Elementary Education

Bachelor of Arts

A degree in Elementary Education offers you the chance to mentor children in grades K–6 and help shape the rest of their lives. Its core tenets are subject knowledge; methodology; a belief that diversity—in all its forms—is a strength; leadership development; professional self-reflection; caring; and technological proficiency.

Did You Know?

  • Over the next ten years, more than two million new teachers will be needed to meet rising enrollment demands and to replace retiring teachers.


Sample courses for students studying Economics include:

  • Assessment for Positive Student Outcomes
  • Integrating the Arts and Movement into the Elementary Curriculum
  • School Leadership
  • History of Western Education

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Practical Experience & Skills

The Elementary Education major offers two unique pathways: a professional licensure pathway that includes a full-semester student teaching internship and a non-licensure pathway where students substitute fewer elective courses in lieu of the student teaching internship.

Students in this program will develop the following skills:

  • Patience
  • Organizational skills
  • Ability to think on your feet
  • Motivational skills
  • Comfortable in a group setting
  • Public speaking skills
  • Supervising and directing
  • Creativity
  • Evaluating and interpreting the work of students

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Clubs & Organizations

Elementary Education students participate in the following clubs and organizations:

  • Best Buddies
  • Project Launch
  • STEM Academy
  • Freedom School
  • Discovering Education Through Student Knowledge
  • Center for Learning, Access and Student Success

Career Outcomes

Careers that often interest Elementary Education majors include:

  • Academic Teacher
  • Athletic Coach
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Educational Materials Coordinator
  • Executive Trainer
  • Grant Writer
  • Principal
  • Professor
  • Religious Education Coordinator
  • School Administrator
  • School Counselor
  • School Media Specialist

Recent graduates are teaching in more than 25 states and six foreign countries.

Related Programs

Those who are interested in Elementary Education also consider the following programs:


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