This major is for students interested in teaching grades 1-8. Students will be prepared
to teach all subjects, including math, science, reading/language arts and social studies.
Why elementary education at OSU?
OSU develops educators who facilitate life-long learning and enrich the quality of
life for people in public schools and other educational settings. Our education graduates
are highly sought after by school leaders and hiring officials in Oklahoma and other
states who recognize the exceptional quality of OSU graduates. Our students enter
the classroom with extensive and relevant practical experience.
In the Elementary Education degree program, you'll find man career fields to choose
from. Some careers listed below may require additional education:
Elementary School Teacher
Middle School Teacher
High School Teacher
Career and Technical Education Teacher
Elementary and Middle School Principal
School Librarian or Media Specialist
School and Career Counselor
Special Education Teacher
#1OSU graduates more national board certified teachers
than any other institution in the state.
OSU collaborates with Stillwater Public Schools on the Excellence in Collaborative
and Experiential Learning (ExCEL) Program, in which elementary education majors get an early start on their student
teaching experience. The program features a 3-day per week, full-day placement in
a public school classroom. Students are partnered with expert classroom teachers and
return to campus for methods classes.
The reading and mathematics center provides space and resources for two on-campus
tutoring courses, which are part of the preparation program for elementary education
majors. The experience allows future teachers to develop and explore literacy and
mathematics teaching methods with the support of university faculty. During the practicum,
students assess, plan and implement weekly tutoring sessions for a K-8 student.
Student Teaching Abroad
Students have the opportunity to take their student teaching experience abroad, either
toCosta RicaorMexico. The goal of the 15-week international internship program is to expand the personal
and professional experience of students and enrich their global perspective as teachers.
Preparing America's Brightest Educators
My time at OSU prepared me immensely to be successful in my job. My district's
philosophies and priorities are very much aligned with the content of OSU's classes.
I have a clear understanding of how I'm expected to teach. All the knowledge I've
gained has allowed me to make significant contributions in class with my students
and meetings with colleagues.
- Haley, 2015 elementary education graduate current fifth grade math teacher