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Field of Study: Elementary Education and Teaching


Elementary education and teaching programs prepare people to teach grades one through eight.



In elementary education and teaching students learn to teach all subject areas to young children. They learn to plan lessons and projects designed to motivate and challenge students. They also learn to counsel students and work with families.

Elementary education and teaching programs include topics such as:

  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Child psychology
  • Specific subject areas

Most teaching programs require students to complete a practicum, or student teaching experience, before graduation. As student teachers, students work in a classroom under the supervision of a licensed teacher.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degree programs in elementary education. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many colleges and universities also offer graduate programs in elementary teacher education. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.