Have you ever considered teaching but have had a hard time choosing a subject? That's okay! Elementary education (El Ed) is one of the coolest majors BYU has to offer because you get the opportunity to become an expert in a variety of subjects!
Below are a few fun facts about the El Ed program, along with a few of the important details you may want to know if you join someday.
Fun Fact #1: The El Ed program is 78 credit hours, with a couple of optional minors that are only offered to education majors.
Fun Fact #2: There are classes in the program where you learn how to incorporate theater, art, music, physical education, and dance into the everyday classroom. The best part is, you learn how to teach this by actually doing it. One of my favorite moments in the drama class was putting on a puppet show with my class after designing and making our own sock puppets.
Fun Fact #3: You get to work with elementary school teachers in the elementary schools during your time at BYU. Throughout the program, students have the opportunity to talk to and observe teachers in their classrooms. In the third year of the program, you get the chance to do something called practicum, in which you go into the schools not only to observe, but to start teaching as well. Finally, during the last year, students are allowed to do either an internship or be a student teacher, which helps you build up to managing and teaching your own class full of students.
Fun Fact #4: Most of the classes in the El Ed program are smaller, allowing you to work one-on-one with your professors. There are a lot of classes at BYU where you just sit in a big lecture hall and listen to the professor talk. When you need face-to-face interaction, you are asked to speak with a TA first, rather than speaking with the professor. Unlike these classes, the classes in the elementary education program still have TAs to help you out, but the professors are willing to put in the time to talk to you and help you as much as needed.
Fun Fact #5: You learn to really love the kids, and the kids love you! You aren’t just a teacher to them…you’re their hero!
Honestly, the Elementary Education program is so amazing. I know I only mentioned a few things about it in this post, so if you have any questions, don’t be afraid to contact us. We are more than happy to answer any questions!
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