Bachelor of Science in Education - Elementary 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.

The UVA School of Education and Human Development's top-ranked Elementary Education program now offers a four-year undergraduate degree, providing a more affordable path to licensure for aspiring preK-6th grade teachers. With a focus on applied learning, our program combines foundational knowledge with significant experience in real classroom settings. UVA undergraduates are also eligible for early admission to our one-year master's programs.


Getting Started

Transfer Students: download our Transfer Guide for detailed information about transferring to UVA's Teacher Education program. 


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.

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The UVA School of Education and Human Development launched three new undergraduate teaching majors.

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Program Details


  • Admissions Requirements for UVA Students

    Connect with our dean's office

    Sign up for the undergraduate listserv, join an information session with our student ambassadors, and attend office hours. Access undergraduate program information, sessions, and events.

    Review your transcript

    Teacher Education 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 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. Download our advising guide for a current list of requirements. You can access this guide under "Getting Started" at the top of this webpage.

    Seek opportunities to work with youth

    We strongly recommend students applying to the Teacher Education program seek out experiences working with youth. These experiences will help you refine your professional goals and determine whether becoming a teacher is the right fit for you. Download a list of suggested opportunities for students.

    Apply by February 1 of your first or second year

    Complete the internal transfer application. You must declare a major (early childhood education, elementary education, or special education) when applying.

  • Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

    Review the Admissions Requirements

    Download the UVA Teacher Education transfer guide for detailed information about transferring to UVA's Teacher Education program from another institution. You can access this guide under "Getting Started" at the top of this webpage. 

    Seek opportunities to work with youth

    We strongly recommend students applying to the Teacher Education program seek out experiences working with youth. These experiences will help you refine your professional goals and determine whether becoming a teacher is the right fit for you. Download a list of suggested opportunities for students.

    Apply through the Common Application

    Apply to UVA through the Common Application. Be sure to adhere to application deadlines. The Teacher Education program only admits students for fall entry. You must identify the School of Education and Human Development as your school choice. You must also declare a major (early childhood education, elementary education, or special education) when applying.


    Students at Germanna are encouraged to pursue the Education AA&S or Education Specialization K-8 AA&S. These tracks prepare students to meet the general studies requirements for the School of Education and Human Development’s teacher education majors in early childhood, elementary, and special education. Students intending to transfer to the UVA's teacher education program should seek approval to take science courses in two different disciplines to meet the state licensure requirements.

    Students at John Tyler Community College are encouraged to pursue the Teacher Education Associate of Science. The coursework in this track aligns with the general studies requirements for UVA's teacher education majors in early childhood, elementary, and special education. At UVA, the requirements for special education majors are the same as the requirements for the early childhood and elementary majors. Therefore, this John Tyler track will meet the special education requirements at UVA.

    Students at PVCC may wish to pursue the Education-UVA track: https://www.pvcc.edu/programs/education-uva-track. This track is designed for pre-teacher education students interested in transfer to UVA's teacher education program to pursue a baccalaureate degree program in early childhood, elementary, or special education and enter the teaching field.

  • Application Due Date

    Current UVA undergraduate students must apply by February 1 at 11:59pm.

    External transfer students must adhere to the deadlines list on the Office of Undergraduate Admissions transfer website.

  • Public Professional Licensure Disclosures

    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 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 and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.