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Elementary Education: B.S.Ed. - Bachelor of Science in Education

Do you want to be an elementary school teacher working with prek-6th grade students? Our top-ranked elementary education program prepares teachers to support the academic and social-emotional growth of young learners.

At a Glance

Program Results

B.S.Ed. - Bachelor of Science in Education

in Elementary Education

Initial licensure in Virginia with Elementary preK-6 endorsement

Best Suited To

Current UVA undergraduates or transfer students from another institution.

Program Type

  • Full Time


  • In-Person

Estimated Length

4 years (or 2 academic years after admission into the program)

Application Deadline

  • Current UVA undergrads: February 1
  • Transfer students: March 1



About This Program

Our programs reflect the depth of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as we work together with our students toward actualizing a more just society. By drawing upon the expertise of experienced educators and community partners, we prepare teacher candidates to honor and grow the assets and resources that students bring to classrooms and schools. We lead with integrity, committed to student, family, and community success and well-being. We are equity-oriented teacher educators, collaborators, and innovators.

  • This top-ranked elementary education program's focus on applied learning combines foundational knowledge with significant experience in real classroom settings. 
  • In four years, aspiring preK-6th grade teachers can earn licensure, offering a more affordable pathway to becoming a teacher.
  • Students must transfer into this program and are invited to apply to this program as a first- or second-year student at UVA or if transferring from another institution.
  • Applicants must be on track to complete the teacher education general studies requirements, which are more specific than the general studies requirements from the College of Arts and Sciences or the School of Education and Human Development. 
  • Although you do not need to have all requirements done in advance, it is recommended you are nearly finished with these requirements if you are a second-year student applying to join us for your third year. 
  • Graduates from this program are eligible for guaranteed admission to select UVA master’s programs for up to five years after graduation.

Program Overview

Admission Requirements

Current UVA undergraduates interested in this major must apply to transfer to the School of Education and Human Development from the College of Arts and Sciences. Transfer students from other institutions should refer to the transfer student admission process to determine course requirements needed for your transfer application. This program does not accept applications from current high school students. For high school students interested in pursuing this major, application is first made for regular admission to UVA through the College of Arts and Sciences. Once at UVA, Students can then apply for transfer into this program in their first or second year of study.

Explore our Undergraduate Admission page to explore the application process specific to your background.

Undergraduate Admission

Application for admission is made to the School of Education and Human Development Office of Admission & Enrollment. For more information about the undergraduate admission process, please visit our Undergraduate Admission page.

Third-Year Coursework

Third Year: Fall

  • EDIS 2800: Understanding P-12 Educational Contexts 
  • EDIS 3011: Behavior and Classroom Management
  • EDIS 3015: Introduction to Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment 
  • EDIS 3221: Introduction to Reading Foundations 
  • EDIS 3881: Field Experience - Elementary (2 credits, practicum)

Prior to third-year spring, take the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment.

Third Year: Spring

Required coursework:

  • EDIS 4320: Mathematics in the Elementary School
  • EDIS 4310: Differentiating Reading Instruction 
  • EDIS 3881: Field Experience - Elementary (2 credits, practicum)

Students who have not completed the following must also take:

  • EDLF 3150: Introduction to Child Growth and Development (may substitute another approved child development course)
  • EDIS 3020: Exceptional Learner

Prior to fourth-year, complete licensure training modules and take the Praxis Elementary: Multiple Subjects and Praxis Teaching Reading: Elementary. 

Fourth-Year Coursework

Fourth-Year: Fall

Required coursework:

  • EDIS 4330: Science in the Elementary School (2 credits)
  • EDIS 4345: Social Studies in the Elementary School (2 credits)
  • EDIS 4851: Content Area Seminar - Elementary Language Arts
  • EDIS 4861: Clinical Experience in Elementary Education (6 credits, Internship I)

For Internship I, students are placed in a local elementary classroom, working alongside a mentor teacher three days per week. Placements begin in mid-August and continue through the end of November. 

Fourth-Year: Spring

Required coursework:

  • EDIS 4871: Seminar: Teaching Internship - Elementary
  • EDIS 4881: Teaching Internship - Elementary (12 credits, Internship II)

In Internship II, also known as “student teaching,” students are placed in a new elementary classroom. Students attend during contract hours every day from the first week of January to the end of April. Students may not take additional coursework during the final semester of study.

African American Teaching Fellows

African American Teaching Fellows (AATF) works to recruit, support, and retain African American teachers to serve the public schools of Charlottesville City and Albemarle County. Fellows become part of a network of African-American educators in the region, participate in a teacher-leader summer institute, receive mentorship and support from local teachers and administrators, and receive $5,000 toward the cost of tuition. Fellows commit to teaching in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area for several years after graduation.

Read more about AATF on their website; applications are typically due in January
Learn more about Executive Director Tamara Wilkerson
Hear from AATF's Program Director, Jaime Duke-Hawkins, and two AATF fellows

B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education News

Program Faculty

Lysandra Cook

Lysandra Cook

  • Professor
Colby Hall

Colby Hall

  • Assistant Professor
Wintre Foxworth Johnson

Wintre Foxworth Johnson

  • Assistant Professor
Judy Paulick

Judy Paulick

  • Assistant Professor
Stephen P Plaskon

Stephen P. Plaskon

  • Associate Professor
Robert H Tai

Robert H. Tai

  • Associate Professor
Jonee Wilson

Jonee Wilson

  • Assistant Professor

Contact Us


As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement, the University of Virginia (UVA) is authorized to provide curriculum in a distance learning environment to students located in all states in the United States except for California. (34 CFR 668.43(a)(6)& 34 CFR 668.72(n)). 

Upon completion of the B.S. in Education - Elementary Education program at the UVA School of Education and Human Development, graduates may be eligible for initial professional licensure in another U.S. state by applying to the licensing board or agency in that state. Please visit the University’s state authorization web pages to make an informed decision regarding which states’ educational requirements for initial licensure are met by this program. (668.43(a)(5) (v)(A) - (C)) 

Enrolled students who change their current (or mailing) address to a state other than Virginia should update this information immediately in the Student Information System as it may impact their ability to complete internship, practicum, or clinical hours, use Title IV funds, or meet licensure or certification requirements in the new state. (34 CFR 668.402). 

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record represents the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=54&poid=7221.