What will I learn?

The Elementary Education undergraduate program at WKU leads to the Bachelor of Science degree and the Kentucky Elementary Certificate (P-5). Elementary Education is a Program Area in the School of Teacher Education in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. All teacher certification programs are accredited by Kentucky's Education Professional Standards Board and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and require completion of at least 200 hours of field experiences in appropriate off-campus settings. Teacher candidates are provided opportunities to serve as reflective decision makers in instructional settings of diverse learners in both upper and lower grade levels in elementary classrooms in the local school systems.

The School of Teacher Education offers several alternatives for graduate study in elementary education. At the Rank II level, there are the Master's of Arts in Education in Elementary Education for Teacher Leaders and the Planned 5th Year/Rank II Program in Elementary Education for Teacher Leaders. Both of these programs consist of two components: Professional Education which provides advanced level pedagogy, leadership, and content related to Kentucky Teacher Standards; and Specialization which directs the candidate into an individual program in content, pedagogy, and/or areas of professional growth concurrent with the goals of each candidate. An Action Research Project for Teacher Leaders focusing on a classroom, school, or district issue is the capstone for the completion of the programs.

A Planned Sixth-Year/Rank I program in Elementary Education that leads to the Rank I salary status for certified teachers in Kentucky is also offered. This program requires 30 semester hours in addition to the requirements for a Planned Fifth-Year program, or 60 semester hours including a master's degree. The School of Teacher Education offers the following endorsements for graduate study:

  • Elementary Education Math Specialist
  • Environmental Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Instructional Computer Technology

Which department am I in?

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$27,687.00 per year
Start date

18 January 2022


College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

1906 College Heights Blvd. #11030,



42101, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants are required to have successful completion of high school. Should have at least a 3.0 GPA overall and at least a 3.2 GPA in the selected Geoscience major, with a minimum of 45 earned hours

For international students

Applicants are required to have successful completion of high school with 2.5 GPA

English proficiency requirements (one of the following):

TOEFL IBT – 71; IELTS – 6.0; ELS – Level 109 PTE Academic – 52

We have rolling admission, which means we can admit students to WKU close to the start of each semester; however, we recommend that students apply at least two months before the start of their semester to ensure they have enough time to receive an I-20, student visa, housing, and scholarship information.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.