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Elementary Education and Middle Grades Education

The College of Education’s Department of Teaching and Learning offers undergraduate teacher preparation programs in elementary education (grades P-5) and middle grades education (grades 4-8).  Teachers can have great impact on the social, personal, and intellectual development of individuals.  Their influence stems from a love of learning; a talent for awakening students to new modes of thinking; an understanding of the human development process; and professional skills.  Teachers can be found in almost every sector of society, and they instruct a wide range of topics.  While specific course requirements vary among disciplines, most teachers will fulfill the academic requirements of a major in a chosen field; be literate in the history, philosophy, psychology, sociology and methodology of education; and have developed initial teaching skills through supervised clinical experiences.  Although certification is required for public school teachers (K 12) in all 50 states, some states offer alternative teacher certification programs to attract otherwise qualified persons into the field.  Aspiring teachers who need certification may also enter programs that grant a master’s degree in education, as well as certification.

General Information
College of Education
GPA Requirement 2.5
Department Website

Elementary Education

Middle Grades Education

Degree(s) Offered Bachelor of Science in Education Major:

  • Elementary Education
  • Middle Grades Education
Possible Employment Settings
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Camps
  • Churches
  • Day Care Centers
  • Libraries
  • Youth Services
  • Non-Profit Agencies
  • Nursery Schools
  • Preschools
  • Private Tutoring Agencies
  • Community Centers
  • State and Federal Government Agencies
  • Textbook Companies
Job Titles
  • Camp Director
  • Curriculum Specialist*
  • Child Life Specialist*
  • Day Care Administrator
  • Educational Administrator*
  • Educational Researcher*
  • Educational Resource Coordinator
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Grant Writer
  • Guidance Counselor*
  • In-Home Daycare
  • Instructor, College/University*
  • Speech Pathologist*
  • Student Personnel Administrator*
  • Student Affairs Administrator*
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Librarian/ Library Consultant
  • Media Center Specialist
  • Early Childhood/Middle School Teacher
  • Paraprofessional
  • Permanent Substitute
  • Preschool Administrator
  • Resource Teacher
  • Sales Representative
  • School Psychologist*
  • Social Services Worker
  • Special Education Administrator
  • Student Admissions Administrator*
  • Teacher, Handicapped Students
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

*Requires further education

Professional and Student Organizations
Salary Information
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Last updated: 2/17/2020