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Elementary Education

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. Elementary Education teachers work with children in 1st through 6th grades and typically instruct students in all subject areas. Grounded in theory, research and best practices, this program prepares graduates to work in a wide variety of linguistic, socio-economic and cultural contexts. 

What will I study?

The program provides classroom instruction in the areas of child development, curriculum and instruction, classroom management, educational technology, special education, assessment, educational philosophy and psychology, as well as a number of methods courses. These how-to classes instruct majors in how to provide instruction in specific subject areas such as reading and writing, mathematics, language arts, social studies and science.


What are some interesting classes I might take?

  • Development of the Elementary School Child
  • Integrating Technology into the Elementary Classroom
  • Children's Literature in a Multicultural Society
  • Classroom Management

What hands-on learning opportunities are available?

  • The College of Education offers the  Educate program, giving students a classroom immersion experience  locally, in the  U.S., or  globally.
  • Students complete a series of hands-on clinical experiences that concludes with a semester-long student teaching experience in a public elementary school.

What can I do with this degree?

Your degree in Elementary Education provides you with the unique opportunity to make a difference, to help students succeed in school, in their careers, and in their lives.

Elementary Education Occupational Outlook

What's the next step?

If you are eligible to begin your first professional semester in spring 2018, complete the Intent to Enroll form. You must have completed the pre-requisite classes, have a 2.75 cumulative GPA and have the required score on the ACT Plus Writing, SAT or TAP.


Contact advisor Edye Cowan at or 815-753-8357.