Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education (Grades PreK-6)

If you want to teach in the elementary grades, Washburn University’s teacher preparation program will give you classroom opportunities in urban, suburban and rural schools. Washburn’s small classes ensure you will develop meaningful connections with peers and professors that will help you be successful on necessary exams and throughout your career. And because Washburn education graduates are sought after, you are likely to have a job lined up before graduation.
Career Forecast Growing OutlookAverage Salary $54,460on campus
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Why elementary education at Washburn?

As a future educator at Washburn, you will have access to opportunities that prioritize your growth, skill development, and creativity. With opportunities including study abroad and community engaged learning, you will develop skills in classroom and self-management, professionalism, and reflective practice that will serve you throughout your career as an educator.

You can earn a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education (Grades PreK-6) alone or with an added endorsement or second license that will make you more versatile and prepare you for licensure in more than one area. You will work with your advisor and the licensure officer to ensure you are meeting the necessary course requirements in order to reach your career goals.

Optional emphasis areas:

These courses are in addition to those required for the B.Ed. in Elementary Education.

  • EN 133 Stories Around the World or English literature equivalent. (Explore your options at the English Department website.)  (3)
  • EN 310 English Grammar/Linguistics (3)
  • EN 320 Teaching Young Adult Literature (3)
  • EN 330 American Literature through 1865 (3)
  • ED 340 Teaching Adolescents in Mid Level and ED 348 Mid Level English/LA Practicum (3) ED 340 and ED 348 will be taken in semester prior to Student Teaching
Full degree plan
  • HI 101 Changing World History (3)
  • HI 112 History of the US II (3)
  • HI 303 Colonial America or any 300 level American History (3)
  • HI 322 Kansas History (3)
  • ED 340 Teaching Adolescents in Mid Level and ED 346 Middle Level History Practicum (3) ED 340 and ED 346 will be taken in semester prior to Student Teaching
Full degree plan
  • MA 116 College Algebra (3)
  • MA 281 History (1) Even Spring only, or Independent Study
  • MA 117 Trigonometry
  • MA 140 Statistics (3) MA 116 is prerequisite
  • MA 204 Number Theory/Discrete (3) spring only
  • MA 320 Math for Middle School (3) even-years fall only 
  • ED 340 Teaching Adolescents in Mid Level (2) and ED 349 Middle Level Math Practicum (1) ED 340 and ED 349 are taken in the semester prior to student teaching block.
Your math requirements will be different than other Elementary Education majors. View the full degree plan

Required for a provisional license and admission to a Master of Education program with an emphasis in high incidence special education.

  • SE 420 Educational Planning (3) summer only
  • SE 430 Methods and Materials (3) fall only
  • SE 440 Individual and Group Management (3) fall only
  • SE 456 Special Education Practicum (4)
Full degree plan
NOTE: If interested in pursuing a graduate degree in special education, Washburn’s program automatically admits its B.Ed. graduates. Learn more
  • ED 461 ESOL Assessment (3) fall only
  • ED 463 ESOL Teaching and Learning (3) fall only
  • ED 450 Methods and Cross Cultural Communication (3) spring only
  • ED 464 ESOL Practicum (3)
  • ED 466 Linguistics (3)
  • ED 440 P-12 Student Teaching (4)
Full degree plan
CAREER FORECAST: growing outlook

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or more of Washburn Education majors have passed their licensure exams on the first attempt since 2017.

Important qualities for this major

Love children
Passion for content area
Ability to work with both children and adults
“Life Long Learner”

GET IN TOUCH WITH Department of Education

Department of Education
Education Building, Room 156
1731 SW Plass Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1427

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