Bachelor of Science
If you have a passion for helping children learn, KU’s elementary education degree may be an ideal option for you. Elementary education teachers cover core topics including math, social studies, reading, language arts, science, and history. Grade levels for elementary education typically range from kindergarten to eighth grade, depending on the school or school district.
This is a growing field and the demand is strong. The average annual income for an elementary school teacher is $55,490, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects steady growth in employment for these teachers. Earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a minimum requirement to become a teacher, qualifies students for
While an elementary education degree prepares you for classroom teaching, it also can qualify you for other interesting roles such as individual tutoring, preschool director or a school administration position. Communication skills you’ll learn also can prepare you to present material in alternative ways that meet special education student needs.
The graduate programs offered include a Master of Education degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Education degree in reading.
In addition, programs are available that extend certification as a Reading Specialist and in Elementary Education for teachers who have initial certification in other fields. KU also offers two initial certification programs as a Master of Education degree. These include a Master of Education in Pre-K-4 and a Master of Education in grades 4-8.
Sample Career Options
Student Learning Outcomes
All initial teacher certification programs use the ten InTASC standards (required by CAEP accreditation) as their Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). The ten InTASC standards are organized in 4 domains (The Learner and Learning, Content Knowledge, Instructional Practice, and Professional Responsibility).