Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education

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As a teacher, you play a significant role in a child’s life. Earn your bachelor degree in Elementary Education, and become the next person to inspire and shape future generations.

Why choose Elementary Education at Saint Leo?

Through a series of supervised internships, B.A. Elementary Education students accumulate more than 800 hours of clinical experience by the end of their senior year—almost double the hours recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. By the time you graduate, you’ll be well equipped to command a classroom of your own as a certified K-6 teacher. Because of our emphasis on practical field experiences, principals often note how ready our students are for final internships.

Saint Leo’s Education department has received national recognition for its comprehensive curriculum, extensive field experiences and values-based instruction. In 2011, the department was named a national finalist for the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award, presented by the Association of Teacher Educators. In 2014 the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education recognized Saint Leo's Education Department for its "Innovative use of technology". And, according to a recent survey, between 92-98% of school principals who've had a Saint Leo grad and first-year teacher at their school report that they'd provide a positive recommendation for hiring. Another reason to choose Saint Leo- In the past 10 years more than 60 SLU graduates have become "Teachers of the Year" in their local schools and districts!

Some amazing classes you can take

  • Classroom Management
  • Educational Technology
  • Teaching Diverse Populations
  • Reading Foundations in the Elementary Classroom
  • ESOL Applications
  • Courses in teaching Elementary: Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts

Professional development opportunities

  • Florida Teacher Certification: Saint Leo graduates qualify for Florida certification for grades K-6, including ESOL and Reading Endorsements.
  • Student teaching: Hone your skills through no less than four field placements, including a fulltime internship for one semester your senior year. A Saint Leo supervisor observes and coaches you throughout each placement.
  • Professional seminar: Prepare yourself for the job market. Create your resume, meet with school district representatives to learn about the application process, and participate in mock interviews with school principals and district administrators.
  • 21st century classroom: Discover how to enhance learning with technologies such as iPads, the Mimio Teach and student response systems assessment system and interactive white Boards.
  • Conferences: Attend at least one professional conference before graduation, such as the Florida Reading Association or the Florida Council of Teachers of Math.
  • Co-curricular activities: Participate in the Future Teachers Association and become an active member of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society for Educators.

What can you do with a bachelor degree in Elementary Education?

All students who receive Saint Leo’s bachelor degree in Elementary Education are certified to teach K-6 grades and also earn their ESOL and Reading Endorsements. Possible job routes include:

  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Reading Teacher
  • ESOL Teacher

Many Saint Leo graduates become leaders in their schools and districts often going on to pursue masters degrees in Education Leadership, Reading or Special Education. 

Where are Saint Leo Elementary Education grads now?

Our students find success as certified teachers in school districts around Florida and outside of the state, thanks to interstate agreements between the Florida Department of Education and many states.


Student resources

View current Education student resources, including information on internships, lesson plans and more.

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You may declare the Elementary Education major when you begin coursework at Saint Leo University. However, to be formally admitted to the program, you must complete a degree application once you fulfill general education requirements.

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