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. As a top college for education majors, our elementary education undergraduate degree program 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 Goshen College graduates who sought an elementary 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 undergraduate degree program, Goshen College’s education program also offers dual certifications in teaching K-12 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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Kathy Meyer Reimer

Professor of Education
Director of Elementary Student Tch

Brooke Lemmon

Associate Professor of Education
Director of Special Education

Suzanne Ehst

Associate Professor of Education & Director of Secondary Education

Janine Ostergren

Education Administrative Assistant

Karen Kreider Yoder

Affiliated Professor of Education

Elisa Zwier

Mentorship Program Director