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Elementary Education

Education That Inspires

Be a Catalyst For Change in a Child’s Life

There has never been a more important or a more exciting time to consider a career as an elementary school educator. After many years of debate, there is consensus on the brain science that children’s most formative years are their youngest years. That places the teachers of our youngest learners at the most critical point of students’ academic careers. At ground zero for learning, elementary educators teach, nurture, support, and love students as they grow and develop academically, socially, and emotionally. School of Education faculty place great emphasis on advocacy for families and children, particularly children from traditionally underserved populations.

Belmont's Elementary Education: Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, B.A./B.S. (K-5 Licensure) is approved by the Tennessee Department of Education as an educator preparation program leading to teacher licensure, and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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January 2023 Adult Degree Program Start Date

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Why Elementary Education at Belmont?

  • You will be in the classroom as early as your first semester. At Belmont, your first education course will expose you to classroom settings because there is no better time to dive in!

  • General Education course requirements can be fulfilled through our 8-week evening semester classes, full-term daytime or evening classes, some online options or a combination of all.
  • Classmates with common goals: your adult student peers, average age 31, are motivated, experienced professionals balancing the demands of family, work and school.

Gain Skills & Expertise

Here's what you'll do in our Elementary Education Program:

  • Obtain an interdisciplinary academic foundation across content areas you will draw from as a teacher of multiple subject areas.
  • Engage with children and educators in school and classroom settings from your very first education courses taken as a freshman
  • Prepare for supporting the whole child, including children’s academic, social, and emotional needs
  • Prepare for effectively integrating technology into your planning, instruction, and assessment practices
  • Prepare and practice with designing and delivering engaging, academic standards-aligned lessons
  • Prepare and support for using culturally responsive approaches to instruction and classroom management
  • An academic minor in an area of your choosing, including English as a Second Language (ESL) which prepares students for the add-on ESL teaching endorsement
  • Receive targeted and individual support with preparing for state-required teacher licensure examinations
  • Student teach in the final semester of study which includes mentoring and professional support from your mentor teacher, your School of Education faculty, and a clinical teaching supervisor

School of Education

In addition to the expertise of our Adult Degree Program staff, you'll also have access to Belmont's School of Education, where our vision is to be a leader among educator preparation programs that “empowers men and women to transform the world” as educators and organizational leaders who champion equity, opportunity, and dignity for all.

A faculty advisor will meet with you regularly to discuss your academic and career interests, and you'll be supported by Belmont's Center for Career & Professional Development while you are here and after you leave! 

Earn An Initial Teaching License

The elementary education degree leads to initial teacher licensure for grades K -5, equipping you to teach in public or private elementary schools in Tennessee or another state. Our faculty work directly with the Department of Education in the state in which you want to gain licensure in order to prepare you for that state's specific requirements. Learn more about licensure.