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Elementary Education

Bachelor of Science

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The Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education is for students seeking employment opportunities as grades 1-8 certified classroom teachers. The degree serves transfer students who have taken education related classes at their previous institution and are looking to continue towards certification. Topics covered in the first two semesters are devoted to developing a teaching foundation, the third semester to teaching methods, and in your final semester students will put their learned concepts into practice during a 12-week student teaching internship. Students may begin taking classes in fall, spring or summer sessions.

Major Details

College: University of Arizona South
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see the UA Southwebsite for more information.

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • UA Douglas
  • UA Santa Cruz
  • UA Sierra Vista
  • UA Tech Park

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 105 Mathematics in Society 3
ENGL 101 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
First Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 3
POL 210: AGEC Social Science (Constitution) 3
Tier I General Education 4
Tier I General Education 4
Second Semester Second Language 4
3rd Semester
MATV 302A Understanding Elementary Math I 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Elementary Ed Science 3
Tier II General Education 3
4th Semester
TEDV 300 Introduction to Education 3
TEDV 302 Introduction to Special Education 3
LCEV 404 Cultural Diversity in Education 3
MATV 302B Understanding Elementary Math II 3
Elementary Ed Science 4
5th Semester
LCEV 408 Teaching English to English Language Learners 3
TEDV 311 Literacy in Elementary School 3
TEDV 326 Learning and Development 3
TEDV 411 Computer Applications in the Classroom 3
TEDV 394B Field Studies I L-3rd grade 1
TEDV 322 Creative Arts in Context 3
6th Semester
TEDV 324 Teaching Exceptional Children 3
TEDV 430 Assessment in Education 3
TEDV 420 Classroom Management and Instruction 3
394C Field Studies II 4th-8th grade 1
LCEV 416 Sheltered English Immersion 3
7th Semester
TEDV 330 Reading Instruction and Assessment 3
TEDV 331 Language Arts Instruction and Assessment 3
TEDV 332 Math Instruction and Assessment 3
TEDV 333 Science Instruction and Assessment 3
TEDV 334 Social Studies Instruction and Assessment 3
TEDV 494A Field Studies 1
8th Semester
TEDV 493D Student Teaching in Elementary School 12
TEDV 498 Senior Capstone 2

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of instruction methods, classroom management, literacy, learning and development, teaching of exceptional children, technology for educators, instruction and assessment (in mathematics, science, reading, language arts, and social studies), and field studies, gained from a major in Elementary Education, provides graduates a solid career foundation. Graduates are well prepared to work in 1-8 teaching, outreach, consulting, and planning. Some of the job titles listed below may require an advanced degree or certificate.         

Potential Career Areas

  • Teaching
  • After-school program and coordination
  • Youth, parent, and community outreach
  • Literacy development
  • Learning support and enhancement
  • Training and coaching
  • Editorial/Media
  • Social work
  • Consulting and advising
  • Evaluation and planning
  • Research

Sample Employers

  • Public, private, and charter schools
  • Public and social service agencies
  • Governmental agencies
  • Nonprofit and for-profit educational organizations
  • Educational publishers
  • Teaching supply companies
  • Research institutes

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Elementary School Teacher $32,450 - $50,120
Middle School Teacher $36,740 - $53,430
Private School Teacher, Elementary and Secondary $32,450 - $50,120
Education Administrator, Elementary and Secondary $59,010 - $51,000
Distance Learning Coordinator $34,370 - $60,050
Nonprofit Organization Youth Organizer $18,000 - $40,000
Education Researcher $20,000 - $60,000
After School Program Director $27,930 - $68,410
Executive Director, Nonprofit Organization $40,000 - $150,000
Nonprofit Organization Program Assistant $24,000 - $34,000
Training Specialist $32,190 - $56,850
Publication Assistant, Nonprofit Organization $22,000 - $37,000
Early Childhood Program Director $22,000 - $69,000
Grant Coordinator and Writer $48,814 - $83,000
Child Care Service Director/Owner $27,930 - $68,410
AmeriCorps Member, earns: monthly allowance & education award $0 - $0
Educator, Teach for America $24,000 - $51,000
Instructional Technology Specialist $28,000 - $83,000
Peace Corps Volunteer, earns: stipend & loan forgiveness $0 - $0