B.S. in Early Elementary Education

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The B.S. in Early Elementary Education is designed to fulfill the requirements for Kentucky certification grades P-5, which includes Kindergarten. Early Elementary Education teachers are responsible for teaching a variety of subjects. Therefore, teacher education candidates must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the general areas of English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Sciences as well as the Arts and Humanities. Admission to the professional phase of the program is competitive. Teacher education candidates should read the "How to Apply" section for more information about admission to the professional phase of the program.

Teacher education candidates are required to choose one of the tracks below. Completion of one of the content areas (English, French, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies or Spanish) may lead to an additional certification/extension. Dual certification programs in Early Childhood Education or Special Education are also available:

  • Content Areas: English, French, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Spanish
  • Early Childhood Education (B-5) – dual certification with Early Elementary Education
  • Learning and Behavior Disorders (P-12) – dual certification with Early Elementary Education
  • Moderate and Severe Disabilities (P-12) – dual certification with Early Elementary Education

CEHD Conceptual Framework: The conceptual framework focuses on three guiding principles – inquiry, action, and advocacy – as these are learned in the classroom, applied through habitual and skillful practice, and internalized as a means of solving problems and improving the lives of children, families, and communities. The teacher education program develops teacher education candidates who go on to enhance the lives of others by becoming critical thinkers, problem solvers and professional leaders who advocate for the principles of social justice and equity.

Accreditation: CEHD teacher education programs are fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board.

Program Highlights

  • Nationally Prominent Program
  • Strong Field-Based Program
  • Collaborative Model With Professional Development
  • Best Practices Instruction
  • Emphasis on Technology Application
  • Senior Faculty and Practitioners Train Our Students
  • Proximity to Several Large School Districts
  • Commitment to Diversity, Social Justice and Equity
  • Partnership with Minority Teacher Recruitment Project
  • Scholarships/Financial Aid Available
  • Excellent PRAXIS preparation

Related

Early Elementary (P-5) Certification - Undergraduate Catalog, pg.437 [PDF]

Cohort Model

The professional phase of the undergraduate Early Elementary Education program is offered as a cohort model. Teacher education candidates begin the program as a cohort each Fall or Spring semester. The cohort model is valuable for teacher education candidates because they will share the same courses, get to know each other and their faculty members well, and will be able to support each other as they pursue a rigorous, full-time program spanning a two year period. Teacher Education candidates typically enroll in 17-18 credit hours per semester (excluding summers).

Course Offerings

Most courses are offered during the day, with a few evening options – particularly for courses in the Early Childhood Education track. There are currently no on-line courses available. Most courses are accompanied by an intensive field placement experience, in which teacher education candidates are immersed in the Elementary classroom – practicing what they are learning and receiving feedback for continuous improvement.

Who may apply to the Professional Phase of the Program?

Undergraduate teacher education candidates who meet the following criteria may be eligible to apply to the professional phase of the teacher education program, and are encouraged to meet with their assigned, academic counselor to evaluate their readiness to apply. Admission is competitive to this rigorous program. Candidates who meet minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program.

  1. Minimum test scores on the required PRAXIS exam
  2. Minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average (based on all college courses completed) or minimum 3.0 grade point average based on the last 30 credit hours completed
  3. B- or better required for all EDTP and / or EDSP prerequisite courses.
  4. Minimum "C" Or better for Math 151 and Math 152
  5. Minimum "C" or better in ENGL 102 and Oral Communication course (such as COMM 115)
  6. Completion of at least 45 credit hours of degree applicable course work including General Education Requirements and Education prerequisite courses as determined by assigned academic counselor. Students are encouraged to have all General Education Requirements and Education prerequisite courses completed prior to the start of the professional program.
  7. Positive dispositions for teaching as determined through Education course assessments and field evaluations. Areas for assessment include: attendance, acceptance of feedback, classroom etiquette, respectful interactions, and punctuality.
  8. Positive classroom and extracurricular experiences which demonstrate creativity, collaboration, communication skills, critical thinking ability, and a disposition of respect for the uniqueness and dignity of all individuals

Teacher education candidates provide support and evidence of positive experiences as explained in 7 (above) through their professional statement, letters of recommendation, and faculty interview.

Teacher education candidates should review the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Personnel [PDF], CEHD Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement [PDF], and Character and Fitness Questionnaire [PDF] which outline the expectations and requirements of the teaching profession.

How to apply to the Professional Phase of the Program?

Online Application

Please submit the online application at least four weeks prior to the application deadline. Recommendation letter requests are automatically sent to the recommenders upon submission of the application. (You may check your application account to send reminders and check the status of your recommendation requests.) Adequate time should be given to recommenders to respond to the request!

Official test scores and transcripts (from other institutions) should be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admission prior to the application deadline!

Questions about the online application should be directed to teacher@louisville.edu.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Admission – February 1st by 5:00 p.m.
  • Spring Admission - September 15th by 5:00 p.m.

Please note: If the application deadline falls on a weekend, applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on the Monday immediately following the deadline.

Applicants will be notified via e-mail regarding the admission decision no later than six weeks after the application deadline. Applicants who are selected for admission will receive information about a mandatory orientation session for the program.

Contact Us

Education Advising and Student Services
College of Education and Human Development
Room 140
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
Office: 502-852-5597

Career Pathways Certification

Graduates of the B.S. in Early Elementary Education are eligible to take the PRAXIS II exams for certification in Early Elementary Education (grades P-5).

In addition, the program offers options for dual certification in such areas as Learning and Behavior Disorders (grades P-12), Early Childhood Education (Birth-Age 5) and Moderate and Severe Disabilities (grades P-12).

Special Education Article

Read this College Board article on being a Special Education teacher which proves a brief insight into being a special education teacher.

In addition to the financial aid opportunities offered by the University of Louisville's Financial Aid office, the College of Education & Human Development also has information about financial aid.

Other financial aid opportunities available include student employment opportunities.

Minority Teacher Scholarship Program

Since 1985, the Minority Teacher Recruitment Project (MTRP) has been addressing the shortage of minority teachers in our nation's classrooms. The program is a partnership among the University of Louisville's College of Education and Human Development, the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), and the schools of the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC).

Scholarships of up to $5,000 annually are available to qualifying full- or part-time students of color pursuing initial teacher certification at UofL. Visit the MTRP webpage to view more information about the scholarship program.