CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER
       DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS

A Career Guide for the Elementary Education Major


The Department of Teacher Education regards the teacher as a person who plays a vital role in society, assuring the continuation and improvement of civilization. The College of Education is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Graduates of Florida Atlantic University who successfully complete approved teacher-education programs are qualified for teaching certificates in all states recognizing this accreditation. Teachers for the 21st century must:

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

Interests
  • Working with/instructing children
  • Designing classroom presentations
  • Public service
  • Arts and crafts/creative activities
  • Working with computers
  • Interacting with a diverse student population
Aptitudes
  • Sensitivity
  • Good moral character
  • Computer literacy
  • Observation/evaluative skills
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills
  • Confidence/poise
  • Supervisory skills
  • Patience
  • Dedication
  • Adaptability
  • Creativity

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS


The Department of Teacher Education offers a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with teacher certification in grades 1-6. Students may elect additional certification in middle school education. Courses leading to an elementary education degree are offered at the Boca Raton, Davie, Northern Palm Beach, and Treasure Coast campuses.

Admission to the University does not constitute admission to the Elementary Education degree program. Applicants must present satisfactory scores on the CLAST test, have a minimum of 2.5 grade point average on all college work attempted, present a score of 840 or better on the SAT if taken before April 1, 1995, a score of 950 or better on the SAT-I effective April 1, 1995 (or) a score of 19 on the ACT taken before October 1, 1989, or a score of 20 on the enhanced ACT effective October 1, 1989.


OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


The following are examples of positions often held by Elementary Education graduates:

Elementary Education Teacher
School Administrator
School Counselor
College Professor
Sales Representative
Customer Service Representative
Management Trainee
Investment Broker
Trainer

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


FOR MORE INFORMATION


For information about choosing a career, graduate/ professional school, internships or job descriptions, and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)
561-297-3533

Davie Campus - Modular G
954-236-1214

Jupiter Campus - SR 110
561-799-8010

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

The College of Education
Boca Raton Campus, College of Education Building Room 210, (ED 210)
561-297-3564

Davie Campus, ES Building Room 203, (ES 203)
954-236-1025

Jupiter Campus,  TCC105C
561-799-8638

Department of Teacher Education
Boca Raton Campus, College of Education Building Room 355, (ED 355)
561-297-3584


The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the College of Education and the Department of Teacher Education.

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