Oklahoma Baptist University

Elementary Education

Elementary Education


Dr. Carolyn Gregory
Assistant Professor of Education
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Elementary Education is part of the Teacher Education division in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Elementary Education candidates receive a firm grounding in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to assist the learning of children in grades 1-8.

The elementary education faculty stresses the importance of teaching the whole child, morally and spiritually, as well as academically.

My degree options:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) in Elementary Education

What makes an OBU Elementary Education degree special?

As an elementary education major, you are provided instruction within a Christian context in preparation for a global perspective of education. Other advantages are small class size, a mentoring type of relationship between students and faculty, a wide range of field experiences with real children in real classrooms—in addition to student teaching. Therefore, as an OBU elementary education graduate, you will be highly sought for your teaching expertise.

What are OBU grads doing with their Elementary Education degrees?

Most teach in public schools in the Oklahoma/Texas area; however, we have grads teaching around the globe in almost all 50 states—Russia, China, Hong Kong, Africa, Mexico, to name a few. Some grads use their degree as the stepping stone to grad school, seminary, or mission work. With experience, many become nationally board certified teachers, school administrators, and a few have even become education professors.

What courses can I take?

While all of our classes are engaging, some favorites are:

  • Foundations of Education: Observation/Participation in a public school classroom – freshman year!
  • Reading Methods 4-8: You teach reading in a real classroom for five weeks!
  • Reading Assessment: Tutor a child in reading for a semester.
  • Social Studies Methods: Create an interactive children’s museum for area children
  • Science Methods: Teach children in an Outdoor Classroom!

What do OBU Elementary Education faculty specialize in?

Methods of teaching reading, language arts, math, social studies, and science; classroom theory and pedagogy; classroom measurement, management, and practice; enhancing the learning of ALL elementary school students, regardless of ability and/or special needs.

Departmental extras:

Double major (elementary education and early childhood education/or/special education); join the Kappa Delta Pi honor society; join the POE student teacher association; study/teach abroad; attend state and national reading conferences; tutor at-risk first graders in reading with the America Reads Program

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