Elementary Education, BS
The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education prepares students to become certified elementary classroom teachers, including developing pedagogy and content knowledge to meet the needs of students in K-6 schools. Our curriculum is designed for students to learn and practice teaching all elementary subject areas and differentiate instruction for all learners.
The degree program also offers a lifelong learning option for students who wish to work with elementary-aged children in educational settings that do not require teacher certification, such as museums, theaters, science centers, zoos and education programs at theme parks.
K-6 Certification Track
The K-6 Certification track is designed for students who plan to become elementary education teachers in school settings that require certification. Students in this track are eligible for certification in Elementary Education (K-6) in the State of Florida upon graduation. They also earn ESOL and Reading Endorsements.
If your career plans include pursuing state-regulated professional licensure or certification in your chosen field, it is important to become educated on the credentialing requirements of the state in which you hope to practice.
The School of Teacher Education offers a professional studies (non-certification) track for students who wish to be an elementary education teacher but have not passed the required exams to be admitted to and graduate in the K-6 Certification track. Students graduating in the track are not eligible for teacher certification from the Florida Department of Education and will not earn ESOL and Reading Endorsements. However, graduates may teach in K-6 schools under temporary certification while working toward professional certification.
Lifelong Learning Track (non-certification)
The Lifelong Learning track prepares students for employment in various informal educational settings where requirements such as content knowledge, an understanding of how children learn, and strong interpersonal and communication skills are needed. This track does not lead to teacher certification.
- Students enrolled in our K-6 Certification track and Professional Studies track complete two student teaching internships at elementary schools located across Central Florida. Students also have opportunities to intern at the Florida Virtual School and UCF’s PedsAcademy at Nemours Children’s Hospital. This pediatric school program aims to keep patients engaged academically during their hospitalization.
- Students may participate in the UCF Reading Clinic for K-6 Students by offering individual or small group reading instruction to elementary-aged students.
- Students have opportunities to engage in additional professional development workshops and participate in an annual student showcase through our KnightED Talks initiative.