Primary Education PK-5


Bachelor of Science in Education | College of Education, Health and Society

What is Primary Education PK-5?

The Primary PK-5 major leads to a Bachelor of Science in Education degree and qualifies you for a license to teach pre-kindergarten through grade 5. Approved by the Ohio Department of Education, this generalist program prepares you to teach students in grades PK through 5th in all content areas.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Program Narrative

In support of the College of Education, Health and Society and the Department of Teacher Education’s mission, vision, and goals, the Primary PK-5 program is designed to explicitly support a narrative of a justice-oriented classroom in which teacher candidates are prepared to apply their developing intellectual identities toward an imagining of schooling as more than the mere transmission of knowledge, but as a co-construction of critically conscious curriculum in solidarity with children, families and communities.

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Extensive classroom and community experience

Our teacher education program offers you more classroom and community experiences than most Primary PK-5 programs at other universities. During your study of critically conscious curricula and pedagogies, you will participate actively in urban and suburban/rural K-5 classrooms, Head Start facilities, and local communities, enjoying progressively more in-field hours in each of 3 professional semesters, culminating in a 15-week, full-time student teaching experience in which you will work closely with mentor teachers in area elementary schools, eventually assuming all pedagogical and curricular responsibilities.

Professional education sequence

Teaching young people requires understandings and skills in areas of: characteristics and needs of learners; relationship-building; trauma-informed classroom climate; conceptions of cultural identity and cultural diversity; social-political structures of schools, families and communities; assessment and evaluation; theories of critical literacies toward applied analysis of problems of practice; educational policy and law; technological literacies for school and community leadership; the disciplines of science, mathematics, the social studies, and language arts; the acquisition and evaluation of resources; and theories and principles of justice, equity, and democratic life relevant to the challenges of PK-5 classrooms, schools, families, and communities. In the professional education sequence, you will interrogate these knowledges in the context of extensive experiences in a variety of schools and communities. Each of the three semesters dedicated to professional preparation include significant hours in the field, and all courses in these professional blocks are field-based in content and assignments. As a result of your participation in the Primary PK-5 program, you will be able to develop and articulate to others your intellectual/scholarly identity toward various ways of knowing, learning, reflecting and acting as pedagogues.

Teaching licensure

Miami's Department of Teacher Education is fully accredited by the Ohio Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. While Miami participates in licensure of teachers through an interstate agreement, if you are planning to teach in another state, you should contact that state's certification office so you can apply for certification or licensure in that state.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

Students declare a pre-major in a Teacher Education program at the time of university admission or as soon as possible. After declaring a pre-major, students must apply for acceptance to a cohort—a group of students selected to experience certain parts of the program together. Selection is limited for each cohort to ensure quality instruction and field-related experiences. Admission to Miami University or to the College of Education, Health, and Society as a pre-major neither implies nor guarantees selection to a cohort.

What courses would I take?

In addition to the program-specific courses—which include courses in Teacher Education; Educational Leadership; Kinesiology and Health; Family Science and Social Work; and Educational Psychology--as a Miami University student you will be required to take classes within the Global Miami Plan for Liberal Education. Through the plan's foundation courses, you'll hone skills such as thinking critically, understanding contexts, reflecting and acting, and engaging with other learners. These courses are in the broad discipline areas of English composition, fine arts, humanities, social science, world cultures, natural science, formal reasoning, and in the social foundations of education. The principles and content of the foundation are the basis for the professional education sequence and the content specialization.

Course Requirements

What can I do with this major?

In addition to licensure for teaching pre-kindergarten through grade 5, graduates of this program may work in a variety of settings involving young people, such as non-profit social service agencies, children’s hospitals, court services for youth, museums, recreational programs, and child care settings.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Teacher Education
401 McGuffey Hall
Oxford, OH 45056