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Bachelor of Science (BS) in Elementary Education

bachelors in elementary education.

Light a spark.

Teaching is tough. But when you see that little light bulb blink on over a once struggling student’s head, it’s all worth it. Your commitment to their understanding is very powerful.

Research has shown how crucial the early years are to a child’s long-term development — socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. Dedicated elementary education teachers can make huge impacts in their students’ lives, and help to lay this critical foundation.

As a bachelors in elementary education student at William Woods University, you will engage in a curriculum that explores both content knowledge and pedagogical skills — what to teach and how to teach it. You will learn the nuances of how to teach effectively so that all students learn.

Learn from our faculty with many years of experience and in many venues of education — public school systems, private school systems, and higher education systems in Missouri and beyond. The knowledge and skills they bring with them resonate in every class they teach.

Learn about obtaining the Early Childhood Certification Concentration.

Special opportunities

Our distinguished programs create highly sought after educators. Principals, superintendents, and other administrators across Missouri reach out to us for partnerships, substitutes and applicants because we turn out teachers who are ready to help students excel.

You will have access to:

  • Unique opportunities for observation and student-teaching placement in classrooms of rural, urban and suburban areas
  • Experiences working in area classrooms early in your education
  • Advanced coursework to obtain an Early Childhood Certification Concentration, which will prepare you for teaching in the earliest stages of a child’s education
  • Individualized programs that afford you the opportunity to work 1:1 with our dedicated faculty, who are then able to concentrate on augmenting your strengths and developing any weakness
  • Coursework that gets you involved in the community
    • In Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities (EDU 441) for example, students work one-on-one in reading with a student in the community
  • Service-learning activities, such as math fairs, tutoring, health fairs, practical learning labs and more
  • The opportunity to join the international honor society in education, Kappa Delta Pi, where teachers and future teachers come together
  • Encouragement to substitute in area schools once you have completed 60 college hours — a great opportunity to meet professionals in local schools that often leads to job offers.

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Our Elementary Education degree at Work

At William Woods University, elementary education students are thoroughly prepared to teach grades 1-6 in the state of Missouri. Those with the Early Childhood Certification Concentration can teach children from infancy through third grade.

Graduates with an education degree can also pursue careers as an Instructional designer, trainer, athletic or education program director, resource teacher and more.

Employment opportunities

Most elementary alumni begin working in Missouri schools within months of graduation. Many go on to pursue graduate degrees like a Master’s in education, curriculum and instruction, administration and more.

Recent Employers

Our students are highly sought after by distinguished employers across the country, including:

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Alumni Perspectives

We have some phenomenal teachers. Not only are they knowledgeable and supportive, but they also have a broad background of teaching experiences.

— Sarah Zolinski, B.S. in Elementary Education and B.S. in Equestrian Science, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

At William Woods University the professors made teaching fun and enjoyable. The education department at WWU prepares future teachers to set foot in their own classrooms. Learning doesn't stop after you leave the doors of the education department at William Woods University. Professors still keep in contact with me about my teaching styles and new techniques to use in my classroom.

— Shannon Barnard, B.S. in Elementary Education, Current teacher at Jefferson City Public Schools


The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree at William Woods University consists of 122 distinct credit hours for graduation—including 64 core major credits, 12 required elective credits, and a 21-hour concentration in an eligible academic area.

Courses you may take

EDU 201

Multicultural Education -D


EDU 211

Educational Technology I


EDU 231

Exceptional Child


EDU 250

Foundations of Education


EDU 291

Beginning Clinical Experience


EDU 317

Teaching Language Arts & Children's Literature


EDU 318

Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary/Middle Grades


EDU 319

Teaching Science in the Elementary/Middle Grades


EDU 341

Teaching Mathematics


EDU 351

Language Development


EDU 392

Reading & Wrtng in the Content Area


EDU 393

Teaching Reading and Writing


EDU 395

Intermediate Clinical Experience


EDU 422

Measurement & Assessment in Education


EDU 441

Student Centered Reading & Writing


EDU 453

Classroom Management


EDU 490

Supervised Teaching (Elementary)


EDU 492

Educational Seminar


MAT 231

Understanding Mathematics for Tchrs


PED 352

Instrctnl Techniques in Health K-12


PSY 221

Educational Psychology -S


PSY 226

Child and Adolescent Development -S



Admissions Information

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