Elementary Education, B.A.

Through engaging hands-on field experiences in local elementary schools, students will be prepared to work with students of varying needs and positively impact their lives. You will learn to engage students in inquiry, facilitate learning, develop curriculum, and collect, analyze and interpret student data to inform instruction.

Elementary Education Student Teaching Ferry Pass Elementary

Program Description

The Elementary Education program provides students with the professional education knowledge and skills necessary to teach students with diverse learning needs in kindergarten through grade 6. Upon graduation from this program, students are eligible for a Professional Florida Educator’s Certificate for teaching kindergarten through grade 6 students and endorsements in Reading and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). This is a competitive major that prepares University of West Florida graduates for the ever-changing world of education.

The program prepares individuals to teach reading, writing, science, mathematics, social studies, critical thinking skills, and problem solving strategies to elementary school students.

Eligibility for initial educator certification in most states is based on completion of a state approved educator preparation program. This program is approved in Florida. Even though you may be residing outside the State of Florida while in this program, your application for educator certification in other States will be processed as an out–of–state application. Read more about the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification for more information. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for teacher advancement.

Career Opportunities

  •  Public School Teacher (K-6)
  •  Private School Teacher (K-6)
  •  International School Teacher (K-6)


Department Contact

Teacher Education and Educational Leadership
University of West Florida
Building 85, Room 196
Pensacola, FL 32514

Catalog Description
Department's Website

Elementary Education is CAEP Accredited

The UWF Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education is accredited based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards through Spring 2025. CAEP is the only CHEA recognized national accreditor for educator preparation.

Accreditation Information
CAEP Accreditation Badge

Field Experiences

The Elementary Education degree program includes two 100-hour field experiences in K-6 classrooms under the careful supervision of an experienced teacher prior to their capstone experience, Student Teaching.

Field experiences are designed for UWF students to observe effective teaching practices and deepen their knowledge base related to content, the learner and learning, instructional practice, and professional responsibility. Students develop their planning and instructional skills as they tutor individual and small groups of K-6 students, and provide whole group instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies.

Field experience 2 also includes an emphasis on teaching English Language Learners. Student Teaching is the capstone experience for students in the Elementary Education program. During the semester-long experience, students gradually assume full teaching responsibilities in a K-6 classroom with the guidance and support of an experienced teacher. They demonstrate that they can effectively provide diverse K-6 students with rigorous standards-based instruction, and are prepared for their first teaching position.


A limited number of year-long paid internships in high-need Escambia County schools are available each year for exemplary students. These internships fulfill the student teaching requirement.

Internship form: Teacher Education and Educational Leadership


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