Undergraduate Elementary Education Program

Application Deadline for Fall 2017/Spring 2018 is the first day of classes of the Fall 2017 semester.

Admission Criteria and Procedures

The undergraduate program in Elementary Education, which leads to endorsement to teach grades preK - 6, requires a dual concentration. Students are required to complete a departmental or interdisciplinary concentration in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as a primary concentration. They are also required to complete 35 semester hours in professional education courses in Elementary Education. Complete the online application.  Typically decision letters will be emailed within three weeks of receipt of application.

Program Requirements in the Elementary Education Program (pre K-6):

Program requirements in the undergraduate program in Elementary Education [pdf] include courses in general studies, an Arts and Sciences concentration, and professional studies in Elementary Education that constitute a second major. These categories of courses are delineated on checklists used for advisement of Elementary Education majors. The sequence of Course Requirements below includes all course work necessary to satisfy general studies and professional studies requirements for the Elementary Education (preK-6) program.  Arts and Sciences courses should be selected to meet simultaneously the State's general studies requirements for certification and the the College's General Education Requirements and concentration requirements for the degree.  Additionally students must be able to show verification of a current tubercular examination (TB test) prior to beginning their first semester.

General Education Course Requirements:

Elementary Education students must include course work specified below, as part of, or in addition to, the College's General Education Course Requirements for the baccalaureate degree. You must take at least one three-credit course in each of the following:

  1. Any 200 level or higher English Literature Course
  2. American History or American Government
  3. Geography (either Geology 101, 110 or Government 381 is recommended; any course identified under Geography in the undergraduate catalog is acceptable)

Students seeking licensure in Virginia must complete training in Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting. For students who take and pass EDUC 310, this requirement is met. If a student is exempted from EDUC 310 for any reason, then he or she must contact the Office of Teacher Education & Professional Services in order to complete a training module in these competencies.

Additional policies and procedures that govern students in the teacher preparation programs during their field experiences are included in the Handbook for Practica and Student Teaching Experiences, which is available in the Office of Professional Services. Only 35 credit hours can be applied toward the Elementary Education major, and any additional Education credits will not count toward the 120 credits required for graduation.