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Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Elementary Education.  The mission of our department is to prepare elementary, reading and birth – kindergarten teachers for today’s schools. We offer B.S. degrees in elementary education, and birth – kindergarten (both teaching and non-teaching); licensure-only programs in reading, elementary education and birth-kindergarten; and Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Elementary and Reading. The B. S. degrees require from 122 – 128 hours of course work.  The M.Ed. programs require from 36-39 hours of graduate work. Our licensure-only hours are determined once a student’s transcript has been reviewed.  You will find our program sheets in this site along with a list of frequently asked questions.

The faculty members in the department have great credentials and a wealth of experiences which are used to prepare highly qualified licensed teachers for our nation’s schools. They are involved in teaching, writing grants, doing research and providing service and professional development to public schools. Their vitas are also included.

We house several student organizations to include the B-K Club, the Elementary Education Club, the Benjamin Banneker Association, Future Educators of America and the AIDS (Association for Individuals with Disabilities) Club. There is a Reading Clinic (contact Dr. Manarino-Leggett) and a Mathematics Clinic (contact Dr .Earl Hill) which are designed for graduate students to develop innovative teaching strategies and provide one to one tutoring to public school students.

We hope that you will enjoy reviewing our links and become acquainted with some of our programs and services.  Once you have visited all of our links and you have further questions concerning our programs please contact me at

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