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Earn your Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and an Initial Teaching License at the same time!

Entering freshmen at SOU have an opportunity to explore their interest and prepare for the education program during their freshman and sophomore years while fulfilling the university's general education requirements. General education and elective course selection in the first 90 credit hours will vary by individuals' needs and backgrounds. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor in the School of Education early in their freshman year. All students seeking the BA/BS degree in education and teaching license must be formally admitted to the teacher education program. Information about the application process and criteria is available from students' individual advisors and from the School of Education office coordinator. Applications are usually submitted at the end of the sophomore or beginning of the junior year. The program is based on a strong partnership and articulation agreements between SOU and RCC faculty and in collaboration with other state and regional community colleges.

Community college transfer students who wish to earn a bachelor's degree in education with an early childhood/elementary teaching license may apply their previous credits degree upon acceptance at SOU. Transfer students should seek early advisement in SOU’s School of Education for more information regarding application and admittance procedures to the education degree and licensure program.

Once admitted to the education program, students take upper division coursework in their junior and senior years that includes teacher preparation requirements in the early childhood and/or elementary major: content knowledge, pedagogy, and field experiences. The coursework focuses on understanding children in unique stages of development and learning, children and families from diverse backgrounds, multi-disciplinary content knowledge and pedagogy, and field experiences in multiple, diverse settings.