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.

Student Profiles

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SARAH CROSSETT '12 ON STEL FACULTY

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JODIE SHARES WHAT SETS RADFORD UNIVERSITY STUDENT TEACHERS APART FROM THE CROWD

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.

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).

Teaching License Eligibility

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

  • Establishing partnerships with families and community agencies
  • Collaborating with educators and other professionals to support diverse student needs 

State Teaching Agreements

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 Wyoming

Required Testing

 

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

  • Praxis Core Math
  • Praxis II Elementary Education Content Knowledge
  • Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)
  • Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE)

Meet the Professors

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Dr. Glenna Gustafson, Program Area Leader

Elementary education teacher and technology coordinator

540-831-5506

ggustafso@radford.edu

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. Carl Jung

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Dr. Carol Bland

1st grade, special education, and preK teacher

540-831-5782

cbland@radford.edu

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Dr. Gaston Dembele

International elementary education teacher

540-831-7152

gdembele@radford.edu

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Melissa Lisanti

Elementary education teacher and technical assistance provider

540-831-5438

mlisanti2@radford.edu

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Dr. Holly Robbins

Elementary education and gifted teacher

540-831-6844

hhrobbins@radford.edu

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

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Dr. Terry Smith

Elementary education teacher

540-831-5118

tsmith39@radford.edu