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Elementary Education

Prepare to educate learners in grades K–8. Coursework paired with internships and residencies will allow you to obtain teacher certification after graduation and start a career in a high-demand field of education.


Program description

The BAE program in elementary education prepares students for certification in grades K–8 in the state of Arizona.

Students engage in innovative coursework grounded in theory-based strategies for teaching evidence-based practices. Coursework is designed to support the development of instructional competencies, professional skills, content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge in mathematics, science, English language arts and social studies. 

This program has a strong focus on teaching and learning practices that foster equitable access and learning outcomes for culturally and linguistically diverse students and learners with special needs and exceptionalities.

Extensive professional experiences are built into this program to prepare students to enter the teaching profession after graduation. Graduates will complete internships prior to a full-time teaching residency. Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College has developed a distinctive approach to teacher-preparation, which includes student participation in internships and residencies while receiving guidance and support from faculty members and highly qualified certified teachers. Professional experiences are designed to prepare graduates to work with mutually supportive colleagues to address the academic and social-emotional needs of learners.

Graduates earn an institutional recommendation from ASU for Arizona teacher certification in Elementary Education, and an endorsement in Structured English Immersion, preK–12, from the Arizona Department of Education.  In order to teach in an Arizona public school, graduates must pass the appropriate Arizona educator exams: National Evaluation Series or Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments. Learn more about professional licensure.

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Next steps to attend ASU

This degree qualifies you for Arizona educator certification in:

Elementary Education, K–8

You will be required to pass the applicable exams administered by the state. Learn more from the Arizona Department of Education.

This program may also lead to licensure in other states. Learn more


Career outlook

Graduates of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College are highly sought teachers in public, charter and private education institutions. Many graduates with degrees in elementary education also work at community organizations serving children and youth.

Career examples include but are not limited to those shown in the following list. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions

  • College Program Director
  • Elementary Teacher
  • Fitness and Wellness Coordinator
  • Instructional Specialist
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Preschool Director
  • School Principal
  • Tutor

Program contact information

If you have questions related to admission, please fill out the request information form and an admission specialist will contact you directly. For questions regarding faculty or courses, please use the contact information below.

Cost and aid

Admission requirements

Students are required to meet all applicable ASU admission requirements for first-year studentstransfer students or international students

As a transfer student, you can ensure a positive experience by signing up for an ASU transfer pathway program. Find your path to ASU