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Elementary Education: English as a Second Language Emphasis

BA in Education

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Elementary Education with English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement prepares you to teach in multilingual first through eighth grade classrooms. This option may include a concentration in Bilingual Education or ESL and field placement in a dual language, ELL and/or SEI classrooms.   In the first semester you take foundations courses on campus. Then, during semesters two and three, your courses are offered at a local elementary school and include extensive classroom-based field experiences in a dual language, ELL and/or SEI classrooms. Semester four is student teaching in a dual language, ELL and/or SEI classrooms.

Major Details

College: College of Education
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see 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:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: Yes
Available at:
  • Main Campus

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.

Select a year:

UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 English Composition 3
Third Semester Second Language 4
TTE 197a Freshman Success 1
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
Foundation Mathematics 3
ENGL 102 English Composition 3
Fourth Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
MATH 302a Teaching Elem Math 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Academic Concentration 3
Academic Concentration 3
4th Semester
MATH 302b Teaching Elem Math 3
LRC 410 Foundations of Minority Education 3
Academic Concentration 3
TTE 350 Schooling in America 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
5th Semester
LRC 480 Children's Literature 3
TTE 300 Classroom Processes 3
LRC 414 Reading & Writing in BIL/ ESL Settings 3
LRC 428 Curricumum & Instruction in Bil/ Second Language Settings 3
Fine arts course 3
5th Semester Summer
U.S & Arizona Constitution or American National Government 3
Arizona State Government 3
6th Semester
EDP 301 Child Development 3
SERP 301a Inclusive Ed 2
TTE 322 Teaching Language Arts 3
TTE 326 Teaching Math & Technology 3
TTE 327 Teaching Social Science 3
7th Semester
EDP 358 Psych Measurement in Education 3
LRC 416 Structured English Immersion 3
TTE 351 Physical Education Methods 3
TTE 323 Reaching Reading & Decoding 3
TTE 324 Teaching Science & Health 3
8th Semester
TTE 493E Student Teaching 12

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 gained from a major in Elementary Education of classroom processes, subject instruction, child development, and language immersion teaching provides a strong career foundation. Graduates may work as first through eighth grade teachers, administrators, trainers, or curriculum designers. This major is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in education, early childhood development, English, and public health. Some of the job titles listed below require an advanced degree or certificate.

Potential Career Areas

  • Teaching
  • Administration
  • Curriculum design
  • Supervision
  • Program coordination
  • Outreach
  • Private tutoring

Sample Employers

  • Schools
  • Extension offices
  • Head Start sites
  • Learning centers
  • After-school programs
  • Self-employed (tutoring)
  • School supplies and materials producers
  • Children¿s museums

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Elementary School Teacher $34,000 - $51,000
Middle School Teacher $35,000 - $52,000
Education Program Director $49,700 - $107,960
Special Education Teacher $34,700 - $52,300
Extension Agent $22,000 - $68,000
Instructional Coordinator $33,500 - $58,800
Curriculum Specialist $27,830 - $82,690
Textbook Editor $26,000 - $82,000
Instructional Supervisor $27,830 - $82,690
Tutor $18,636 - $31,100
Children¿s Museum Educator $20,000 - $40,000
Elementary School Librarian $31,914 - $79,166