Elementary Education (grades K-8)

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (grades K-8)

The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education is designed for future teachers of Pre-K through eighth grade. Through this program, you will gain the skills to communicate effectively with diverse learners, and to promote the intellectual, physical, emotional, and social development of young minds. You can also tailor the degree to your interests by completing one of the following endorsement areas: Pre-K-K, Reading K-8, English/Language Arts K-8, History K-8, Mathematics K-8, Science Basic K-8, or Social Studies K-8.

Program Outcomes
Graduates from the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education program will be able to:

  • Exhibit evidence of a high level of academic preparedness;
  • Demonstrate skills in sound teaching methodology and instructional strategies;
  • Create a classroom environment where students experience mutual respect and appreciation for diversity;
  • Respect privacy, possess knowledge of mandatory reporting, and exhibit professional behaviors such as promptness, preparedness, adhering to contractual issues, and participating in on-going professional development;
  • Meet the needs of diverse learners in a variety of settings;
  • Utilize a variety of assessment and use assessment data to drive instruction;
  • Acknowledge the important role of reflection in an educator's ability to self-evaluate and modify actions in the learning community, actively seeking input for professional development opportunities;
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of modalities including technological, verbal, nonverbal, and written; and
  • Implement teaching strategies that promote the intellectual, physical, emotional, and social development of learners.

Program Requirements

  • Total Minimum Credits Required: 120 credits
  • General Education Requirements: 55 credits
  • Elementary Education Major Requirements: 44 credits
  • Collateral Course Requirements: 19 credits
  • Electives: 2 credits

          (One Endorsement Area is also required for the state of Iowa.)

Elementary Education Major/Endorsement Requirements (44 credits):
EDU 200 Introduction to Education and Field Experience I (1 credit)
EDU 203 Child and Adolescent Literature (3 credits)
EDU 215 Educational Psychology (3 credits)
EDU 250 Foundations of American Education (2 credits)
EDU 270 Principles of Education and Field Experience II (2 credits)
EDU 301 Language Arts in the Elementary Schools (3 credits)
EDU 303 Reading Methods and Curriculum (3 credits)
EDU 305 Clinical Experience in Reading/Language Arts Methods (1 credit)
EDU 310 Integrating Technology in the Classroom (2 credits)
EDU 311 Social Studies Curriculum and Methods (2 credits)
EDU 313 Elementary Curriculum and Methods of Science (2 credits)
EDU 315 Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School (2 credits)
EDU 317 Clinical Experience in Social Studies/Science/Math Methods (1 credit)
EDU 370 Human Relations Skills for Educators (1 credit)
EDU 450 Student Teaching in the Elementary School (8 credits)
EDU 451 Student Teaching in the Elementary School (7 credits)
EDU 458 Student Teaching Seminar (1 credit)

Additional Endorsement Requirements (19 credits):
MAT 223 Math for Educators (3 credits)
PSY 104 Child & Adolescent Development (3 credits)
ESE 315 Survey of Exceptional Students (3 credits)
ESE 317 Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3 credits)
ESE 325 Behavior Management (3 credits)
EDU 230 Performing & Visual Arts for Elementary Teachers (2 credits)
EDU 235 Health & Physical Education for Elementary Teachers (2 credits)

Students in elementary education must also complete an endorsement area. Endorsements are available in:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) K-12 (18 credits)
  • English/Language Arts K-8 (24 credits)
  • History K-8 (24 credits)
  • Mathematics K-8 (24 credits)
  • Pre-K-K (30 credits)
  • Reading K-8 (27 credits)
  • Science-Basic K-8 (24 credits)
  • Social Studies K-8 (24 credits)

Students who pursue one or more of the previous endorsements are also eligible to complete an endorsement in the following:

  • Instructional Strategist I (Special Education) K-8 (18 credits)
  • Middle School 5-8 (30 credits)
  • Coaching K-12 (7 credits)

The Practitioner Preparation Handbook provides further details on program requirements, including admission requirements for the elementary education major.

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Cohort Retention, Persistence, and Graduation


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