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Elementary Education (K-6) (BSE)

Student reading to kids.

Why study elementary education (K-6)?

Called to teach? The quality and reputation of USF’s Elementary Education program will set you up for professional success and personal fulfillment.

Our nationally accredited program blends educational theory and technology with hands-on experience. You will experience Kindergarten through 6th grade classrooms and work with students starting your first semester, giving you the knowledge and confidence to teach today’s students. Come learn how to create an inclusive environment and meet the needs of all learners!

Our curriculum will prepare you to be an energetic and inspiring teacher! As you near graduation, you will take the CORE Assessment exam to become licensed to teach in the state of Indiana.

Bonus! Many students add a special education concentration to maximize their experience, licensing, and marketability!

Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester.

USF teacher helping a student.

Outstanding Field Experiences

In your first semester, you’ll start completing more than 300 hours of field experience prior to student teaching! You will:

  • Practice and experience working with students from diverse backgrounds in public, private, charter and religious schools; in urban, suburban, and rural settings
  • Apply the knowledge and skills learned in coursework
  • Learn from many cooperating teachers and mentors
  • Build your confidence as you build your professional knowledge and skills

Student Teaching Semester: You will be paired with a professional teacher for a full semester of experience and support.

The Result: 99% of USF teachers are consistently rated as being “effective” or “highly effective” by their school principals.

Expert Guidance and Support

You’ll be taught and mentored by USF professors who are experts in the field of education. Small classes equal one-on-one support!

I was hired as a classroom teacher right after I graduated, which is a testament to USF’s program. I felt very well prepared due to the course content, the diverse field experiences, and the faculty support.

Claudia Alcala ’15
Kindergarten Teacher
Harrison Elementary School

Professional Opportunities and Connections

Because teachers are lifelong learners, our program connects students to a variety of professional development opportunities, two of which are hosted by USF.

  • Best Practices Showcase highlights teachers who demonstrate outstanding professional practice. Learn from the Best!
  • Northeast Literacy Council promotes the improvement of literacy instruction through professional development and awards.

Strong Student Community

Education majors participate in Educators in Action (EIA) and Alpha Theta Epsilon, student organizations that promote professionalism and comradery. The organizations engage and deepen students’ relationships with the profession and community.


The Antoinette V. Murray Cougar Classroom gives Education majors everything they need to prepare lessons and student teach. The lab is equipped with the latest technology, educational resources, and materials.

Career Outlook & Success


of USF Education graduates are hired into teaching positions by the semester after graduation.


median salary per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


expected job growth for elementary school teachers by 2026

Graduates of our program teach in schools throughout the state, nation, and world! They serve in public, private, charter, and religious schools, non-profit organizations, Department of Defense schools, colleges, and universities.


The Department of Education is accredited by the Indiana Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which was previously known as the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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Program Director

Dr. Mary Riepenhoff
260-399-7700 ext. 8225