Beyond Education

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Education programs at Thomas College are built on the premise that a caring, motivating, and challenging classroom culture is at the heart of successful schools. And in order to create that classroom, the Thomas programs emphasize preparing students to teach for understanding.

To promote teaching for understanding, students study and practice constructivist learning principles. The role of the teacher, must go beyond information-giver to creator of rich, comfortable learning environments that scaffold students' learning.

Throughout their program, you will learn to work in a variety of different group configurations designed to model the way teachers work together in public schools. You will learn to use technology as a teaching and learning tool that reflects the society in which they live, research, socialize and communicate.

You leave ready to engage young learners through the very technology they are exposed to on a regular basis. From using the applications of a cell phone to teach basic skills to exploring the internet for graphics and other resources to integrate into lesson design, you will practice planning and delivering engaging lessons that can be used during your field work. The education program is designed to provide you with early and on-going field work. In addition to the required field work and student teaching, you can choose to participate in a senior internship and work in classrooms in China and Korea. The opportunities for real-world experience are endless!

The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education program prepares students to teach children from kindergarten through grade eight (Endorsement 020) and is certified by the state of Maine.


Upon completion of the Thomas College Elementary Education program, students will meet Maine's Standards for Initial Certification of Teachers. The student:

- Demonstrates knowledge of the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) s/he teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful to students.

- Demonstrates the ability to integrate the concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures among the disciplines.

- Demonstrates knowledge of the diverse ways in which students learn and develop by providing learning opportunities that support their intellectual, physical, emotional, and social development.

- Plans instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, and curriculum goals.

- Understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies and appropriate technologies.

- Creates and maintains a classroom environment which supports and encourages learning.

- Demonstrates the ability to support students' learning and well-being by engaging students, home, school, colleagues, and community.

- Understands and uses a variety of formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and support the development of the learner.

- Demonstrates an awareness of and commitment to ethical and legal responsibilities of a teacher.

- Demonstrates a strong professional ethic and a desire to contribute to the education profession.

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