Elementary Education

School of Education
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Bachelor’s Degree

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

Program Overview

With an Elementary Education degree from USF Sarasota-Manatee, undergraduate students are prepared to meet the needs of diverse student learners through arts integration instructional strategies and English as a Second Language (ESOL) Endorsement. The Elementary Education Program is a nationally and regionally-accredited program with a curriculum that is current, research-based, and follows national requirements, state standards and best practices.

USFSM’s smaller class sizes allow teacher candidates to receive a superior education from faculty, providing comprehensive training and expertise through the most relevant research and innovative teaching methods. An Elementary Education degree from USFSM will equip students with unique and applicable skills that are widely recognized within the field.

The School of Education’s Center for Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT) is now the state’s official resource for arts-integrated instruction, a teaching method in which the arts are woven into academic lessons to help students understand and retain academic material.

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Is the Elementary Education Program Right for You?

Do you love collaborating with others? Are you inspired by working with children and are committed to their success? Do you feel passionate about guiding and mentoring young minds? If so, a career in Elementary Education may be the right career path for you!

Teachers are motivated to learn, lead and inspire future generations in addition to transforming the educational field. They feel committed to cultivating the success of younger generations and value life-long learning, collaboration and reflection as important components of both professional and personal growth. Teachers are devoted to caring for and molding young students into successful future leaders.

Future Careers

Elementary school teachers are always in high demand for both public and private school districts. Upon graduation from this program, students are eligible for Florida’s Professional Teaching Certificate in K-6 Elementary Education Instruction and ESOL Endorsement.

For more information on future careers and internships, please visit Career Services.

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