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Elementary Education K-6 Undergraduate Program


Program Coordinator: Stefanie Sorbet
Phone:  (501) 450-5476

Ms. DeeDee Cain
Dr. Shoudong Feng
Dr. Candice Maxwell

Elementary Education Professional Preparation

Beginning fall 2014, the department offers the Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) degree with a major in Elementary Education K-6. The performance based undergraduate program in elementary education is designed to prepare candidates for positions as teachers in grades K-6. Upon completion of the program, candidates are expected to: (a) understand and apply knowledge related to the social, historical, and philosophical foundations of elementary education; (b) possess knowledge and skills to effectively teach all content areas including literacy/reading, mathematics, science, and social studies; (c) know the way children learn and develop; (d) use knowledge of how children learn and develop to design and implement age appropriate instruction; (e) understand language acquisition, cultural influences on learning, emotional and social development, exceptionalities, diverse student populations, inclusion and equity in classrooms and schools; (f) integrate technology into instruction and learning; (g) use research and developmentally appropriate practices in their teaching; and (h) know the roles and responsibilities of the profession of teaching.

The degree requires the successful completion of 123 hours including: (1) UCA Core: complete 38 hours to meet lower-division UCA Core requirements (see the UCA Core requirements) and complete upper-division UCA Core requirements using designated Early Childhood and Special Education courses.  HIST 2301 or 2302, MATH 1390, PHYS 1400 and PSCI 1330 should be selected within the lower-division core because these courses fulfill both UCA Core requirements and program requirements; (2) professional education courses; (3) academic content courses; (4) and related requirements. The elementary education major must also complete early field experiences, as well as field requirements in Junior Block and Internship I Block. Candidates who successfully complete this program, the state required licensure exams (PRAXIS II) and background checks will be eligible to seek an intitial AR teacher’s license in K-6 Elementary Education.  For additional information on the K-6 program of study and program requirements refer to the K-6 Elementary Education Checklist link below.

Following admission into teacher education, candidates in the K-6 Elementary Education program are assigned academic advisors in the Department of Elementary, Literacy, and Special Education based UCA ID numbers. For information on advisor ID assignments see the link below.

While we welcome any out of state candidates, completion of any program, other than an initial licensure program, may not lead to licensure or endorsement in Arkansas or in the state in which you reside. It is your responsibility to check with your state’s department of education to determine if the license or endorsement requirements are met through the program of study. If you are a potential out of state candidate, please contact the program coordinator directly.

Beginning Spring 2015, Candidates in the K-6 Elementary Education Program are required to join ELSE Teachers of Tomorrow, a UCA professional student organization for undergraduate majors in Elementary or Special Education. For more information, please click here.


Information for K-6 Elementary Education Students


Federal TEACH Grant
 Up to $4,000 per year

State Teacher Education Program (STEP)
Loan repayment up to $3,000 per year

Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP)
Tuition reimbursement up to $3,000 per year