Feb 19, 2020  
2018-2019 General Catalog 

Elementary Education (B.A., B.S.)

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Program Information

  • Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisor before making coursework selections. 
  • If a student graduates with an Elementary Education major and then returns to college to pursue an optional endorsement, concentration, or specialization, the student may not be eligible for federal financial aid.

Program Prerequisites

The Department of Teacher Education and Family Development strongly recommends that students complete the following courses as part of their General Education  requirements, as they are prerequisites for required major courses. Students who do not complete these courses as part of General Education can potentially add additional credits and time to their degree.

* Note: Students who are not prepared for this math course may need additional math credits/preparation. Please consult your Student Success Advisor for more information.

The following courses are not required but are highly recommended:

General Education Requirement (31-36 Credits)

See General Education  for course options.

  • Core Course Requirements 12-13 Credits
  • Knowledge Area Requirements 19-23 Credits

Experiential Education University Requirement - EDGE Program (3 Credits)

NOTE: As of 7/12/2019, students pursuing this bachelor’s degree are no longer required to complete the EDGE courses for graduation.

See Experiential Education  for more information.

Bachelor’s Degree Type: Arts or Science Requirement (12* or 16** Credits)

Select one degree type from either Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science:

Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree Requirement (12 Credits*)

  • Bachelor of Science Degree - Math or Science minimum requirement 12 Credits

* Note: Most or all of the B.S. requirements may be met by fulfilling the General Education  Core and Knowledge Areas. Because of this, these credits are typically not counted in the degree total at the bottom of page. Transfer students not majoring in a math or science field may need additional math/science courses to reach the minimum 12 credits. Consult your Student Success Advisor for details.


Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree Requirement (16 Credits**)

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree - Foreign Language Requirement 16 Credits

** Note: One semester of a foreign language may also fulfill the General Education  Humanities requirement. The 16 credits may be fulfilled by taking four semesters of a foreign language or by testing out of a language and purchasing the credits. These credits are typically counted in the degree total at the bottom of the page. Consult your Student Success Advisor for details. 

Elementary Education Curriculum Summary (72-79 Credits)

Core Requirements (30-37 Credits)

Courses should be taken in this order whenever possible to complete the program in a timely manner:

Courses Requiring Admission to the Teacher Education Program (15 Credits)

Teacher Candidates must be admitted to the Initial Teacher Education Program to take the following required courses. (See Admission Procedures .)

Elementary Education Block (15 Credits)

Students must be admitted to the College of Education and Human Development Professional Teacher Education Program, have taken all required elementary education courses, and have passed the PRAXIS Elementary Education Content Knowledge. Students must apply for the Block Program one (1) semester prior to admission to Block courses.

Student Teaching (12 Credits)

Optional Endorsement Areas

Students may select an optional endorsement from the following:

Free Electives (0-13 Credits)

Total elective credit is determined by General Education courses taken, degree type selected, additional credits earned, and any additional math or other prerequisite courses needed. For a bachelor’s degree, students must earn a minimum of 40 upper-division credits (courses numbered 3000-4999). Students may need to select additional upper-division courses not included in their major requirements in order to reach this minimum.

For Elementary Education majors with available elective credit, it is highly recommended that students choose their electives as an endorsement, concentration, or specialization to make them more marketable. Please consult your Student Success Advisor for details.

Total Credits, B.A./B.S. Degree: 120-134

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