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Elementary Education

Elementary education is a career in which you can find the satisfaction of helping children learn; you can work closely with other caring adults; you can become a leader in your field; you can be challenged by organizing information and communicating it to others; and you can contribute to the future of the world by educating tomorrow's leaders.

This program is also available online.
Learn more on the K-State Global Campus website.

Program Requirements – Spring 2019:

Students who enter the College of Education in Spring 2019 or later will automatically be placed in this degree program. Students who entered the College of Education in Fall 2018 or earlier, in consultation with their academic advisor, may choose to change to the new program if it is beneficial for them. Once a student has moved to the new program, they will not be allowed to switch back to the old program.

Bachelor of Science in Education

Minimum of 120 hours required
Licensure grades K-6

Requirements for the approved program are described in the following sections:
General Education
Professional Studies – Teacher Education
Content Studies – Areas of Concentration
Professional Development Hours
K-State 8 General Education

Candidate Preparation

Each candidate preparing to seek teacher licensure in K through 6 will concentrate studies in three areas:

General Education

Courses in the humanities; social and behavioral sciences; mathematics; and biological, physical, and earth sciences will expand your world. A sound general education is especially important for elementary teachers who are called upon to teach every subject to children. The College of Education requires the following general education hours of all students completing the Bachelor of Science in Education degree at K-State. Any questions should be directed to an advisor in the Center for Student and Professional Services (13 Bluemont Hall, 532-5524).

Communications — minimum 8 credit hours
A minimum grade of C is required in all communications courses.

  • ENGL 100 – Expository Writing I (3)
  • ENGL 200 – Expository Writing II (3)
    (Pre-Requisite is sophomore standing)
  • COMM 105 or 106 – Public Speaking (2-3)

Humanities — 9 credit hours required

  • ENGL 355 – Literature for Children (3)
  • EDEL 270 – Art for Elementary Schools (3)
  • MUSIC 405 – Music for Elementary Teachers (3) (Junior standing)

Social Science — 12 credit hours required

  • Human Development (3) Choose from:
    • HDFS 110 – Introduction to Human Development (3)
      OR
    • PSYCH 110 General Psychology (3)
      OR
    • PSYCH 280 Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence (3)
  • Choose three of the following four:
    • History (3) – Choose from:
      • HIST 251 – History of US to 1877
        OR
      • HIST 252 – History of US since 1877
    • Geography (3) – Choose from:
      • GEOG 100 – World Regional Geography
        OR
      • GEOG 200 – Human Geography
    • Political Science (3) – Three hours from the Department of Political Science
    • Economics (3) – Three hours from the Department of Economics

Natural Science— 11 credit hours required
Select one course for each of three areas. Two of these areas must include a laboratory.

  • Biological Science
  • Physical Science
  • Earth Science

Quantitative Science — 9 credit hours required
The following three courses are required:

  • MATH 100 – College Algebra or higher level math course* (3)
  • MATH 160 – Intro. Contemporary Math* (3)
    OR
    STAT 325 or higher level statistics course* (3)
  • MATH 320 – Math for Elementary School Teachers I (3)

*Grade C or better required.


Professional Studies – Teacher Education

The professional portion of your program will include courses in educational psychology, foundations of education, instructional media, and the methods of teaching the many different subjects covered in elementary schools. Along with college classwork, you will observe and assist in the elementary schools, teach lessons you have planned, and discuss your experiences with other educators

A grade of C or higher is required in all Teacher Education courses and practica. A 3.0 or higher grade point average in Teacher Education courses and practica is needed before the Professional Semester.

The Teaching Internship (student teaching) takes place near the end of the program. With guidance and support from a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor, you will gradually assume responsibility for planning and teaching in an elementary school for a full semester or more.

Pre-Professional Component – 10 credit hours

  • DED 075 – Orientation to Teacher Education at KSU (0)
  • EDCI 200 – Teaching as a Career (1)
    (Co-Requisite with EDCI 230 and sophomore standing)
  • EDCI 230 – Early Field Experience (1)
    (Co-Requisite with EDCI 200 and sophomore standing)
  • EDEL 250 – Health and Movement Education in Elementary Classrooms (2)
  • EDCI 310 – Foundations of Education (3)
    (Must be taken with or after EDCI 200)
  • EDCI 400 – New Literacies in Contemporary Classrooms (3)

Professional Component – 46 credit hours
Admission to Teacher Education is required. Students receiving a grade of less than a C in a Block A course will not be permitted to proceed to Block B until a grade of C or higher is recorded (i.e., must retake the Block A course first). Students receiving a grade of less than C in a Block B course or practicum will not be permitted to proceed to Block C until a grade of C or higher is recorded. Students receiving a grade of less than C in a Block C course will not be permitted to proceed to the professional semester until a grade of C or higher is recorded.

Block A – 10 credit hours
Must be taken concurrently and prior to Block B.

  • EDCI 318 – Educational Technology for Teaching and Learning (1)
  • EDCEP 315 – Educational Psychology (3)
  • EDCI 320 – Core Teaching Skills and Lab (3)
  • EDSP 324 – Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom (3)

Block B – 12 credit hours
Must be taken concurrently and prior to Block C.

  • EDEL 410 – Block B Practicum: K-6 (2)
  • EDEL 411 – Teaching Literacy: K-2 (3)
  • EDEL 412 – Teaching Science: K-6 (3)
  • EDEL 413 – Classroom Assessment: K-6 (1)
  • EDEL 414 – Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners (3)

Block C – 12 credit hours
Must be taken concurrently and prior to the Professional Semester.

  • EDEL 460 – Block C Practicum: K-6 (2)
  • EDEL 461 – Teaching Literacy: Grades 3-6 (3)
  • EDEL 462 – Teaching Social Studies: K-6 (3)
  • EDEL 463 – Teaching Mathematics: K-6 (3)
  • EDEL 464 – Classroom Management and Discipline: K-6 (1)

Professional Semester – 12 credit hours
A 3.0 or higher grade point average in Teacher Education courses and practica is needed before the Professional Semester.

  • EDEL 585 – Teaching Internship in Elementary Schools (12)

Content Studies – Areas of Concentration

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Education requires the completion of an area of concentration of 15 hours in addition to hours completed in the general education component of the degree. An area of concentration is a group of courses with related content, which will enhance teaching in the elementary classroom. The area of concentration consists of a minimum of 15 semester hours. All courses must earn a letter grade. (Credit earned for AP, CLEP, or test out can be accepted.)

Area of Concentration Curriculum Guides:


Professional and Educational Service Hours

There are two areas in this professional development component of your teacher preparation:

  • Professional growth/service to the profession
  • Educational service to youth and families or caregivers

Forty hours of service are required. Please see Professional Development Hours for more information and documentation forms.


K-State 8 General Education

Kansas State University requires all graduates to meet the K-State 8 General Education requirements as part of their program. The K-State 8 encourages students to explore coursework from 8 different perspectives. The College of Education curriculum meets all 8 requirements in our General Education, Teacher Education, and Area of Concentration coursework. More information is found at the K-State 8 website.

If you are interested in pursuing an 
Elementary Education degree,
please contact:

Center for Student Success and Professional Services
785-532-5524
csps@k-state.edu