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Bachelor's of Science in
Elementary Education Foundations

This major is designed to prepare you to become an elementary teacher. However, you will also gain valuable and highly transferable skills for many different career paths.

Program length: 4 years for bachelor's + optional 5th year for teacher license and master's degree.

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Our vision
Every kid deserves a favorite teacher

Favorite teachers are dynamic. Book-smart. Kid-smart. A true master of changing lives--the best educators know how to do what it takes.

Favorite teachers care about their students. "Humanity is our most powerful tool as a teacher." Who could say it better than one of our favorite teachers and 2014 MN Teacher of the Year,"Mr. Rad".

Favorite teachers want to change the world. How would the world be different if every kid had a favorite teacher? If your life is different because a teacher believed in you, then pay it forward. Didn't have a favorite teacher? Then become what you didn't have yourself. There's a kid out there who needs you.

Ready to become a favorite teacher? Join our community of teacher candidates.

It takes a village
Community

Our program is designed to foster a community of support. You will join a cohort of candidates who want to become elementary teachers.

You'll study together, learn from your field experiences together, support and be supported by a group of people with the same ambition as you: to become an amazing teacher.

Be mentored
Learn from master teachers

With opportunity to co-teach with a master teacher, you'll merge the theory of your coursework with the realities of the classroom.

Collaborating with and learning from experienced, inspired teachers, start your career with confidence and the capacity to become a favorite teacher.

Benefit from a graduate degree
License + M.Ed.

After you graduate with your undergraduate, you can complete your licensure and masters in education coursework in 12-15 months of full-time study.

A graduate degree will earn you a pay increase and the additional course(s) will sharpen your skills and hone your confidence as an educator.

Study abroad
Global

We encourage you to study abroad and engage global communities. Learn about study abroad opportunities at the UMN Learning Abroad Center.

Featured opportunity: Teaching practicum in France

Begin with confidence
Prepared

We designed our program to help you become an exceptional and exceptionally prepared educator.

Experience builds confidence. With our cutting-edge curriculum and over 1200 hours of experience in a classroom by the time you get your license, you'll enter your own classroom with confidence to spare.

Be in-demand
Hired

The 2013-14 cohort had 93.8% first year job placement. Our graduates are actively recruited by districts.

Return on investment
Well-compensated

If you complete your license and master of education degree with us, you will earn, on average, $6,000/year more than a teacher with a bachelor's degree.

If you decide not to go into teaching, you will be well-prepared for a variety of roles outside the classroom.

Be in-demand
Career services

CE+HD has a team of professionals ready to help you prepare for your first job by reviewing your resume, conducting practice interviews, and much more!

And if you're feeling like teaching elementary kids in a formal classroom isn't the right fit, they can guide you to other careers that feel right. A few of the careers students have gone on to include: adoption agencies, boards of education, consulting firms, test preparation companies, and educational publishers.

Check out their many resources, or make an appointment with a career counselor today.

Optional
Add a minor

If you want to add a minor, the following will add to your marketability:

  • Applied psychology in educational & community settings
  • Autism spectrum disorders certificate
  • Teaching English as a second language
  • Family science
  • Family violence prevention
  • Youth studies
  • A language (Spanish, Hmong, Somali, etc.)

Come say hi
Visit

Come see the campus, talk with faculty and other students. Get to know us and let us get to know you.

Next steps
Prepare to apply

Information for transfer students

Information for freshman applicants