Elementary Education

Degree Overview

The Elementary Education program is for those who want to be certified to teach in grade 1-6. This degree program is field-based, meaning that students are prepared by working in urban schools and communities with real teachers and students. Students in this program are also eligible to apply to the Institute for Urban Education1.

What will the program look like?

The elementary education program prepares candidates in authentic contexts: urban schools, classrooms and communities. You will be learning to teach core subjects by working alongside of real students and teachers. The majority of your classes take place in elementary schools, allowing you opportunities to understand the context of schools and connect theory with REAL WORLD practice.

Throughout your time in the program, you will experience working with students in all elementary grades. You will also be paired with teachers and schools in both Kansas and Missouri. All school placements occur in partner schools. These schools are committed to helping you become a teacher who is READY TO TEACH in all communities.

The following video, starring elementary program students, program graduates and partner school teachers and principals will help you SEE what you will experience while part of our elementary education program:

Who benefits from this degree?

If you are committed to making a difference in the lives of children and urban communities, this program is tailor-made for you!

    • YOU will benefit from this field-based program: learning to teach by working alongside master teachers and working with children FROM THE VERY FIRST WEEK of your program, you will maximize your experiences in schools. You will graduate the program with over a year’s worth of teaching experience.
    • The CHILDREN you will teach will benefit: starting from the first week in the program, you will be working with children in the community. You will be impacting student achievement and building authentic relationships with children throughout your time in our program.
    • The COMMUNITY will benefit: the elementary program partners with the community to provide you rich and meaningful experiences that help you understand the strengths of the community and how to incorporate community partnerships in your classrooms.

1 The Institute for Urban Education is a premiere scholarship program offering support and mentoring to students committed to teaching in one of the IUE’s partner school districts upon graduation. More information and the application can be found on the right side bar.