Elementary Certification and Endorsement Options

The basic undergraduate elementary education (K-8) program consists of a four-term program starting in the Fall Semester only. Candidates earn an endorsement in Elementary Education and an additional endorsement in either: Reading, Special Education (SPED), English Language Learners (ELL), or Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education (ECE/ECSPED).

Elementary Professional Education Sequence

MATH 123, PSYC 101, and WRIT 101 must be taken prior to admission to the program with a letter grade of C or better. MATH 124 is recommended to be taken prior to admission and must be completed before the end of Semester II. Candidates are strongly encouraged to complete KINS 322, a life science and a physical science prior to program entrance. These courses, plus MUSI 341, must be completed prior to program completion.

Candidates pursuing a residency teaching certificate and an elementary K-8 endorsement must also complete a second endorsement through the completion of additional coursework, passing the WEST-E or NES, and completing student teaching. All exams (WEST-E or NES, and if pursuing a world language the ACTFL) must be completed prior to student teaching. The number of endorsements that can be pursued in the B.A.E. certification is two, the only exception being the combination of elementary education/early childhood education/early childhood special education.