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Elementary Education BSE - Grades 1 - 6

Make a Difference in Children’s Lives

By pursuing a major in Elementary Education - Grades 1-6 Option at the University of Central Missouri, you’ll be prepared to teach children in grades 1 through 6 who come from diverse backgrounds and have unique learning strengths and challenges. You’ll learn how to effectively implement instruction using a wide variety of approaches. You’ll also learn how to use technology to enhance teaching and learning. You’ll become a UCM educator: a competent, caring reflective practitioner committed to the premise that all can learn.

Experiential Learning

At UCM, we believe you learn best by doing. That’s why you’ll receive extensive classroom teaching opportunities in multiple grade levels and settings well before you graduate. In fact our goal is for you to have classroom placements in every grade in which you will be certified to teach. 


Engaged Faculty

Our faculty in Elementary Education served in a variety of roles from elementary teachers, instructional coaches, and former school administrators. The faculty have the knowledge and skills to help you develop as an educator. Your instructors and professors are with you in your field placements to provide support. Working alongside elementary teachers and students ensures we stay current and are preparing you well for the reality of today’s classrooms.


Find Your Place

UCM offers many ways for students to be involved. Education students may choose to join student chapters of the Missouri State Teachers Association or the National Education Association. Members of Kappa Delta Pi, an education honor society, sponsor a variety of projects designed to support area schools and organizations. If visiting other countries is appealing, our department sponsors two Study Abroad trips each year.


Our Mission

Our mission is to maintain high standards of professional excellence to prepare future teachers who can deliver research-based instructional practices to meet the needs of all students.


Program Outcomes

As a graduate of our Elementary Education program, you will:

  • Demonstrate and apply understandings of major concepts, skills, and practices, as they interpret disciplinary curricular standards and related expectations within and across literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies for grades 1-6.
  • Plan and adapt instructional sequences and justify their selection of goals, assessments, and instructional strategies to promote student learning.
  • Deliver instruction using a variety of effective instructional practices guided by knowledge of children and assessment of students learning.
  • Demonstrate effective classroom management strategies and engagement techniques to promote student learning.

Team Advising Approach

We use a team advising approach for our students. Your academic advisor will make sure you are taking courses in the correct sequence and that you are meeting all requirements for Missouri teaching certification. You will also be assigned a faculty advisor who will be one of your professors. Your faculty advisor will work closely with you when you begin taking major and professional education courses.

Early Field Experience

You will be placed in an elementary classroom for the first time in your second or third semester at UCM. You will complete a six-hour block of foundations courses and spend 30 hours in an elementary classroom. This will allow you to see teaching from a teacher’s perspective and help you know for sure you are on the right path.

Junior Year Blocks

During your junior year, you will complete two blocks. A block is a combination of courses and an extensive placement in an elementary classroom. All of your courses will be about teaching and learning. You will be placed in an elementary classroom and primarily work with small groups of children – you will teach them, interview them, assess them, read with them, and play games with them.

Senior Year Blocks

During this year, you really start assuming the work of the teacher. You’ll plan with your cooperating teacher and teach the whole class. You’ll attend professional development and meetings along with your teacher. The second semester is student teaching and you will be placed with one of the teachers you worked with first semester. This means the transition to student teaching is smooth!

Student Teaching and Certification

The Clinical Services and Certification Office is located in Lovinger 2170. This office monitors your progress from admission to teacher education through student teaching and finalizes your certification with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The staff of Clinical Services Office will oversee your field experiences, including your student teaching placement.



UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri


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