Elementary Education

Why be a Teacher?

Teaching is a rewarding occupation. As a professional educator, you will shape the future of our society. Teachers have the capacity to impact multiple generations. In order to make a positive impact, we at University of the Ozarks believe future educators should grapple with social issues and some big ideas in education:

  • How do we engage our students through literature, science, mathematics, and technology?
  • What does it mean to understand?
  • How can we use education theory to shape meaningful educational experiences?
  • How can we expand a student’s knowledge of cultures different from their own?

We believe that education is central to a democratic and socially-just society where all members value academic achievement, personal responsibility, social responsibility, and fairness.

Seminar is a chance for students to work together with faculty in a workshop setting to grow professionally.

Family Science Night at Lamar.

Dr. Allison Freed and a group of future educators prepared to work at Lamar elementary school.


President Dunsworth named to APCU board

University of the Ozarks President Richard Dunsworth, J.D., has been elected to the board of directors for the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities (APCU).

University awards 87 degrees to Class of 2017

University of the Ozarks awarded 87 bachelor’s degrees to graduating seniors during its 183rd Commencement ceremony, held May 13, on the campus mall.

Rotaract mission trip embodies University values

One of the core values of University of the Ozarks is “the service of all of creation,” and that driving principle was on full display during a recent mission trip to El Salvador by the student organization Rotaract.

“What must teachers of the people know in order to provide the proper education of the people?  To put another way, what does it mean to be an educated person, who happens to be a teacher, in a democratic regime?”  

Roger Soder