The undergraduate and post-baccalaureate Elementary Education programs are committed to preparing outstanding K-8 teachers who will truly realize the capabilities of every learner in their future classrooms.

The Elementary Education programs aim to cultivate teachers who are professionals, intellectuals, and critical consumers and producers of educational policy, practice, and research. These competencies include a commitment to critical thinking and research-based pedagogy. The Elementary Education programs emphasize learning as a human right, and nurtures creative, responsive, and reflective practitioners who challenge their students to become global citizens in a diverse, ever-changing world.



The undergraduate program is designed to prepare undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students to be classroom teachers in K-8 classrooms.

Because elementary teachers are generalists, the B.A. in Elementary Education gives students knowledge in literacy, math, science, and social studies. Every course, field experience, and practicum opportunity offered through the Elementary Education major and endorsements are intended to give students the confidence and capabilities to be effective teachers. Students have the opportunity to work with children in a variety of school settings and experience a range of teaching approaches that value reflection, cooperation, and conversation.


College of Education added endorsement programs are state-of-Iowa approved, and available to current Teacher Education Program students and in-service teachers.

How to add an endorsement.

Complete list of Elementary Education endorsements including K-8 specializations and related licensures/endorsements.


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