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Elementary Education (K-6)

Students who major in elementary education (K-6) become licensed to teach grades K-6. This degree option was created in response to a high demand for more qualified kindergarten teachers throughout the state, and it provides a more streamlined process for students to become qualified to teach a wider range of grades.

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 Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services is ranked 5th 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 (an emphasis is not required)

  • Art - Prepare to teach art in elementary schools as you broaden your career options by becoming licensed to teach in elementary schools, including kindergarten.
  • Fine Arts - Study music, theatre, English, and visual arts while broadening your career options in a program that leads to licensure in elementary education, including kindergarten.
  • Foreign Language - Prepare to teach grades K-6 while studying a specific foreign language that you can use to incorporate language and cultural studies in the classroom.
  • Health/Wellness/Nutrition - Prepare to teach grades K-6 while learning about 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, including kindergarten.
  • Mathematics - Broaden your career options by preparing to teach math to in elementary schools, including kindergarten.
  • Music - Become an elementary school teacher who is also qualified to teach kindergarten, and focus on teaching basic concepts in music and music history.
  • Physical Education - Take physical education classes so you can incorporate them into activities for children in grades K-6.
  • School Library Media - Learn the procedures and technology required to be a school librarian while becoming a qualified elementary school teacher.
  • Science - Take biology and physical science classes and learn how to teach concepts from these areas to children in grades K-6.
  • Science/Mathematics - Prepare to teach grades K-6 while learning how to teach math and science concepts.
  • Social Studies - Gain a solid knowledge base in all social studies areas as you prepare to teach grades K-6.

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 K-8 and highly qualified to teach K-6, based on federal standards for “No Child Left Behind.”

Career Services provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.

Select degrees and programs are not available at all Utah State University locations. Please contact a regional campus advisor to verify program availability.

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