Elementary Education, B.S.

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This program has a separate admission process. Please consult the admission requirements for this program on the School of Education page for more information.

Students who wish to become certified in elementary education must have an additional academic content major in an area outside of the School of Education. Students will graduate with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education and a second B.S. or B.A. degree in a major outside of the School of Education.

Overall GPA of 2.7 is required.
120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

45 Credits Required

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program.

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, some departments require that students select specific courses to complement their major. This major has specific Tier requirements/restrictions for the following:

Tier 1 – Quantitative Reasoning:
MAT 106 – Mathematics for Elementary Education II

Tier 2 – American Experience (Select one):
HIS 110 – United States History I
HIS 111 – United States History II

Tier 2 – Mind and Body:
SHE 203 – School Health

Tier 2 – Social Structure, Conflict, and Consensus:
EDU 200 – Teachers, Schools, and Society (‘C’ or better)

Tier 3 – Capstone:  
EDU 415 – Responsive Curriculum and Assessment (‘C’ or better) (formerly EDU 311)

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


44.5 Credits Required
'C' or better required

Select one:

  • SED 225 – Introduction to Exceptionalities (recommended)
  • SED 481 – Teaching Exceptional Students in Elementary Education Classroom

EDU 305 – Beginning Readers
EDU 307 – Children's Literature and Literacy
EDU 316 – Child Development and Psychology for Educators
EDU 317 – Science Education in the Elementary School
EDU 325 – Best Practices in Classroom Management
EDU 330 – Social Studies in Elementary Schools
EDU 407 - Developing Readers
EDU 424 - Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School (Formerly 324)
EDU 414 – Application of Child Development
EDU 475 – Supervised Fieldwork

Select one:

  • EDU 471 – Supporting English Learners for School Success
  • TSL 418 - ESL Methods in Content Instruction

EDU 480 - Student Teaching
EDU 485 – Student Teaching Seminar



3 Credits Required

MAT 105 – Mathematics for Elementary Education I


Remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).