Elementary Education Program Details


Program Curriculum

The elementary teacher education program curriculum is built on the belief that it is critical for KU students to not only gain a broad-based teacher education preparation, but to supplement that education with hands-on practical experience in the field. This powerful combination allows our students to excel in any classroom environment.


Degree Requirements

C&T 100Introduction to the Education Profession
COMS 130Speaker-Audience Communication
ENGL 101Composition
ENGL 102Critical Reading & Writing
GEOG 104Principles of Geography
HIST 128History of the U.S. through the Civil War
MATH 101College Algebra
ANTH 160 or SOC 130Varieties of Human Experience or Comparative Societies (or an approved study abroad experience)
BIOL 100 & 102Principles of Biology Lecture & Lab
HSES 260Personal & Community Health
LING 106 or 110Introductory Linguistics or Language and Mind
Chemistry or Physics with LabSatisfied by: PHSX 111 & 116 or CHEM 110 or CHEM 125 if taken prior to Fall 2014 or CHEM 130
POLS 110Introduction to U.S. Politics

Teacher Education (All courses EXCEPT C&T 235 and ELPS 250) are only available after being admitted to the School of Education & Human Sciences.)

C&T 235Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in K-12
ELPS 250Education & Society
C&T 322Curriculum Learner in the Elementary School
C&T 344Children's Literature in the Elementary School
MATH 109Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I
MATH 110Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II
C&T 330Instructional Approaches for ESOL Learners in the Elementary/Early Childhood Classrooom
C&T 347Social Studies in the Elementary Classroom
C&T 349Science in the Elementary Classroom
C&T 351Mathematics for the Elementary Classroom
C&T 352Literacy Instruction in the Primary Grades
C&T 353Literacy Practicum in the Primary Grades
C&T 354Literacy Instruction in the Intermediate Grades
C&T 355Literacy Practicum in the Intermediate Grades.
C&T 301Educational Technology in Elementary - Middle Education
HSES 341Instructional Strategies in Physical Education for Elementary Classroom Teachers
MEMT 341 or VAE 341Instructional Strategies in Music (MEMT) or Art (VAE) for Elementary Classroom Teachers or Children
EPSY 305Development & Learning of the Young Child
SPED 326Teaching Exceptional Children & Youth in General Education
C&T 402Professional Learning Seminar II
C&T 403Professional Learning Seminar III
EPSY 320Basics of Classroom Assessment
C&T 490Student Teaching
ELPS 537Governance & Organization
EPSY 480Promoting Student Social-Emotional Well-Being
SPED 506Advanced Practices for Children with Disabilities in the Elementary General Education Classroom
C&T 494Internship
C&T 495Seminar: Developing the Teaching Portfolio
EPSY 520Assessment

Please note: This is only a potential plan of study. Consult with your academic advisor before enrolling.


Program Curriculum Resources

Freshmen and transfer students will complete the KU Core Curriculum for general education requirements. Review the KU Academic Catalog or consult the program detail sheet for more comprehensive information on the required courses for the bachelor’s degree in elementary education at KU.



Program Faculty

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Nicole Babalola
Associate Teaching Professor
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Barbara A. Bradley
Professor, Reading Education, Elementary Education Program Coordinator
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Hyesun Cho
Associate Professor
Jaclyn Dudek
Jaclyn Dudek
Assistant Professor, Curriculum & Teaching, Assistant Research Professor, Achievement & Assessment Institute
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Kelli Ruth Feldman
Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Undergraduate Programs
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Dorothy E. Hines
Associate Professor
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Karen Ann Jorgensen
Teaching Professor
Jennifer A. Kurth
Jennifer A. Kurth
Associate Professor
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Carrie L. La Voy
Teaching Professor
Suzanne Robinson
Suzanne Marie Robinson
Associate Professor
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Kwangok Song
Associate Professor
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Steven Hugh White
Associate Professor, Elementary Education - Social Studies
Kathleen N Zimmerman
Kathleen N Zimmerman
Assistant Professor