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Elementary Education Program

Bachelor of Arts — Program Overview

Prepare to teach kindergarten through sixth grade by majoring in elementary education at Briar Cliff. Our program is known for producing caring, distinguished teachers and is fully approved by the Iowa Department of Education.


As a teacher candidate at BCU, you'll be active in actual classrooms from the get-go: observing teachers, working with small groups of students and being part of our unique Professional Development School, a collaboration with neighboring Leeds Elementary. You'll rack up 225 hours of classroom experience — and that's before you even start student teaching!


As part of the elementary education major, you'll complete a K-8 reading endorsement, and if possible, a 5-8 middle school endorsement. These endorsements supplement an elementary education major, so you'll be qualified to teach more subject areas and more grade levels. Coaching endorsements are also available.


You have the option to complete a certificate program to teach in Catholic schools. This certificate program is a partnership between the four Iowa Catholic Dioceses and BCU’s education and theology departments. Although not a full teaching endorsement, this certificate enables you to teach religion courses and gives you preferential hiring status in Diocesan schools.

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Core Elementary Education Courses

BIOL 102 - Human Biology
CHEM 446 - Physical Chemistry II
EDEL 241 - Children's Literature
EDEL 316 - Teaching Elementary Science
EDEL 335 - Teaching Elementary Mathematics
EDEL 342 - Teaching Elementary Social Studies
EDEL 461 - Teaching Elementary Language Arts
EDEL 464 - Reading Assessment, Diagnosis and Evaluation
EDEL 466 - Elementary Reading and Content Area Instruction
EDMI 421 - Teaching in Middle School
EDUC 03 IS - Introduction to Education Computer/Media Technology
EDUC 14 IS - Electronic Portfolio
EDUC 250 - Management and Instruction
EDUC 270 - Exceptional Learners
EDUC 318 - Educational Psychology
EDUC 330 - Educational Measurement and Evaluation
EDUC 410 - Student Teaching in the Elementary School
EDUC 452 - Human Relations for Teachers
HIST 231 - American History to 1877
MATH 118 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
MATH 119 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
PHYS 116 - Physical Science
PSCI 224 - Geography and World Cultures
PSYC 110 - Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 354 - Psychology of Adolescence
WRTG 109 - Introduction to College Writing
EDUC 100 - Introduction to Education
EDUC 101 - Practicum
EDEL 317 - Health Methods
EDEL 318 - Visual Arts Methods
EDEL 319 - Performance Arts Methods

Additional Program Requirements

All students intending to seek an elementary education degree must first be admitted into the Teacher Preparation Program.

The Federal Department of Education states that all elementary education majors must take the Praxis II Testing for Licensure in all content areas prior to applying for their teaching license.

What can I do with this major?

Elementary Teacher
Middle School Teacher
Personal Tutor
Athletic Coach
Religious Instructor


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