Skip to main content

Elementary Education (K-6) Program of Study

The elementary education (K-6) degree is for students desiring to teach in an elementary school, grades K-6. In addition to initial educator licensure, students can complete specific coursework leading to supplemental endorsements.

Important Documents for Elementary Education (K-6)

Teacher Education Program (TEP) Admission Requirements

Students will apply for admission to the TEP as part of the course requirements for EDU 300, Introduction to Education. All students applying for entrance into the TEP must: 

  • Successfully complete 44 semester hours of university core courses 
  • Maintain an overall (cumulative) GPA of at least 2.75 
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the area(s) of expected certification 
  • Pass the PRAXIS I CASE: Reading 156: Writing 162: Mathematics 130 * 
    *Praxis I requirements can be waived if student has ACT composite score of at least 21 or SAT composite score of at least 1060 and submits an official score report . 
  • Pass the Writing Proficiency Exam or successfully complete  ENG 299. 

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic:

  • Undergraduate Education Programs—The standardized testing requirement is waived for admission to all undergraduate education programs through December 31, 2021. All other TEP admission requirements remain inforce.

Contact Information

Dr. Stephanie Henderson
Chair, Teacher Education and Leadership
Lowrey 209
Phone: 601.925.3478

Catalog Listings

Requirements Class Name Hours
University Core Courses   43 
Professional Education Courses   34
EDU 299* Pre-Teaching Field Experience 1
EDU 300* Introduction to Education 3
EDU 304 Educational Psychology 3
EDU 317 Introduction to Instructional Technology 3
EDU 320 Principles and Methods in Early Childhood Education 3
PSY 305 Child Psychology 3
PSY 435 Psychology of Exceptional Children 3
EDU 421**+ Directed Teaching in K-8 3
EDU 422**+ Directed Teaching in K-8 3
EDU 423**+ Directed Teaching in K-8 3
EDU 424**+ Directed Teaching in K-8 3
EDU 458+ Organization and Management of the Elementary Classroom 3
Elementary Education Subject Matter   24
EDU 301 Methods of Elementary School Teaching 3
EDU 309  Early Literacy I 3
EDU 334 Early Literacy II 3
EDU 311***+ Social Science for Children 3
EDU 312***+ Science for Children 3
EDU 321***+ Mathematics for Children 3
EDU 439***+ Language Arts Methods/Reading 3
EDU 489+ Middle Grade Literacy Skills 3
Interdisciplinary Courses   21
ART 207 Art in the Elementary Schools


BIO 145 Introduction to Earth Science 3
MUS 225 Music for Children 3
KIN 306 Methods and Materials of Teaching Physical Education in Elementary Schools 3
EDU 411 Children's Literature/Reading 3
MAT 207 Elementary Statistics 3
GEO 210 Principles of Geography 3
Specified Core   9
MAT 210 Mathematics for Teachers: Number Systems 3
MAT 211 Mathematics for Teachers: Geometry 3
Choose one of the following Communication courses    
COM 202 Interpersonal Communication 3
COM 203 Professional Communication Skills 3
COM 304 Public Speaking 3
Total    131
* Must be taken Sophomore year
** Must be taken during the same semester
*** Must be taken during the same semester
+ Can only be taken after admission to TEP