Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education 

The Elementary Education program meets the needs of today’s children building on the common core of knowledge, performance, and dispositions needed for professional educators in elementary education. This program is designed for those individuals preparing to teach in grades K-6.

There are three stages in the Bachelor of Science Elementary Education Degree program. Teacher candidates begin the first stage by taking general education requirements and are introduced to basic concepts, theory and practices.

During the second stage teacher candidates complete general education requirements and take courses specifically designed to prepare them for the profession. Admission requires minimum scores as determined by the Arkansas State Board of Education on the Core Academic Skills Test; a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70 on all college work attempted with no grade below “C” (including work from other colleges and universities); and beginning the development of a portfolio which must include a philosophy and documented evidence of observations of children.

During the third stage of the elementary program, teacher candidates are placed in an appropriate environment for their internship. Admission to this stage requires a minimum grade point average of 2.70 with no grade below “C” in all courses and a satisfactory score on the licensure exam as established by the Arkansas Department of Education. Teacher candidates should make application for admission to the internship for the spring semester by October 1, or the fall semester by March 1.

See the College of Education page for additional requirements.


The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program.

1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".