Elementary Education (BAE)

The elementary education BAE program leads to elementary education certification in the state of Arizona for grades K-8.

This program offers students a firm grounding in academic content with current research and best practices, accompanied by real-world classroom experiences. Faculty are nationally recognized in their fields of expertise. This program also provides extensive experiences in integrating technology into teaching.

The teacher certification program for elementary education is clinically embedded during the junior and senior years. The primary goal of all clinical experiences is to provide interns and student teachers with multiple opportunities to apply knowledge learned in coursework to practice in preK-12 classrooms. Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College students complete internships during their junior year that require one day per week in grades K-8 classrooms and student teaching, which is a full-time, year-long apprenticeship known as their senior year residency. Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College faculty and highly qualified mentor teachers from our partner school districts and charter schools collaboratively coach interns and student teachers during required clinical experiences. The clinical experience provided by the program, known as MLFTC Professional Pathways, is unmatched in Arizona. It provides students with an opportunity to work directly with children and make an immediate impact on classroom achievement. This intensive, hands-on clinical experience model of teacher preparation creates highly sought-after graduates.

Graduates are recommended for grades K-8 elementary teacher certification. Those desiring to teach in a public school must pass the appropriate Arizona educator exams, National Evaluation Series or Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments, to be certified to teach in the state of Arizona.

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Degree Offered

Elementary Education (BAE)

Polytechnic, Tempe, West, Lake Havasu

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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Paying for College

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Career Outlook

There is a demand for highly qualified elementary teachers in Arizona. A high percentage of students from this program receive job offers during their student teaching. Many graduates with a degree in elementary education work in:

  • charter schools
  • nontraditional settings
  • private school settings
  • public elementary schools

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