1. K-State home
  2. »College of Education
  3. »Academic Programs
  4. »Undergraduate Programs
  5. »Elementary Education

College of Education

Elementary Education

Photo of a K-State student teacher working with an elementary school studentElementary 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.


Candidate Preparation

Elementary education prepares you to work with children in kindergarten
through sixth grade. Your studies will include three areas:

  1. 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.
  2. Area 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 testout can be accepted.)

    Area of Concentration Curriculum Guides:

  3. Professional Education
    The professional portion of your program will include courses in educational psychology, foundations of education, children's literature, 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.

Elementary Education Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Education

Minimum of 125 hours required
Licensure grades K-6

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


General Education Requirements

Courses in communications, humanities, social sciences, quantitative sciences (mathematics) and natural sciences provide a broad content background. 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, 106, or 109 – Public Speaking (2-3)

Humanities — 12 credit hours required

  • Literature (3) – Any Department of English literature course
    (except ENGL 355 or 545) or any Department of Modern Languages literature course)
  • ENGL 355 – Literature for Children (3)
    (Pre-Requisite is sophomore standing and successful completion of one literature course)
  • EDEL 270 – Art for Elementary Schools (3)
  • MUSIC 405 – Music for Elementary Teachers (3) (Junior standing)

Social Science — 12 credit hours required

  • 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) – Choose from:
    • POLSC 110 – Intro to Political Science
      OR
    • POLSC 115 – US Politics
  • Economics (3) – Three hours from the Department of Economics

Natural Science— 12 credit hours required
Select one course for each of the three areas. Each of these areas must include a laboratory. Recommended:

  • Biological:
    BIOL 198 – Principles of Biology (4)
  • Physical:
    PHYS 106 – Concepts of Physics (4)
    OR 
    CHM 110 – General Chemistry (3) AND CHM 111 – General Chemistry Lab (1)
  • Earth Science:
    GEOL 100 – Earth in Action (3) AND GEOL 103 – Geology Lab (1)
    OR 
    GEOG 221 – Introduction to Physical Geography (4)

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.


Teacher Education Courses

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)
  • HDFS 110 – Introduction to Human Development (3)
    (Pre-Requisite to EDCEP 315.)
  • EDEL 200 – Teaching as a Career (1)
    (Co-Requisite with EDEL 230 and sophomore standing)
  • EDEL 230 – Early Field Experience (1)
    (Co-Requisite with EDEL 200 and sophomore standing)
  • EDEL 250 – Health and Movement Education in Elementary Classrooms (2)
  • EDEL 310 – Foundations of Education (3)
    (Must be taken with or after EDEL 200)

Professional Component – 47 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.

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

Block B – 11 credit hours
Must be taken concurrently and prior to Block C.

  • EDEL 410 – Block B Practicum: K-6 (1)
  • 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 – 11 credit hours)
Must be taken concurrently and prior to the Professional Semester.

  • EDEL 460 – Block C Practicum: K-6 (1)
  • 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 – 15 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 (Variable)

Areas of Concentration

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Education requires the completion of an area of concentration (15 hours) in addition to the general education requirement 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.)

Following is a list of the available areas of concentration (see above for Curriculum Guides):

  • English
  • English as a Second Language
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Special Education

Professional and Educational Service Hours

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

  • Professional growth/service to the profession and
  • 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