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Elementary Education

Bachelor of Arts — Program Overview

Prepare to teach in elementary school by majoring in elementary education at Briar Cliff. Our elementary education majors learn language arts, mathematics, science and social studies for kindergarten through sixth grade (K-6). 

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 teaching classes in elementary schools. You'll also be part of our unique Professional Development School, a collaboration with neighboring Leeds Elementary. Rack up 225 hours of classroom experience, 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.

Core Courses

ART 332 - Special Methods of Teaching Elementary Art
BIOL 102 - Human Biology
BIOL 102L - Human Biology Laboratory
EDEL 316 - Teaching Elementary Science
EDEL 241 - Children's Literature
EDEL 335 - Teaching Elementary Mathematics
EDEL 342 - Teaching Elementary Social Studies
EDEL 461 - Teaching Elementary Language Arts
EDEL 466 - Elementary Reading and Content Area Instruction
EDUC 03 IS - Introduction to Education Computer/Media Technology
EDUC 14 IS - Electronic Portfolio
EDUC 210 - Educational Foundations
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
HPER 214 - Physical Education Activities for Pre-K to 6 Elementary Schools
MATH 118 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
MUSC 335 - Music for Elementary Teacher
PHYS 116 - Physical Science
PSCI 224 - Geography and World Cultures
PSYC 110 - Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 280 - Developmental Psychology

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.


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