Elementary Education

Graduates are qualified for a variety of careers

Graduates of the Radford University Elementary Education Teacher Preparation Program are recognized for their:

  • Ability to create learning environments that meet the needs of diverse student populations;
  • Commitment to intellectual curiosity and on-going professional development;
  • Expertise in implementing research-based practices across the curriculum;
  • Understanding of the importance of multiple perspectives in a multicultural world; and
  • Ability to develop linkages among parents, school, and community.

Our nationally-accredited Elementary Education Teacher Preparation Program recognizes its role in developing culturally responsive teachers. Our graduates honor the strength and potential of the individual in their school communities.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Our Elementary Education Program is designed as a field-based program.
  • Candidates earn more than 500-clock hours working in elementary classrooms.
  • Radford University has developed partnerships with local communities, public schools, professional organizations and other universities and community colleges which establish authentic networks for candidate learning and career development.
  • Our faculty’s expertise and research agendas in high-impact teaching strategies, cultural responsiveness, instructional technology, and interdisciplinary teaching provide students with learning experiences that are deemed as best practice.
  • The Elementary Education program provides access to a wide variety of technology and instructional tools through the on-campus Teacher Resource Center.
  • Candidates have access to the exemplary Center for Academic Advising and Student Support and the Learning Assistance Resource Center.

Students who graduate with their bachelor’s degree from the elementary education program are eligible for the Virginia PreK-6th grade teaching licensure.

Student Profiles

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SARAH CROSSETT '12 ON STEL FACULTY

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WHAT SETS RADFORD UNIVERSITY STUDENT TEACHERS APART 

Competencies

Teacher candidates pursuing licensure in PreK-6th grade develop competencies in many areas including the following:

  • Valuing multiple perspectives in a multicultural world;
  • Understanding human development and the teaching/learning transaction;
  • Designing instruction using the backward design process;
  • Managing classroom activities and student behavior;
  • Conducting assessment of and for learning; and
  • Incorporating instructional technology applications.

Required Tests and Scores

 

Students should take and pass the following tests before applying to the Teacher Education Program during their junior year:

  • Praxis Core Math
  • Praxis Subject Assessment – Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (Test Code 5001)
  • Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)
  • Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE)

Accreditation

Our program has undergone rigorous review to assure that our candidates and program meet standards as set forth by the teaching profession and the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation, the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), and the Southern Association of Colleges (SACS).

Meet the Professors

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Dr. Glenna Gustafson

Professor
Contact for Elementary Education Program
Elementary education teacher and technology coordinator
Office: Peters Hall A143
Phone: 540-831-5140
Email: ggustafso@radford.edu

I will always be a teacher and forever a learner.

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Dr. Carol Bland

Assistant Professor
1st grade, special education, and preK teacher
Office: Peters Hall A042
Phone: 540-831-5782
Email: cbland@radford.edu

I want to inspire my students to teach with a celebration of diversity, a passion for inclusive practices, and a commitment to social justice.

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Dr. Gaston Dembele

Associate Professor
International elementary education teacher
Office: Peters Hall A142
Phone: 540-831-7152
Email: gdembele@radford.edu

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Dr. Donald Langrehr 

Professor
Office: Peters Hall A025
Phone: 540-831-6580
Email: dlangreh@radford.edu

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Melissa Lisanti

Assistant Professor
Elementary education teacher and techical assistance provider
Office: Peters Hall A021
Phone: 540-831-5438
Email: mlisanti2@radford.edu

I teach because I love learning. To be able to share in the learning of others, even in a small way, is a privilege. Designing instructional experiences for future teachers gives me challenge, inspiration, and joy every day.

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Dr. Holly Robbins

Professor
Contact for Certificate in Gifted Education
Elementary education and gifted teacher
Office: Peters Hall A016
Phone: 540-831-6844
Email: hhrobbins@radford.edu

Teaching challenges you to be your best self  and enables you to indulge in lifelong learning.

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Dr. Mythianne Shelton 

Assistant Professor
Middle school science teacher
Office:  Peters Hall A043
Phone: 540-831-6207
Email:  mrshelton@radford.edu

Just as each day is different, so are the students that I have the pleasure of teaching; thus, each student is special and great things are expected of them.