Dec 02, 2023  
2012-2013 Catalog 
2012-2013 Catalog ARCHIVED CATALOG: Content may no longer be accurate.

Elementary Education (BS)

  • Program Prerequisite: Provisional admission to a Teacher Education Program (see the admission requirements described under the Department of Teacher Education ).
  • Minor/Specialization: One subject area specialization (9 or 18 hours) or a teaching minor (16 hours minimum) must be selected.
  • Grade Requirements: Elementary Education majors must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher in all college/university work and at least a “B-” grade in each professional education course to continue in the program. Elementary Education majors must also achieve at least a “C” grade in MATH 2010  and MATH 2020 .
  • Credit Hour Requirements: A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for graduation; a minimum of 46 of these is required within the Elementary Education major. A total of 40 upper division credit hours is required (courses number 3000 and above).

Admission Requirements

Declare a program of study (see Program of Study (Major/Minor) Declaration ). Follow the provisional admission requirements outlined under the Teacher Education department.


All Elementary Education majors should meet with an advisor in the Teacher Education Advisement Center and from the Department of Teacher Education. Call 801-626-6309 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

For Elementary Education majors, there are 4 areas of course work that are required: I. University and General Education Requirements; II. Support Courses; III. Professional Education Courses; and IV. Subject Area Specialization(s). Details for each of these required areas follow.

General Education

I. University and General Education Requirements

Refer to Degree and General Education Requirements  for Bachelor of Science requirments. The following courses required for the Elementary Education major will also satisfy general education requirements: COMM 1020  or COMM 2110  and CHF 1500 .

Meeting the general education science requirements may not meet elementary education science requirements. Following the suggested guidelines below will assure that both University general education and Elementary Education requirements are met.

Students pursuing a BS degree must take 9 credit hours, at least one (1) course from a life science group and at least one (1) course from a physical science group. One of the courses must be PS1350 (Principles of Earth Science), PS1360 (Principles of Physical Science), or LS1370 (Principles of Life Science), or at least one science lab course.

Major Course Requirements for BS Degree resulting in a K-6 License

III. Professional Education Courses Required (48 credit hours)

Admission to teacher education is required prior to enrollment in Professional Education courses.

Additional Information:

The Professional Education component of the Elementary Education major requires four semesters to complete. Therefore, it is very important that candidates have completed the General Education requirements and have taken at least some of the required Support Courses prior to entering the program. Because of possible scheduling difficulties, failure to do so could mean spending an extra semester (or more) in completing the program.

IV. Required Area of Specialization (9 credit hours)

Grades K-6 License

Complete a 9-hour specialization in one of the areas listed below. For further information concerning the courses involved in the areas of specialization, see the Teacher Advisement Center, ED230.

  1. Art
  2. Early Childhood
  3. Educational Computing
  4. English as a Second Language (ESL)
  5. Fine Arts
  6. Foreign Language
  7. General Science
  8. Mathematics
  9. Multicultural Education
  10. Music
  11. Physical Education
  12. Reading/Language Arts
  13. Social Science
  14. Special Education (Mild/Moderate)

To extend license to Grades 1-8

Complete an 18-hour area of specialization in one of the areas listed below, or a teaching minor. (See the Secondary Education  section for teaching minors.) For further information concerning the courses involved in the areas of specialization, see the Teacher Advisement Center, ED230.

  1. English as a Second Language (ESL)
  2. Mathematics


Licensure in Special Education (Mild/Moderate) is also available. See Special Education Licensure Mild/Moderate Endorsement  requirement.