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Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

The Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education qualifies candidates to seek licensure in elementary education (kindergarten through 6th grade). The program of study helps future teachers discover the links between general education courses, professional education curriculum, pedagogical theory, and clinical experience. The nationally ranked Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education program is offered on-campus and online and provides field experiences in diverse environments. Candidates have multiple opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills with measurable outcomes and feedback from university faculty. The Department of Teacher Education also offers scholarships for this program. Please visit the Teacher Education Scholarships website and the Financial Assistance Office's website for a current listing of available scholarships.

In addition to our traditional program, we offer the Para Pathway to licensure specifically for working para-professionals in Elementary Education. Students pursuing the Para Pathway complete an immersive hands-on educational experience while maintaining their employment with their local school district. For more information, please visit our Para Pathway website.

If you live in a different state, you will need to contact your state's Department of Education to determine it's license transfer requirements. Each state has it's own licensure requirements. The programs we offer prepare you for licensure in Kansas. Your education degree from FHSU is valid in any state as long as you become licensed to teach in that particular state. For specific information about your state's licensure requirements please visit the Praxis website.

If you live in a country other than the United States, you will need to check with your country to find out about required educational credentials required for teacher licensure. Our programs require clinical experiences that must be completed at an accredited school in your area. In addition, an entrance exam (CORE or ACT) is required for admission to Teacher Education. You must take this exam at an approved testing center. Please visit the Praxis website for information about CORE testing centers; visit the ACT website for their testing center information.

Program Summary

^General Education Coursework - 55 Credit Hours
Professional Studies & Major Courses (Non-restricted) - 25 Credit Hours
Major Courses (Restricted to program admits) - 14 Credit Hours
Internships and Methods Courses (Restricted to program admits) - 21 Credit Hours
Student Teaching (Restricted to program admits) - 12 Credit Hours


^Candidates who already hold a bachelor's degree and are working to complete an initial licensure program, do not need to meet general education requirements (effective for students who submit an application for admission to Teacher Education on or after March 26, 2015).

"Non-restricted" courses below are open to Teacher Education majors who have not yet been admitted to the Teacher Education program (some prerequisites apply). Admission to Teacher Education is a prerequisite for "Restricted" courses. You're also required to complete General Education courses, and Teacher Education requires you to take specific courses from among the General Education selections. These links outline the General Education courses you'll need to take based on your status: Freshman or Transfer with 44 credit hours or less or Transfer with Associate's or 45 credit hours or more.

* = Must complete course before applying to Teacher Education


  • TEEL 202 Foundations of Education* (3 Credit Hours)
  • TEEL 231 Human Growth & Development* (3 Credit Hours)
  • TESP 302 Educating Exceptional Students (3 Credit Hours)
  • ART 300 Elementary Art Methods (2 Credit Hours)
  • MATH 180 Concepts of Elementary Mathematics (3 Credit Hours)
  • TECS 301 Intro to Instructional Technology* (3 Credit Hours)
  • TEEL 230 Diverse Learners (3 Credit Hours)
  • TEEL 260 Children's Literature* (2 Credit Hours)
  • TEEL 340 Classroom Management (3 Credit Hours)

MAJOR COURSES (Restricted)

  • HHP 415 Health & PE Methods & Curriculum (3 Credit Hours)
  • MUS 366 Elementary School Music (2 Credit Hours)
  • TECS 390 Instructional Tech for Elem Teachers (3 Credit Hours)
  • TEEL 350 Curriculum & Assessment (3 Credit Hours)
  • TEEL 431 Educational Psychology (3 Credit Hours)


  • TEEL 365 Literacy Methods (4 Credit Hours)
  • TEEL 378 Literacy Internship (1 Credit Hour)
  • TEEL 360 Mathematics Methods (3 Credit Hours)
  • TEEL 377 Mathematics Internship (1 Credit Hour)
  • TEEL 363 Social Studies Methods (3 Credit Hours)
  • TEEL 478 Social Studies Internship (1 Credit Hour)
  • TEEL 361 Elementary School Science Methods (3 Credit Hours)
  • TEEL 479 Science Internship (1 Credit Hour)
  • TEEL 481 Literacy Assessment & Intervention (4 Credit Hours)


  • TEEL 496 Student Teaching Elementary (12 Credit Hours)

- All program courses must be completed with a C or better
- Candidate may complete up to two internships per semester
- Here are the application forms in addition to the requirements for admission to Teacher Education and the requirements for admission to Student Teaching.

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