Elementary Education Department
The Department of Elementary Education offers accredited academic programs
that prepare teachers to function effectively in early childhood and elementary
school teaching positions. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of teaching, and
the translation of research and theory into actual classroom practice through
extensive field placements.
For graduate students who are certified teachers, the department provides
subject matter and pedagogical knowledge that will permit high levels of
performance within school settings. It also provides a way for academically
competent and highly motivated college graduates with a liberal arts background
to enter the field of education.
A part of the department's commitment to professional education is to provide
leadership and service to the educational community, especially to the state of
Rhode Island and its educational agencies. The department supports faculty in
the conduct of research and scholarship, particularly as it relates to improving