Degree in Elementary Education - Majors & Programs | Benedictine College

Elementary Education

Bachelor of Arts, Department of Education

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Department Overview

Education Department programs are built upon the framework of “Educators as Builders of Community.” The programs call for future teachers and administrators to perceive their roles in education as developers of community. The learning community is within classrooms and schools, as well as outside their walls. Not only do education graduates work toward building community with students, families, and members of the local community, but they see a purpose of education to be the development of individuals who assume responsibility for building a healthy community locally, nationally, and globally. Grounded in a Benedictine, liberal arts tradition, the program advocates that the goals and means of the educative process are complementary and seek the pursuit of human dignity and social responsibility.

Degree Objectives

  • Build learning communities where students and teachers make meaningful choices, communicate and collaborate with others, think critically and conceptually, and act justly
  • Model decision making processes that are inquiry-based, equitable, and reflect the values of Benedictine communities
  • Actively involve the community as a partner in the educational process.

Related Careers

  • Elementary Teacher
  • Secondary Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Curriculum Developer
  • School Administration


Matthew Ramsey, Ph.D.
Professor and Co-Chair
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Christi Adams, Ed.D.
Associate Professor and Co-Chair
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  • Christi Adams, Ed.D.
    Associate Professor, Co-Chair
  • Laura Bradfield
    Adjunct Instructor
  • Kelly Cogan
    Assistant Professor
  • Amy Cline
    Adjunct Instructor
  • Dianna Henderson, Ph.D.
  • Maureen Huppe, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
  • Kevin Lunsford
    Assistant Professor
  • Erin McKelvey-Patterson
    Adjunct Instructor
  • Amy Minnis
    Adjunct Instructor
  • Matthew Ramsey, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor & Co-Chair
  • Brad Weaver
    Adjunct Instructor
  • Piper Wentz, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
  • Sara Wise
    Associate Instructor

* Changes in Kansas State Department licensure requirements will preclude requirements established by Benedictine’s Education Department. Students will complete the college’s general education requirements in addition to the following courses.

Freshman Year 

ENGL-1010English Composition3
THEO-1100Introduction to Theology3
Foreign Language4
PSYC-1000General Psychology (Person and Community)3
Fine Arts (Aesthetic Foundation)3
GNST-1000BC Experience1
ENGL-1020Introduction to Literature (Aesthetic Foundation)3
PHIL-1750Principles of Nature3
Foreign Language4
EDUC-2200Introduction to Education2
EDUC-2201Intro to Ed Field Experience1
Faith Foundation3
EXSCFitness course (Health)1

Sophomore Year

EDUC-2214Integrated Art & Music Methods3
HIST-1100World Civilization to 1500 (Historical Foundation)3
EDUC-2220Psychoed. Development3
Physical Science (Natural World)4
EDUC-2222Psychology of Individuals With Exceptionalities3
Life Science (Natural World)4
Area of Concentration3
Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3
HIST-1300U.S. History to 1865 (Historical Foundation)3
Area of Concentration3
EXSC-1115Wellness for Life (Health)1

Junior Year

MATH-1110**Math for Elem Teachers I (Quantitative Analysis)4
SOCI-3250Soc. of Race & Ethnic Relations (Global Perspective)3
Area of Concentration3
EXSC-3302Physical Education Curriculum2
Area of Concentration3
EDUC-3319Integrated Language Arts Methods5
EDUC-3317Integ. Language Arts Practicum1
EDUC-3314Math Methods & Assessment3
EDUC-4451Philosophy of Education3
MATH-1120Math for Elem Teachers II (Mathematical Reasoning)3

** MATH-1110 may be waived for students entering Benedictine College with previously acquired college math credits.

Senior Year

Area of Concentration3
Faith Foundation3
EDUC-3312School as Community3
EDUC-3313School as Community Diversity Field Experience1
EDUC-3301Social Studies Methods/Media2
EDUC-3303Science & Health Methods/Media2
EDUC-3307Building Community Through Integrated Social Studies & Sciences1
EDUC-4455Differentiated Instruction3
EDUC-4462Classroom Management2
EDUC-4470Seminar for Student Teaching1
EDUC-4492Supervised Student Teaching10
EDUC-COMPSenior Comprehensive Examcr
EDUC-CNTXCore Content Area Testcr
EDUC-PLTXPLT Licensure Examcr

Other Department Offerings

  • Major in Elementary & Special Education
  • Major in Secondary Education