Elementary school teachers play a pivotal role in society by helping to shape and educate youth. The Elementary Education program prepares students for a career teaching students in grades Kindergarten through six. Courses develop students' skills in lesson planning, teaching, classroom management, technology use, and other areas necessary for effective teaching. Students complete practicum experiences in local public schools where they receive hands-on training working with primary school children. There are over 1.5 million primary school educators in the United States, and employment is projected to grow at an average rate of 7% from 2016-2026, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.