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Elementary Education (BS)


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Curriculum Guide

BS in Elementary Education: Grades 1-5 Curriculum Guide

Program Description

The Teacher-Education Program at the University of Holy Cross seeks to foster stewardship by enabling candidates to become familiar with and to develop a strong commitment to Gospel principles such as serving others in a spirit of compassion, justice, and selflessness. Stewards serve others by giving of themselves with their time, treasures, and talents.

The use of reflection is a means of aiding candidates in articulating their thoughts regarding the attitudes, knowledge, and skills they have acquired in the Teacher-Preparation Program. The development of reflective stewards in the Teacher-Education Program consists of three components: stewards of the heart, stewards of the mind, and stewards of experiential service.

The program content includes educational foundations and instructional design in conjunction with practical and clinical experiences, seminars, internships, and role modeling. Since the program focuses on specific competencies to be mastered, students are evaluated in reference to the predetermined performance standards.

The Teacher-Education Program undergoes continual revision as data are acquired in the field of educational research. On-going evaluations by faculty, students, graduates, and outside agencies are an integral part of the design of the program and are used to improve program efficiency and effectiveness.

The University reserves the right to change any provision, offering, or requirement at any time within the student's period of study.

CAEP Accountability Measures

The Candidate Performance Data is in the process of being updated and a more current data display should be available for public viewing by April 30, 2024

Candidate Performance Data

Click the links below to examine the passage rates on Praxis examinations for the traditional and alternative teacher preparation programs.

Traditional Teacher Preparation Program Within IHE

Alternative Teacher Preparation Program Within IHE

Candidates in Education have demonstrated high levels of content knowledge by earning grade point averages above the 2.7 GPA admissions requirements. The median GPA for 2015-2016 Traditional Completers was 3.29. The median undergraduate GPA for 2015-2016 Alternative Certification Completers before entering the Teacher Preparation Program was a 3.03.

Data regarding completer and employer satisfaction with UHC Education programs can be found in the links below. These documents also include data about program completers securing jobs for which they were prepared.

Annual Reporting Measures for Initial-Licensure Programs

Annual Reporting Measures for Advanced Programs


The University of Holy Cross – Department of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) through 2024. Accreditation is granted at the initial-licensure level; Bachelor of Science - Elementary Education and Certification Only - Secondary and Elementary. This accreditation certifies that the University of Holy Cross adheres to CAEP’s Accreditation Standards – rigorous, nationally recognized standards developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs. Find more information about our accreditation status on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) website.

Official Accreditation Letter
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