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About Elementary Education at Young Harris College

The Department of Education Elementary Education Program is built on the same liberal arts core as other programs of the College. The major has been created to provide students with opportunities to understand classroom instructional theory, best practices, and leadership skills both in the classroom and field experiences offered by the department.

Elementary Education degree requirements

To graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from YHC, you’ll take 120 hours of coursework.

General Education:

31 hours


33 hours, including two PALS (Physically Active Life Skills) courses

Program courses:

56 hours

Some of our most popular Elementary Education classes include:

EDUC 2220 Exceptional Learners

This course offers an introduction to the education of exceptional students and those with special needs. The intent of this course is to provide beginning educators with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are crucial for constructing learning environments that help all students reach their potential.

EDUC 3018 Classroom Leadership & Organization

This course will acquaint the teacher candidate with relevant classroom community development issues such as care, mutual respect, conflict resolution, motivation, diversity, and developmental assets. Teacher candidates will investigate philosophical orientations that align to various classroom management practices, and apply them to field experiences in order to develop a workable approach to classroom community development for student success.

EDUC 4411 Student Teaching Internship

This course provides the candidate with an extended period for carrying out full-time school site teaching responsibilities in nearby public schools systems under the supervision of an exemplary certified teacher and clinical practice supervisor. The candidate will be required to demonstrate synthesis of appropriate knowledge, skills, and dispositions acquired in coursework to realistic classroom situations and to do so at high levels.

“What a joy it is to come to work every day with such amazing colleagues and students! Young Harris College provides me the opportunity to create genuine connections with my students in order to guide them to cultivate a profound love of learning for their future students.”

Dr. L. Diane Vautrot Associate Professor of Education – Professional Studies