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Elementary Education

Most graduates with an Elementary Teaching degree become elementary teachers. This degree provides you with the broad base of knowledge and critical thinking required for successful elementary school teaching.

The University of Northern Colorado has a long history of excellence in teacher education and our graduates are found in classrooms across the world. 

If you choose a career other than teaching, you will also graduate with highly employable skills in the areas of verbal and written communication, interpersonal relations, teamwork, problem-solving and leadership, preparing you for a broad range of careers.

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Learn Through Experience

Learn to teach in the elementary schools through a rich field-based elementary education at the University of Northern Colorado. Our faculty members model and provide experience and research-based strategies for helping all students learn. Rich in field experiences from the introductory courses through student teaching, the program provides high-quality classroom instruction and time to develop necessary skills with actual time spent in the classrooms.

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at UNC prepares you to teach children in grades kindergarten through six. The program is designed to provide strong preparation in the academic content areas of English, mathematics, science, social studies and the arts.

The field-based learning experiences enable you to develop the skills and proficiencies required to effectively meet the educational needs of K-6th grade children and to succeed in a performance-based, behaviorally-oriented, supportive learning environment in the elementary grades. Field experiences are available in urban, suburban, and rural schools. In education coursework and field experiences, you will learn the foundation of professionalism and reflection, human development and diversity, integration of teaching experiences and assessment, technology, content and related pedagogical content knowledge, and professional collaboration.

Program Requirements

The Elementary Education major requires academic good standing. Admission to Elementary Education Block Classes and Student Teaching in the PTEP program require a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Completing the Program

Elementary education teacher candidates must establish a minimum of a 3.0 GPA prior to Student Teaching.