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.