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Elementary Education (K-6)

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Leave a lasting legacy and enjoy a rewarding career in education by earning your Bachelor of Science in elementary education (K-6) from the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. 

UAFS's Bachelor of Science in elementary education (grades K-6) program combines advanced theory with extensive hands-on public school experience to deliver a degree that ensures you are ready to lead your classroom upon graduation. UAFS's program is the only one in the state of Arkansas to offer Teacher Apprenticeships (paid teaching internships) and one of only two to incorporate Professional Development Schools into its curriculum.

Earning your elementary education degree from UAFS prepares you to successfully lead Kindergarten through 6th grade classrooms. The demand for qualified teachers at this level is strong in both public and private schools. Our elementary education graduates have led classrooms in school districts throughout the Midwest including:
  • Alma Public Schools
  • Broken Arrow Public Schools
  • Chico Public Schools 
  • Fort Smith Public Schools
  • Greenwood Public Schools
  • Hackett Public Schools
  • Highland Park Public Schools 
  • Lavaca Public Schools
  • Magnolia Public Schools
  • Sallisaw Public Schools
  • Waldron Public Schools
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2020 median wage for elementary school teachers, exempting special education, was $60,490. This degree also provides you with the academic foundation to continue your education at the graduate level. 


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Certificate of Proficiency

This 9-credit hour program provides curriculum designed for those in helping professions such as human services, health care organizations, educators, and others. Courses include Intermediate Spanish I, II, and Spanish for the Professions. Beginning Spanish I and II, or required placement scores are prerequisites for Intermediate Spanish I.


Application Requirements

There is a separate application process for this program, and requirements for admission may change over time. Students must meet admission requirements current at the time of their final application for admission to the teacher education program.

The elementary education program is designed for students who have graduated in the top half of their high school class and have maintained a minimum 2.75 GPA during their first two years of college. Candidates must meet these criteria to be considered for admission into the program.


Program Learning Outcomes

The goal of the Bachelor of Science in elementary education program is to deliver a baccalaureate program for the preparation of elementary teachers that provides:
  • Current Knowledge: Demonstrate content knowledge by completing the appropriate PRAXIS II content exam.
  • Learning & Learning: Demonstrate an appropriate response to diversity in the classroom by completing a diversity case study.
  • Instructional Planning and Practice: Successfully develop and implement an integrated unit of study.
  • Professional Responsibility: Successfully collaborate with colleagues, families, and community members which will be evaluated by an end-of-program portfolio presentation of an artifact.


CAEP Accreditation

CAEP Accreditation LogoAccreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation is a seal of approval that assures quality in educator preparation. Accreditation makes sure that educator programs prepare new teachers to know their subjects, their students, and have the clinical training that allows them to enter the classroom ready to teach effectively.

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