About this program
You will benefit from the knowledge of our faculty, the cutting-edge curriculum, and over 1200 hours of classroom experience during the program. Graduates will feel prepared to enter the licensure program after completing the foundational coursework and teaching experiences.
As an Elementary Education Foundations major, you will complete three separate practicum experiences during your undergraduate program: Elementary Teaching, Reading Foundations, and Special Education Foundations. You will gain practical skills through these hands-on experiences, including creating and teaching your own lesson plans, working in classrooms with students on Individual Education Plans (IEPs), and mentoring elementary learners in literacy skill development. Each of these experiences is directly linked to University coursework and takes place within Twin Cities elementary schools that are part of our CEHD partnership network.
View the core curriculum and program requirements in the undergraduate course catalog.
Related undergraduate minors
Earning a minor can help launch you into the area you wish to pursue. Consider the following related minors that complement the BS in Early Education Foundations coursework:
After you graduate with your BS in elementary education foundations, you can apply to earn your MEd and Teaching License in Elementary Education which can be completed in one academic year of full-time study. You will have completed all the required prerequisites and be immediately eligible to enter the licensure program and will be able to teach in your own classroom within a year of graduation.
Earning your MEd offers the following advantages:
- Teachers with a master's degree are regarded as experts in their field, making you a more competitive job candidate with an MEd
- Teachers who have a master's degree will see a roughly $7,000 annual salary increase [teacher.org]
- Teachers with advanced degrees can be promoted to school administration positions and can become mentors to other teachers based upon specific graduate training.