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Elementary Education

Earn your teaching credential in the high-demand field of elementary education; enrich the lives of children and strengthen communities in which they live.


Program description

The certificate program in elementary education prepares students to work with children, kindergarten through grade 8, in an educational setting.

This certificate program can be added only to the following majors in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College granting students eligibility for dual-teaching certificates at the completion of their undergraduate degree program:

  • BAE in early childhood education
  • BAE in physical education
  • BAE in secondary education
  • BAE in special education

Students engage in innovative coursework grounded in theory-based strategies and evidence-based practices for teaching. 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 outcomes for culturally and linguistically diverse students and learners with special needs and exceptionalities.

Graduates are eligible to earn an institutional recommendation from ASU for Arizona teacher certification in Elementary Education, K-8, as recognized by 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.

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Enrollment requirements

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a non degree-seeking graduate student.

Career outlook

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

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.