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Elementary Education

Students who major in elementary education can become licensed to teach grades 1-8 and are "highly qualified" to teach grades 1-6, based on federal standards for "No Child Left Behind." All students in the program gain a broad knowledge of subjects in elementary education and then choose an emphasis to study more thoroughly. Students may choose more than one emphasis, but only one is required.

Utah State’s program in elementary education is unique in that students have the opportunity to work with children starting their first year in the program rather than waiting until their junior year, which is typical at other universities. By the time students graduate, they will have spent more than 600 hours in eight different practicum experiences.

The major in elementary education is particularly well suited to students transferring with an associate’s degree because the curriculum is designed so students can easily transition into the program and finish in a timely manner.

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services is ranked 10th in the nation among colleges of education in external research dollars.

Students receive a BS by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.

Emphases (students must choose an emphasis)

  • Art - Take courses in visual arts and art history so you can integrate art into your curriculum as an elementary school teacher.
  • Fine Arts - Study music, theatre, English, and visual arts, preparing to teach these subjects to elementary school children.
  • Foreign Language - Study a specific foreign language that you can use to incorporate language and cultural studies in the classroom.
  • Health/Wellness/Nutrition - Take courses in nutrition and wellness so you can promote a healthy environment and education in your classroom.
  • Language Arts - Take speech, English, and theatre courses that prepare you to teach language arts in elementary schools.
  • Mathematics - Take mathematics courses and learn how to teach math in elementary schools.
  • Music - Prepare to teach elementary school students to appreciate and understand basic concepts in music and music history.
  • Physical Education - Take physical education classes so you can incorporate them into daily activities for children in elementary school.
  • School Library Media - Learn the procedures and technology required to be an elementary school librarian.
  • Science - Take biology and physical science classes and learn how to teach concepts from these areas to children in elementary school.
  • Science/Mathematics - Learn how to teach math and science concepts in elementary schools.
  • Social Studies - Gain a solid knowledge base in all social studies areas as you prepare to teach them to elementary school students.

Differential Tuition

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services may charge differential tuition for this program. Differential tuition is an added cost per credit for courses in the program. See the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for more information.

Students who major in elementary education are qualified to be licensed to teach grades 1-8 and are highly qualified to teach grades 1-6, based on federal standards for “No Child Left Behind.”

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