Elementary Education

Major Description

Elementary school teachers teach academic, social, and motor skills to students in public and private schools from grades one though six. They develop teaching outlines and lesson plans, give lectures, facilitate discussions and activities, keep class attendance records, assign homework, and evaluate student progress. They counsel students when adjustment and academic problems arise, and discuss pupils' academic and behavioral attitudes and achievements with parents.


Courses That Introduce the Major:
  • EPS 201—Foundation of Education
  • EDUC 202—Social Justice, School & Society
  • EPSY 201—Educational Psychology

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

This program prepares teachers for grades one through six. 

  • Analyzing
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Decision Making
  • Directing
  • Evaluating
  • Explaining
  • Instructing and Training
  • Interpreting
  • Organizing and Coordinating
  • Planning
  • Research
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Education Management
  • Educational Therapist
  • Elementary Teacher
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Physical Education Instructor
  • Resource Teacher
  • Secondary School Teacher

Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree.

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:
  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • Epsilon Delta Professional Teaching Organization: informs and involves future teachers in the changing field of education.
    • Student Education Association: provides pre-professional educational development for future teachers.
    • The Minority Association of Future Educators (MAFE): Mission is to provide a support network for underrepresented students seeking to become professional educators. 
Further Information:

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Elementary Education.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Education.  These organizations include American Association of School AdministratorsNational Education Association, and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.