Teachers build the future, shaping tomorrow’s leaders one by one. Or, as the historian Henry Brooks Adams once said, “Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops.”
That’s never as true as in elementary education classrooms, where teachers can inspire and captivate young minds, where they can foster creativity and imagination and innovation. Where they can instill an early love for learning—and help each child recognize their special genius.
After all, just think of the big influence your favorite elementary school teacher had on you.
At Chaminade, we truly believe that teachers change the world—and so our elementary education undergraduate program is designed to prepare students for that very big task. That’s why we keep our class sizes small, allowing for individualized attention from faculty and a strong peer-to-peer network—all aimed at maximizing feedback to hone your teaching skills.
We also strongly value experiential learning, which is why students spend hours in real classrooms—observing and participating—before ever starting their semester as a student-teacher. Service-learning—learning in the service of others—is also a key part of our program and we’ve partnered with a nearby school to ensure we’re helping in ways that are needed.
Graduates of our program are licensed to teach kindergarten through sixth grade. But more importantly, they’re ready to teach—to lead a classroom, to employ best teaching practices to help all types of students learn, and to engage young people in the joy of education.
Upon successful completion of the Elementary Education degree program, graduates are certified to teach Kindergarten through sixth grade. Chaminade follows certification guidelines set by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Boards (HTSB). All licensure programs are approved by the Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) and are recognized by over 40 states and the District of Colombia through the Reciprocity Agreement. The Reciprocity Agreement and listed member states can be found at the following website: nasdtec.org.
Upon completion of the our initial teach licensure programs, a graduating student will demonstrate the following competencies:
- Knowledge of subject matter such as reading/language arts, mathematics, social sciences, science, visual arts, musical arts, and kinesthetic arts (Content Knowledge)
- Knowledge of how students develop and learn, including how to engage students in developmentally appropriate experiences that support learning (Developmentally Appropriate Practices)
- Knowledge of how to teach subject matter to students and apply a variety of instructional strategies that are rigorous, differentiated, and focused on the active involvement of the learner (Pedagogical Content Knowledge)
- Knowledge and application of appropriate technology for student learning (Technology)
- Knowledge and use of appropriate assessment strategies that enhance the knowledge of learners and their responsibility for their own learning (Assessment)
- Skills for adapting learning activities for individual differences and the needs of diverse learners while maintaining safe, positive, caring, and inclusive learning environments (Diversity)
- Skills in the planning and design of meaningful learning activities that support and have positive impacts on student learning based upon knowledge of subject matters, students, the community, curriculum standards, and the integration of appropriate technology (Focus on Student Learning)
- Professional dispositions, professionalism in teaching, ethical standards of conduct consistent with Marianist values, and positive and constructive relationships with parents, the school community and colleagues (Professional and Ethical Dispositions and Communication)
(Online) Degree Requirements
Students working toward a Bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework, which includes general education requirements, electives, pre-major requirements (if applicable) and major requirements.
- AN 340 Contemporary Peoples of Hawaii
- COM 310 Intercultural Communications
- ED 220 Educational Foundations
- GE 102 World Regional Geography
- MA 105 Math for Elementary Teachers I
- MA 305 Math for Elementary Teachers II
- PSY 202 Child Development
- ED 221 Educational Psychology
- ED 222 Educational Technology
- ED 223 Music, Art and Physical Education
- ED 320 Elementary Language Arts Methods I
- ED 321 Elementary Language Arts Methods II
- ED 322 Elementary Math Methods I
- ED 323 Elementary Math Methods II
- ED 324 Elementary Science Methods
- ED 325 Elementary Social Studies Methods
- ED 326 Exceptional Children
- ED 404 Managing School Environments
- ED 408 Assessment
- ED 420 Integrated Curriculum
- ED 490 Seminars
- ED 494 Student Teaching: Elementary
- 72 hours of O&P
- Field Experience/Observation and Participation
Related Academic Offerings
- B.S. Early Childhood Education (Online) >>
- B.S. Early Childhood Education with Montessori Credential (Online) >>
- B.S. Elementary Education >>
- B.A. Elementary Education for Oceania (Online) >>
- B.S. Secondary Education (Online) >>
- B. S. Special Education (Online) >>