About the Program
The College of Education is not offering postbaccalaurate programs at this time. This information is for historical purposes only.
For more information about available degrees and certifications, contact an advisor.
Elementary Education (EDEL) is a program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The purpose of the program is to prepare educators who are creative, reflective, and ethical professionals. Educators who view themselves as change agents, who are committed to the welfare of all children, who appreciate and foster diversity, who understand and utilize technology, and who have the understanding, attitudes, and skills necessary to be superior teachers and leaders.
Program work within Elementary Education is developed and guided by a strong conceptual framework, standards from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), criteria from the State of Texas, guidelines from numerous Specialized Professional Associations, and the sound professional judgment of an experienced and caring faculty.
Degree/Certification programs of study
There are four certification and/or degree programs within Elementary Education. General information is available about teacher certification online. More specifically, there are four certification and/or degree programs within Elementary Education:
The above programs are described in detail in a variety of online handbooks and documents that are accessed through the links found on this homepage.
Elementary Education candidates come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds. Many individuals have either worked at, or are currently employed by a school district. To accommodate the needs of these working professionals, the program routinely offers a variety of evening and summer courses.
- Another program is for individuals who already possess a bachelor’s degree but want to earn an early childhood through sixth grade teacher certification through a post-baccalaureate program.
- Some individuals with a bachelor’s degree may want to enter a program culminating with a Master’s of Education Degree, including the possibility of teacher certification.
- An advanced program in Elementary Education culminates in a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an Elementary Education Area of Emphasis.