Elementary Education

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College of Education

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To become a successful elementary school teacher and shape the future of our youth, you need the support of a valuable elementary education program.

Doane’s elementary education program prepares students to teach kindergarten through eighth-grade. A range of field experiences in your sophomore and junior years will help you decide which grade level you would most like to teach.

Students majoring in elementary education must also complete a major or endorsement in middle grades, early childhood, special education, English as a Second Language, Spanish, music, mathematics, science and/or physical education. A coaching endorsement may be added.

Teachers can also be certified for kindergarten through 12th-grade in art, music, physical education, and English as a Second Language.

The Doane University Education program is known nationwide for its innovative, performance-based approach to teacher education based on a quality model of theory and developmental experiences.

Field Experience/Student Teaching

At Doane, pre-service teachers complete approximately 300 hours of practicum experience with K-12 students prior to student teaching.

  • Students begin working in classroom settings during their first year 
  • Student assisting continues during the sophomore and junior years
  • Full-time student teaching occurs during the senior year (ranging from 14 weeks for one endorsement to a maximum of 24 weeks for two endorsements)

Teacher Warranty

Doane was the FIRST college/university in the nation to offer a warranty of its teacher education graduates to hiring school districts. The college will provide free training for its new teachers as necessary at no cost to the school district or Doane graduate.

Guaranteed Placement

Doane University GUARANTEES its teacher education students employment following graduation in the education field.

Master of Education Degree

Following graduation in the teacher education program, all students extend their training in a summer semester of graduate work

  • 12 credit hours of graduate work
  • Graduate classes give Doane students an advantage over other college graduates in credits toward a master's degree
  • Site-based, the MED is offered at numerous locations in Nebraska, allowing our students to finish their graduate degree with ease. 

First-Year Mentoring

For many years, Doane has provided mentoring for its first-year teachers. An experienced teacher in the school works closely with new Doane teachers to help with this transition. Doane faculty also work with the new teachers, providing support and expertise.


Learning Environment

The Chab Weyers Education and Hixson Lied Art Building provides new offices and classrooms for Doane's nationally recognized education and art programs.  The new building is designed to inspire teaching and learning in a collaborative work environment. Color, texture, lighting and acoustics are used to create a comfortable and enriching setting for students, faculty and staff.

Four customized classrooms on the third level are one of the features of the education portion of the building. These specialized classrooms and adjacent faculty offices will be used for elementary education, special education, middle school education and secondary education. Students can simulate classroom teaching with many of the resources found in the nation's top school districts. Additionally, material-rich support space is found throughout the Education Department for use in preparing their assignments.

Four lecture rooms capable of being combined into one large conference room are available as a campus resource on the second floor of the building. Seating and breakout space can be easily reconfigured for lectures and conferences. This upscale environment provides students and faculty with a venue to plan learning activities complementing classroom instruction.

Learn more about the Chab Weyers Education and Hixson Lied Art Building.


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1.  Requirements for Education Major:
EDU 211 - Practicum IA (3),
EDU 221 - Practicum IB (3)
EDU 311 - Language Arts and Reading I (3)
EDU 312 - Language Arts and Reading II (3)
EDU 318 - Mathematics Methods (3)
EDU 321 - Practicum IC (2)
EDU 322 - Science Methods (2)
EDU 323 - Social Studies Methods (2)
EDU 330 - Language Arts and Reading III (5)
EDU 338 - Children, Youth and the Family (3)
EDU 341 - Practicum ID (3)
EDU 451 - Student Teaching (Elementary) (8)

2.  Complete the following cognates:
ART 326 - Art in Elementary Schools (3)
GEG 301 - Social-Cultural Geography (3)
IST 201 - Instructional Technology (3)
MTH 217 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers (3)
PED 101 - Physical Activity Course (1)
PED 104 - Theory of Lifetime Fitness (1)
ART 101 - Art Appreciation (3) or ART 107 - Two-Dimensional Design (3) or ART 110 - Three-Dimensional Design (3) or FAR 103 - Introduction to Fine Arts: Music (3) or THE 101 - Introduction to the Theatre (3).
BIO 101 - Introduction to Biology (4) or BIO 110 - Inquiry Laboratory: Introduction to Biological Investigation (3) or BIO 111 - Energy of Life: Cells to Ecosystems (3).
CMS 112 - Small Group Communication (3) or CMS 210 - Public Speaking (3) or CMS 220 - Interpersonal Communication (3).
ENG 101 - Writing Seminar (3) or ENG 201 - Intermediate Writing (3) and three additional credits in English; course suggestions:  ENG 205 - World Literature I (3) or ENG 206 - World Literature II (3) or ENG 237 - Introduction to Fiction (3). 
HIS 205 - History of the United States I (3) or HIS 206 - History of the United States II (3).
MUS 226 - Music and Movement for Young Children (3) or MUS 221 - Elementary Music Methods (3) - music majors.
PED 450
- Structuring Movement Activities for Elementary-Aged Children (2); double majors use:  PED 458 - Techniques of Teaching Physical Education II (K-6) (4).
MTH 107 - Problem Solving (3) or MTH 108 - Modeling & Applications (3).
PHS 105 - Principles of Physical Science (4) or GEO 101 - Environmental Geology (4) or GEO 103 - Physical Geology (4) or CHM 101 - Introduction to Chemistry (4).
PSI 101 - American Politics (3) or PSI 105 - Comparative Governments (3).
PRE 110 - Philosophical Problems (3) or PRE 111 - Ethics (3).
PSY 117 - Introduction to Psychology (3) or SOC 109 - Introduction to Sociology (3).

3.  Complete a second teaching major or endorsement area or emphasis from the following:  special education, Spanish, music, mathematics, science, physical education, middle school, early childhood education or English as a Second Language.

4.  Other courses (refer to course catalog for each program requirement):
EDS 622 - School Programming for Exceptional Students (3)
EDS 626 - Advanced Instructional Adaptations (3)
EDU 645 - Assessment of Literacy (3)
EDU 664 - Seminar For Beginning Teachers I (3)
EDU 665 - Seminar For Beginning Teachers II (3)
EDU 600 - Improvement of Instruction (3)
EDS 620 - Exceptional Children (3) or EDS 207 - Introduction to Exceptional Children (3)
EDU 663 - Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)

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