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

Our program prepares you to teach at the elementary education level, kindergarten through fifth grade. We take a unique approach to teacher education, with embedded courses that put students in schools early in the program.

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.

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.

The Elementary Education program is approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board.


Why You Should Enroll

In the UK College of Education Elementary Education program, students are immersed in field experiences from the start. Your college classes are embedded in local elementary schools during pre-practicum and practicum.

Elementary Education students gain over 200 hours of field experience in classroom observations, community-based outreach, school board meetings, and other school visits in addition to a full semester of student teaching.


Program Details

Delivery Method: In-person

Credit Hours: 120

Time to Completion: Refer to the Curriculum Guide in the following section for the courses needed to complete this program.

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

Below is a template of the course progression followed by Elementary Education students.

Year 1

Semester 1 (16 course hours)

  • UK Core- Composition & Communication I : CIS or WRD 110 (3)
  • UK Core- Quantitative Foundations: MA111- Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics (3)
  • UK Core- Social Science: EPE 174- The College Student (3)
  • PSY 100- Introduction to Psychology (4)
  • UK CORE- Humanities: HIS 108- History of the United States (3)

Semester 2 (16 course hours)

  • UK Core- Composition & Communication II: CIS or WRD 111 (3)
  • UK Core- Global Dynamics (3)
  • BIO 103- Basic Ideas of Biology (3)
  • BIO 111- General Biology Lab (1)
  • STA 210- Statistical Inferential Reasoning (3)
  • UK Core- UK Citizenship: HIS 109- History of the United States through 1876 (3)

Year 2

Semester 1 (15 course hours)

Check with your advisor to make sure requirements are completed for applying to the Teacher Education Program.

  • UK Core- Arts and Creativity (3)
  • EDP 202- Human Development and Learning (3)
  • EES 160- Geology for Teachers (3)
  • MA 201- Math for Elementary Teachers (3)
  • Special Needs Course #1 (3)

 Semester 2 (16 course hours)

Apply to the Teacher Education Program

  • EPE 301- Education in American Culture (3)
  • PHY 160- Physics and Astronomy for Teachers (3)
  • MA 202- Mathematics for Elementary Teachers (3)
  • A-E 200- Workshop in Design Education for Elementary Teachers (3)
  • Free Elective Course (3)

Year 3 

Semester 1 (15 course hours)

  • MUS 266- Teaching Music in Elementary Grades (3)
  • LIS 510- Children’s Literature & Related Materials (3)
  • Additional Literacy Course #1 (3)
  • State/Regional Course (3)
  • Special Needs Course #2 (3) 

Semester 2 (16 course hours)

  • *EDC 317- Introduction to Instructional Media (1)
  • *EDC 329- Teaching Reading and Language Arts (3)
  • *EDC 323- Inclusive Classroom Management (3)
  • *KHP 380- Health Education in Elementary Schools (2)
  • *KHP 382- Physical Education for Elementary School Teachers (2)
  • Additional Literacy Course #2 (3)
  • Two Hours of Electives (for 120 total hours) (2)

Year 4

Semester 1 (15 course hours)

  • *EDC 322- Elementary Practicum
  • *EDC 326- Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School
  • *SEM 328- Teaching Science in the Elementary School
  • *SEM 337- Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Schools
  • *EDC 339- Designing a Reading and Language Arts Program for the Elementary School 

Semester 2

  • *EDC 433- Student Teaching 

*requires prior admission to the Teacher Education Program




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.

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 Room 151 each semester prior to registration. Students are assigned to an advisor based on the first letter of their last name.


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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AAQEP Accredited

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The University of Kentucky is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The programs listed at this link have been awarded full accreditation by AAQEP through December 31, 2030. Accreditation acknowledges that a program prepares effective educators who continue to grow as professionals and has demonstrated the commitment and capacity to maintain quality.