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The Elementary Education program is designed to provide a more advanced program of study for teachers in elementary school settings. The curriculum is designed to provide an individualized program of study, based on the student’s experience and professional goals.

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Students majoring in elementary education receive a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) degree and are eligible to apply for an Oklahoma Teaching License. Upon completion of a successful residency year, they are eligible to apply for a Standard Elementary Certification for grades 1-8. Curriculum includes university core curriculum, major support coursework and elementary education and professional teacher education-specific course. 

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Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Elementary Education majors must apply and be accepted to the Teacher Education Program in order to be eligible to take professional teacher education courses and to graduate with an education degree from UCO. Admission to the Teacher Education Program is separate from admission to the University of Central Oklahoma.

Admission Requirements

Career Opportunities

Elementary Education is a growing and expanding field in Oklahoma and surrounding states. Job opportunities include teaching in public schools and in other settings, such as private schools and child development centers. View a career guide for Elementary Education majors.

Community Opportunities

Take advantage of these opportunities in the metro and in the education community, which may spark your interest and even boost your resume.

  • The Jasmine Moran Children's Museum: Visit to learn about events and teaching techniques.
  • Association for Childhood Education International: Visit to join and find out more about global initiatives.
  • Oklahoma Education Association: To learn how to make a difference in Oklahoma's Education, visit