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Why Study Elementary Curriculum at Madonna University?

  • Madonna University’s teacher education program is nationally accredited by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) and has received exemplary ratings from the Michigan Department of Education.
  • Faculty members bring a wealth of practical experience into the classroom. All hold doctorate degrees and teacher or administrator certification.
  • Madonna University’s student teachers and graduates have a reputation of being well-prepared both in content-area knowledge and instructional skills.
  • Majors available for Elementary certification include: American Sign Language, Early Childhood Education, General Science, Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Spanish.

As a student in Madonna University's Elementary Education program, you will receive personalized academic advising and mentoring from our faculty and staff. They will guide you through the program and help you to shape your career goals. You can expect rigorous academic work in small class sizes, where students and professors know your name. With 150 hours of clinical field experiences as part of the instruction, you will be well prepared for your capstone student teaching experience. Other great opportunities include: engaging in research with faculty, joining the Society of Future Teachers, the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society, or the Madonna Early Childhood Club, and studying abroad.

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Christen McMillan
Christine (Torrento) Sagert
Melissa ElseyMelissa Elsey

Why did you choose Madonna University?
I chose Madonna for my graduate studies due to the fact that I had attended Madonna for my undergraduate work and was amazingly prepared to enter into the education field. I felt my preparation had been phenomenal and I wanted that again!

What do you think makes the experience and education at Madonna special?
I love the small class sizes and the relationships that I formed with my professors and my classmates. I was able to get to know my professors and they knew me. The people at Madonna were there for me even if it wasn't school related, they became my family.

What have you been doing since graduation, career wise? (graduate school, employer?)
While taking my grad classes I was teaching preschool at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic School. I continued teaching after graduation and at the end of this school year I will be stepping into a new role as Director of Catechesis and Evangelization for both the parish and school.

How has your Madonna degree played a role in your current position?
My degree is in Early Childhood and Elementary Education but I will not be teaching next year. Had I not returned to Madonna for my Masters I would not have been teaching at the school and would not have had this opportunity to move into a new position.

What has been your most rewarding professional or personal experience since graduating?
Having the feeling of succeeding at something that I thought would be too hard for me to do has given me a confidence and an interest in going further. Every day is rewarding. I get to do something I love each day. I have a passion for preschoolers! One of the things that was very rewarding for me was to share this experience with my family especially my two young daughters. For four years they watched me persevere and work towards a dream. I hope that through this I have shown them they can do the same.

Meghan Cushing

Meghan Cushing

Why did you choose Madonna University?
I chose Madonna University for many reasons. First, the class sizes are smaller than other universities, making it possible for the teachers to work one-on-one with you. Second, the education program is phenomenal! Before I enrolled at Madonna, I asked many people who previously attended about the education program. I heard nothing but compliments, and today I would agree with all of those colleagues. Last, the location was an easy commute. This is important because I chose not to board on campus.

What do you think makes the experience and education at Madonna special?
My experience at Madonna University was nothing but uplifting. I created many friendships with people on my career path that I still hold dear to this day. I use many teaching techniques in my own classroom today that I learned from my time at Madonna. I would not be the teacher I am today without my education from Madonna University. I have learned so many valuable ways to inspire children to learn; that is what makes my experience at Madonna so special!

What have you been doing since graduation, career wise? (graduate school, employer?)
I am currently teaching Kindergarten at Divine Child Elementary School. Next school year makes ten years of teaching experience for me- ranging from kindergarten through second grade. I was fortunate to have been hired fresh out of college and I owe that to Madonna University. Thank you, Madonna, for preparing me to be such a successful educator!

What has been your most rewarding professional or personal experience since graduating?
I received both my Bachelor's degree and Master's degree from Madonna University. Without my Madonna education, I would not be as strong and confident in my own classroom. I have learned so many strategies from Madonna educators, as well as my peers, that teaching my students feels like a breeze! Not only has Madonna helped me learn effective teaching techniques, but I have also used my field experiences for guidance. Madonna gave me the opportunity to go out into the teaching world and experience the career first hand. I took in a lot of information and ideas from excellent teachers throughout the education program at Madonna.

What has been your most rewarding professional or personal experience since graduating?
The most rewarding experience in my life has been the birth of my daughter. She is the absolute joy in my life and I strive to be the best teacher for her!

Kristen Drabek

Kristen Drabek

Why did you choose Madonna University?
Madonna University was the first and last university I looked at. I like to think that Madonna University chose me. The campus was beautiful and the staff was so welcoming and friendly. It felt like home right away. I also realized my faith would continue to grow and be practiced if I attended a university that accepted my beliefs. I knew they had an exceptional education program, as well as, a successful softball program. Since I wanted to become an elementary teacher and play softball in college, it was the perfect fit.

What do you think makes the experience and education at Madonna special?
Madonna University is so special because it is such a personal experience. You are not just a number at Madonna. The professors know your name, they care about your life, and they would do anything at any time to help. There are many clubs and activities that will fit your interests and spark your passion to participate or serve. Madonna University is about giving, not getting. That is a great lesson and trait you will leave with at Madonna University.

What have you been doing since graduation, career wise? (graduate school, employer?)
I graduated May 2015, and two months later was offered a Kindergarten teaching position at All Saints Catholic School in Canton, MI for the 2015-16 school year.

How has your Madonna Degree played a role in your current position?
My Madonna degree prepared me for the classroom experience, management, professionalism, curriculum knowledge, and faith-based community. I feel confident in saying that my Madonna University degree not only prepared me for my career, but for my life.

What has been your most rewarding professional or personal experience since graduating?
The most rewarding professional and personal experience since graduation has been working with my first class of 18 Kindergarten students. It has been a blessing to teach and learn from them every single day.

Abby Hull

Abby Hull

Why did you choose Madonna University?
I chose Madonna University initially because of how small it was and because it was close to home. I wanted to attend a university where I felt like I wasn’t just a number. I wanted to make lasting friendships, relationships, and connections and that is exactly what I did while there!

What do you think makes the experience and education at Madonna special?
Madonna experience was very special because of the relationships I had with my professors, advisors, and classmates. Everything was very personal. My professors knew my name, they knew my story, and they knew why I wanted to be a teacher. Because of this they were able to help me as an individual to achieve my goal. Everyone I encountered, from the janitors to the secretaries to the professors, truly took the time to get to know me and help in any way possible. This is what I believe makes Madonna such a unique experience.

What have you been doing since graduation, career wise? (graduate school, employer?)
Since graduating, I started teaching 1st grade at Dove Academy of Detroit. It is such a joy to get to work with the children of Detroit and help prepare them for successful futures.

How has your Madonna degree played a role in your current position?
My degree has played a huge role in my career has a teacher. I felt very prepared for the profession in many ways. I didn't just learn how to write a lesson plan and teach it. I learned how to make a lasting impact on a child's life and how to motivate and inspire children. My professors constantly pushed me to think deeper and try harder. They expected the best from me. This impacted me when I was a student and still resonates with me now as a teacher. I now set those same high expectations for my own students.

What has been your most rewarding professional or personal experience since graduating?
My favorite teaching story actually happened at the very end of my student teaching experience. One of my kindergarten students came up to me and said, "Hey Ms. Hull, remember when you were a student teacher here?" I laughed and said, "I still am a student teacher!" He looked at me with the most serious look on his face and said "No. You're a real teacher now. It was clear to me then that not only had I seen my own transformation as an educator during those 20 weeks of student teaching, but so had my very own students. I will always remember that moment because it was the day I realized I had made the leap from student to graduate.