Elementary Education

For many students, the idea of becoming elementary school teachers is more than just a career choice–it is a calling.

The elementary education major is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that focuses on the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to teach children, grades 4K-9, in the state of Wisconsin. Successful candidates in the program earn a bachelor's degree and Wisconsin teaching license in K-9 Elementary and Middle, which allows them to teach 4-year-old kindergarten through ninth grade. Our graduates are well prepared to engage students in inquiry, facilitate learning, develop curriculum and use student data to inform instruction.

In addition to a major in elementary education, students are encouraged to minor in early childhood special education (PreK-3rd grade Early Childhood Special Education license), minor in health education (K-12 Health license), minor in teaching English as a second language (ESL K-12 teaching license), minor or double major in special education (K-12 Cross Categorical Special Education license), double major in early childhood education (PreK-3rd grade license) or pursue any one of a number of minors or certificates.

Praised for its program outcomes, graduation and retention rates, advising services, student organization opportunities and vast program options, UW-Stevens Point was ranked second in the U.S. on Study.com’s Best Colleges for Education Majors list.

Explore Career Opportunities in Elementary Education

UW-Stevens Point graduates in the School of Education typically have some of the highest placement rates of full-time teaching jobs within their first year after graduation across the UW System.​ For example, more than 85 percent of our recent elementary education graduates have been hired within one year of graduation.

Our alumni are high-quality educators who experience high career success. They are responsive to the needs of their students and positively impact our diverse world. See where our graduates are working on our alumni map.

Get Involved on Campus

Through volunteer opportunities and varied professional development opportunities, you’ll be an active learner closely involved in real-world situations designed to ensure your professional success.

Our students are academically engaged, highly motivated and actively involved at the local, state, national and international levels. Student organizations are vital to your pre-professional experiences. As such, the School of Education sponsors the following organizations: Aspiring Educators, Association for the Education of Young Children, Kappa Delta Pi, Student Council for Exceptional Children, and Students for Health, Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation.

You may be lucky enough to work with one of the Neale Fellows, select teachers whose projects make a difference at their schools and who work jointly with faculty teaching your classes.

Gain Experience Outside the Classroom

Our program provides students with frequent opportunities for hands-on learning in PK-12 classrooms and schools. This includes practicum experiences working with school-aged children early and often throughout the program. The Elementary Methods Block (EMB) is a significant practicum experience one semester prior to student teaching in which elementary education majors spend six to eight weeks immersed in the Stevens Point Area Public School District.

Student teaching is the culminating experience in the teacher candidate’s academic program of study at UW-Stevens Point. It provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to practice and refine their knowledge and skills under the supervision and guidance of cooperating teachers and our own faculty who have dedicated their careers to education and a lifetime of student learning.

Meet Your Elementary Education Professors

Our School of Education faculty and staff are caring, involved and committed to student success. They are dynamically responsive to the changes happening in education and offer outstanding support to our students’ professional preparation.

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