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What is elementary education?

Stimulate life-long learning and enrich the quality of life for students by teaching grades 1-8, including the subjects of mathematics, science, reading/language arts and social studies.

Why elementary education at OSU?

We integrate classroom curriculum with field experiences in schools that help you facilitate positive educational outcomes for your students. Upon degree completion, graduates are recommended to the Oklahoma State Department of Education for full teacher certification and are prepared to take certification exams in other states, if applicable. The high-quality reputation of our program makes graduates highly sought after for teaching positions in Oklahoma and beyond.

Career Paths

Career options may include:

 

  • Elementary school teacher
  • Middle school teacher
  • Other certification or specialization opportunities through the completion of a graduate degree  

Highlights

Preparing for the Digital Classroom  

You will gain in-depth knowledge of instructional methods, including teaching effectively with technology. We offer support for those pursuing Apple Teacher and Google Educator certifications. Additionally, we partner with the Emerging Technologies and Creativity Research Lab to explore imaginative ways to improve research, teaching and learning with emerging technologies.

 

Explore the Emerging Technologies and Creativity Research Lab

 

Hands-On Learning Opportunities 

Teacher and students in the classroomUnder faculty supervision, education students provide tutoring services for K-8 grade students in the community through the Randall and Carol White Reading and Mathematics Center. This hands-on learning experience helps our future teachers learn how to assess, identify, plan and implement individualized instruction.

 

Randall and Carol White Reading and Mathematics Center

 

Student Teaching Abroad 

Take your 15-week student teaching experience abroad, either to Costa Rica or Mexico. 

 

Learn more

 

Student Perspective

OSU Elementary Education Student

“One of my favorite classroom experiences was when I had the opportunity to actually tutor a child in reading as part of my Literacy Assessment course. I got to make lesson plans, assess his needs and watch his growth through the semester!”

- Lauren Gray
Elementary education graduate

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