Common elementary education classes teachers are required to take in college are education foundations, child learning, adolescent development, educational society and instructional technologies. Toward the end of a students’ college studies in elementary education, they take courses applying curriculum, methods and assessment of specific topics, such as science and math.
Education foundations is the introductory course for elementary education students learning about teaching background and framework. It requires study of historical and sociological impact on American education, and the study of the current challenges in education for new teachers.
Child learning development covers study of the physical, cognitive and emotional growth. Teachers learn different ways children learn and progress in literacy, and explore the interaction of learning methods within environmental contexts.
Adolescent development involves analyzing the implications of educators, and detailing effects educators have on young students.
Educational psychology covers aspects of brain systems affecting learning – sensory, motor, language, social, emotional and self-regulation – and involves discussing the executive functions with physical and social environments inside and outside school.
Instructional technology enables students preparing to be teachers master technology tools and learn to utilize them to teach youth in classroom settings, becoming digitally aware of modern technology and their uses.