Getting a solid start in early childhood is critical to lifelong learning. As a top college for elementary education majors, our undergraduate degree program emphasizes experiential learning, offering you the chance to start working in real classroom settings during your first year of study. By the time you graduate, you will have completed five to six placements in diverse classrooms, providing excellent preparation for the teaching world. Be one of the elementary level teachers that gives young students a good foundation!

Our elementary education program is designed to give aspiring elementary school teachers the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the classroom. You will learn how to create a positive learning environment, teach reading and math skills, and help your students develop their critical thinking and literacy skills. In addition, our elementary education programs emphasize the importance of diversity and inclusion in the classroom. You will learn how to create a culturally responsive classroom and address the needs of all students, regardless of their race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.

If you are interested in becoming an elementary school teacher, our degree in elementary education is a great place to start.

Prepare for a Rewarding Career as an Elementary Teacher

In conjunction with the elementary education undergraduate degree program, Goshen College offers dual certifications in teaching K-12 special education and K-6 English language learners. Additionally, we offer teaching license certifications in secondary education and all-grade education.

Earn A Degree in Teaching with Real Classroom Experience

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

Make a Difference in Children’s Lives

Prepare for a rewarding career in elementary education today! The elementary education major at Goshen College will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and experiences you need to become an excellent teacher. With a focus on experiential learning, you will be prepared to work in various classroom settings with diverse learners.

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Students & Alumni

Faculty and Staff

Kathy Meyer Reimer

Professor of Education
Director of Elementary Education

Brooke Lemmon

Professor of Education
Director of Special Education

Suzanne Ehst

Professor of Education
Director of Secondary Education

Danaé Wirth

Director of Accreditation
Assistant Professor of Education

Robina Sommers

Assistant Professor of Education
Director of Teach Elkhart County

Roy Jackson II

Assistant Professor of Education

Janine Ostergren

Education Administrative Assistant