Elementary Education

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Elementary Education

Degree Options

B.S. in Elementary Education, Multidisciplinary

Who Would be Interested in Elementary Education?

This program prepares candidates to teach at the elementary (P-5) level

Individuals who are successful in this field:

  • Enjoy working with children from diverse backgrounds, ages 5-11.
  • Are energetic, caring, and committed to enhancing the overall welfare of the community.
  • Interested in learning and teaching multiple subject areas.
  • May eventually see themselves as instructional leader, school counselors, principals, or other specialists in the teaching profession.

Why Elementary Education?

Degree Benefits

  • EKU prepares highly qualified elementary teachers.
  • You will be ready to teach any subject or multiple subjects in kindergarten through fifth grade.
  • You will have extensive, supervised school-based field experiences every step of the way.
  • Your Kentucky teaching certificate can be easily transferred to most other states (some additional requirements may be needed).
  • Our candidates are likely to pass PRAXIS certification tests.
  • The program is accredited by NCATE.

Learn from the Best

Faculty have K-12 teaching experience.

Faculty are active scholars in state and national organizations such as:

  • Kentucky and International Reading Associations
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • National Council for Teachers of Mathematics
  • National Council for the Social Studies
  • National Science Teachers Association

What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?

  • Students must earn and maintain a 2.75 GPA overall in teacher education and multidisciplinary coursework.
  • Kentucky requires that all teacher education candidates take and pass the PRAXIS I (reading, writing, math) prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program after completing 30 hours (first semester sophomore year).
  • All elementary education majors take MAT 107 (college algebra) or higher.
  • Students must pass a criminal background check.

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

  • Madison County Schools and Model Lab Elementary School
  • Fayette County Schools
  • Laurel County Schools

How Do I Get More Information?

Department of Curriculum & Instruction
www.curriculum.eku.edu
859-622-2154
or
College of Education Teacher Education Services
859-622-1828

Are There Scholarship Opportunities?

Yes! Visit http://tes.eku.edu/recruitment-retention to learn more about scholarship opportunities.