Why Study Elementary Education?

Elementary Internship

Towson University has been a leader in teacher preparation for 150 years, and the Department of Elementary Education is the oldest academic department on campus. Our elementary education programs have a rich tradition of excellence in preparing teacher candidates like you to engage with and serve parents, families, caregivers and communities in addition to the children in your care. The program is dedicated to helping you:

  • understand the physical, cognitive and social and emotional development of children
  • be prepared to refer parents, families and caregivers to community resources that benefit children
  • participate in internship opportunities that apply theory and knowledge in planning and implementation of activities and experiences of young children.
  • increase your skills in technology to support its integration in the classroom in developmentally appropriate ways
  • prepare to become a facilitator of active learning for all children and families in culturally, linguistically and developmentally appropriate environments
  • engage with faculty committed to your success and career goals
  • work one-on-one with advisers in a strategic and progressive planning process throughout your academic career

Prepared to Teach

The Maryland State Department of Education requires all full-time teacher candidates who are seeking certification be trained in a Professional Development School. You’ll work with the college’s Center for Professional Practice to complete your teaching internship and other field experiences. Students who complete the requirements for the elementary education major are certified to teach grades one through five. Graduates of the program teach in schools throughout Maryland and across the U.S.