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Elementary Education – Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Who was that teacher who pressed that dinosaur book into your hands? Or urged you to read your first chapter book? Who gave you the confidence to enter the science fair? Or paint your first water color?

Who was that teacher who looked at you with boundless optimism and inspired to do more and try harder?

Be that teacher.

The University of Wyoming’s top-ranked elementary education program can prepare you to help the next generation of children to do more and try harder, too.

What is Elementary Education?

The elementary education major prepares you to teach grades K-6 with eligibility for Wyoming teaching licensure. In addition to your K-6 certificate, you can also earn a Wyoming early childhood endorsement by choosing the interdisciplinary early childhood minor, which equips you to work with children from birth through grade 3.

As an elementary education major, you will study a broad range of subjects, while also learning the “whys” and “how tos” of teaching elementary-aged students.

More to the point, you will spend a lot of time in classrooms observing, trying out lesson plans and eventually student teaching in a classroom with a supportive mentor, so that you graduate—boots on—and ready to go.

Quick Facts

Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


  • Early Childhood Education
  • Literacy

Resident Tuition: $134/credit hour

Non-resident Tuition: $537/credit hour

School of Teacher Education

Top 2% of undergraduate elementary education programs in the country, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality

Elementary Education Bachelor’s Degree Program Highlights

As a University of Wyoming elementary education student, you will be studying in one of the top programs in the country. ranks UW’s elementary teacher ed program as 6th in the nation while the National Council on Teacher Quality places us in the top 2 percent.

Here are some reasons why:

Classroom experience. You will start working in public school classrooms by your sophomore year—at the latest—acquiring experience with rural and urban schools.

Student teaching. Student teaching placements happen 1.5 years prior to your actual student-teaching semester, so you will get to spend plenty of practicum hours in your school setting before collaboratively teaching with a supportive mentor.

Accredited. The UW College of Education is nationally accredited by NCATE/CAEP. The elementary education program received national recognition from the Association for Childhood Education International.

University of Wyoming Lab School. UW has a K-9 public school right on campus. This learner-centered environment provides you with your own learning laboratory for practicums and student teaching.

High-tech teaching. We offer you the chance to test-drive your teaching—and get feedback—through our special virtual reality system, Mursion.

Scholarships. Every year the College of Education provides students with about $300,000 in scholarships. (Tip: Ask your admission counselor!)

Literacy Research Center and Clinic. This on-campus clinic offers free or low-cost assessment and tutoring to school-aged children throughout Wyoming and it’s a great place to get teaching experience.

LAMP. This is a mentoring and professional development program to bring active-learning strategies into Wyoming science classrooms, and it offers you the chance to teach active learning.

What Can You Do With an Elementary Education Bachelor’s Degree?

A bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Wyoming gives you the knowledge and skills necessary for you to make a difference in children’s lives as a classroom teacher or to pursue a graduate degree in a related field.  

In a recent survey of UW education alumni, 85 percent of survey respondents who graduated in 2017 were working as classroom teachers, 10 percent were pursuing advanced degrees and 5 percent decided not to teach.

Elementary Education Careers

UW School of Teacher Education graduates hold titles such as:

  • Elementary education teacher
  • Principal
  • Reading specialist
  • Special education teacher
  • District elementary literacy coach
  • Deputy superintendent
  • Elementary lead teaching partner
  • Education consultant
  • Music teacher
  • Continuous improvement supervisor

Here are just a few settings where University of Wyoming elementary education alumni are making their contributions felt:

  • Laramie County School District
  • Natrona County Schools
  • Carbon County School District One
  • Carbon County School District #2
  • Campbell County School District
  • Fremont County School District
  • Denver Public Schools
  • Poudre School District
  • Sweetwater County School District 1
  • Jefferson County Public Schools
  • Adams 12 Five Star Schools
  • Aurora Public Schools
  • State of Wyoming
  • Wyoming Department of Education

Amazing Stories from Elementary Education Majors

“Laramie was one of the most wonderful things that happened to me. Not only did I get to be involved in a lot of activities, but it also prepared me for my career. I had opportunities at UW that led me to where I am now.”

-Trista Ostrom, B.A. ’13, M.S. ’16, is the executive director of the Wyoming Congressional Award. The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans who participate in public service, personal development, fitness, expedition and exploration. In 2018 Wyoming youth won 56 gold Congressional Awards second only to the number awarded to students in California, a much-more populated state.

Examples of Elementary Education Degree Program Courses

These are just some of the classes you might take as an elementary education major at the University of Wyoming:

  • Teaching with Technology
  • Diversity and Politics of Schooling
  • Teacher as Practitioner
  • Life Science in Elementary School
  • Literature for Children
  • Elementary Methods

View the full Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education degree program curriculum. (PDF)

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