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Elementary Education

UA South's small campus atmosphere offers students the advantage of individualized instruction and support while also providing access to the resources of one of the top-ranked research universities in the nation.

The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education is dedicated to those who wish to teach grades K-8. Students are placed in teaching experiences in schools starting in their very first semester in the program giving them the opportunity to test theory, receive guidance, and develop competencies under the supervision of professional teachers in the field. The program is culminated with a full semester student teaching experience and capstone to prepare students for immediate employment. Students are eligible to receive AZ state teaching certification.

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Elementary Education is offered in the following locations: Sierra Vista, Pima County, Douglas, Santa Cruz County

The Elementary Education program is designed for students transferring approximately 60 units from a regionally accredited institution. The program requires additional materials during the application process. The minimum entrance requirements include:

  • A minimum 2.5 GPA
  • 30 hours of documented experience working with school-age children
  • Two recommendation letters
  • Completion of the prerequisite courses as evaluated by a UA South academic advisor (see requirements tab for more information)
  • AZ Fingerprint Clearance Card (IVP version only)

Please contact us if you have any questions about the transferability of your credits, you admissibility to the program, or the application process. For full application instructions, please visit

UA South maintains a variety of tools to help you plan your education. We include them here for your reference. To make a personalized plan for your UA South education, contact us!

UA Degree Search provides an overview of the Elementary Education major, four year plans, transfer pathways, and career opportunities.

Transfer Pathway Agreements guide students who are earning specific community college degrees. AZ Transfer Pathways allow students to complete an Associates of Applied Science degree at any Arizona community college and transfer seamlessly into the Bachelor of Applied Science degree at The University of Arizona South. Specifically, UA South has partnership agreements with Arizona Western College, Central Arizona College, Cochise College, Eastern Arizona College, the Maricopa Community College District, and Pima Community College. Students can also transfer from other institutions and should contact an academic advisor to find out how!

All prospective students are encouraged to speak with an academic advisor for an unofficial evaluation of their transfer credit, including military credits, to ensure the timely and cost efficient progress towards their Bachelor's degree.

Academic Advisement Reports are the official degree audits for UA students once they have been admitted into their chosen major. The Elementary Education report contains lists of applicable classes to be used to satisfy graduation requirements. Current UA students can access their personalized Advisement Report in UAccess Student Center under the Academics menu.

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Elementary Education Program Data

Courses are based in theory with a strong focus on professional application. Courses in the major include:

Junior Year Academic Courses

  • TEDV 311: Literacy in Elementary School
  • TEDV 322: Creative Arts in Context
  • TEDV 324: Teaching Exceptional Children
  • TEDV 326: Learning and Development
  • LCEV 408: Methods of Teaching English to English Learners
  • TEDV 411: Technology for Educators
  • TEDV 420: Classroom Management and Instruction
  • TEDV 430: Assessment in Education

*Note, courses do not need to be taken in numerical order

Junior Year Clinical Practice Courses

  • TEDV 394B (grades K-3): School placement for one ½ day per week
  • TEDV 394C (grades 4-8): School placement for one ½ day per week

Senior Year Academic Courses

  • TEDV 330: Reading Instruction and Assessment
  • TEDV 331: Language Arts Instruction and Assessment
  • TEDV 332: Mathematics Instruction and Assessment
  • TEDV 333: Science Instruction and Assessment
  • TEDV 334: Social Studies Instruction and Assessment
  • TEDV 498: Senior Capstone in Education

Senior Year Clinical Practice Courses

  • TEDV 494A: School placement for one full day per week
  • TEDV 494D: Full time student teaching
Please contact an Academic Advisor if you are interested in this program.
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Associate Professor, Teacher Education
Assistant Professor, Teacher Education | Program Director, Latin American Studies & Spanish
Assistant Professor, Teacher Education | Program Director, Elementary Education & Early Childhood Education
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Minor Offered: No
Program Type: Bachelor of Science
Program Career Level: Undergraduate Degree
Locations Offered: Sierra Vista, Pima County, Douglas, Santa Cruz County

Laurie Seder, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Teacher Education | Program Director, Elementary Education & Early Childhood Education
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