The Elementary Education program at the University of Kentucky prepares students to become Elementary Education teachers, and it also lays the groundwork for several other career possibilities in fields like school leadership, educational psychology, curriculum design, state policy, publishing, higher education, and corporate training.

Earning a degree from our program means you have proven yourself to be an effective teacher, gained valuable field experience, and forged important connections in the schools where you may one day be teaching.

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We encourage you to explore our Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and our world-class program faculty, as well as familiarize yourself with the resources and engagement opportunities available to our students.

Please don’t hesitate to contact one of our program co-chairs with questions. We are happy to help!

The Elementary Education program is approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Why You Should Enroll

In the UK College of Education Elementary Education program, students are immersed in field experiences from the moment they enter the Teacher Education Program during junior year. In addition to a full semester of student teaching, Elementary Education students gain over 200 hours of field experience in classroom observations, community-based outreach, school board meetings, and other school visits.

Program Details

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Tuition Cost: Refer to Full-time per Credit Hour Rates for Undergraduate Students on the UK Tuition and Mandatory Fees page.

Curriculum Guide

The B.A. in Education degree contains three steps:

  1. UK Core requirements
  2. Program related studies courses
  3. Professional education component

During the freshman and sophomore years, students focus on fulfilling the UK core requirements with courses relevant to education majors. Juniors apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) and complete the associated requirements. Finally, during the last semester, Elementary Education students are placed in a local school to fulfill the student teaching component.

Below is an outline of the course progression followed by Elementary Education students.

Elementary Education Program Plan

Advising & Contacts

Prospective Students who are not currently enrolled in courses at UK can contact the College of Education Director of Recruitment for information on the program.


Pre-TEP Advising for Current Students: Current Elementary Education majors who have not been admitted to the Teacher Education Program are required to meet with a professional advisor in the Taylor Education Building Room166 each semester prior to registration. Students are assigned to an advisor based on the first letter of their last name.



Check out the FAQ below or feel free to contact us with any questions you might have regarding this program. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Director of Recruitment
(859) 218-2698

State Authorization & Licensure

If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.

Tuition and Fees

For information regarding current program cost please refer to the UK Tuition and Fees page.

Refund Policies

You can find tuition refund policies, deadlines, amounts, and other important information on the UK Student Account Services website.

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