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Elementary Education

The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree offers licensure in kindergarten through sixth grade.  Students, who take courses in social studies, literature and literacy, math and science, have a minimum of three semesters of clinical coursework in a variety of school settings prior to graduation.

 

UAFS is one of two teacher education programs in the state to incorporate Professional Development Schools. Selected courses are taught on-site in the public schools, in two different school districts, thus providing greater opportunity to implement instructional strategies directly with public school students. Teacher candidates visit classrooms to see teaching strategies in action.

Accreditation

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) was founded to accredit teacher certification programs at U.S. colleges and universities.  NCATE is a council of educators created to ensure and raise the quality of preparation for their profession.  NCATE is recognized by the as an accrediting institution by the U.S. Department of Education.  A special congratulations recommended because the Board “…cited no areas for improvement relative to any of the standards.”  This is formal recognition and a guarantee that the School of Education and all of its programs and practices meet and exceed rigorous state and national standards and that quality teacher preparation is provided equivalent to the nation’s top colleges and universities.

 

Last site visit was April 17-21, 2010.

 

UAFS is one of two teacher education programs in the state to incorporate Professional Development Schools. Selected courses are taught on-site in the public schools, in two different school districts, thus providing greater opportunity to implement instructional strategies directly with public school students. Teacher candidates visit classrooms to see teaching strategies in action.

REQUIREMENTS

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RETENTION

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INTERNSHIP

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Program Goals and Outcomes

The goal of the Bachelor of Science degree program in Elementary Education is to provide a baccalaureate program for the preparation of elementary teachers that provides:

  • An understanding of the history, philosophy, and principles of elementary education,
  • An understanding of the unique developmental characteristics and needs of the early adolescent, and
  • General educational opportunities designed to extend and enrich the basic educational experiences of all students that result in aspiring teachers who have the motivation and ability to facilitate excellence for increasing numbers of grades K-6 students in Arkansas and Oklahoma.