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Elementary Education Major, B.S.E.D.

Department Information

Department of Curriculum & Instruction
PO Box 70684
Phone: (423) 439-7595
Web Address:

Dr. Karin Keith, Chair
Phone: (423) 439-7598

Dr. Jamie Price, Program Coordinator
Phone: (423) 439-7583

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers approved teacher education programs that lead to a Bachelor of Science degree and licensure in the state of Tennessee. An undergraduate major is offered in Elementary Education, and we offer the courses required for licensure in fields of secondary education and K-12 teacher education at the undergraduate level.

Due to licensure requirements, specific general education core courses are mandated for all students who wish to complete the Elementary Education program.

Teacher Licensure Progression: Students wishing to pursue a course of study leading to an Elementary Education (K-5) teacher licensure may declare the major at any time. When declared, the student is admitted into the teacher licensure program after they have met the 2.75 GPA and background check requirement. The teacher candidate then proceeds through the established program of study meeting the detailed progression requirements in order to proceed. Failure to meet the established progression requirements will prevent a student from moving forward toward completing the degree/licensure. Each student will be advised throughout their program of study by either an advisor in the Clemmer College Office of Student Services or a faculty advisor in the department of the major.

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

General Education 41-42 credits
Major Total Requirement 79 credits
     Major Core    (33 credits)
     Professional Education Requirement    (34 credits)
     Residency II Requirement    (12 credits)
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: ELME-BSED  

General Education Requirements  

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

Major Specific courses listed in General Education Requirements:  

Total Requirements for Elementary Education Major: 79 credits

Grade Requirement: Must have earned a grade of “C” or higher in all courses included in the major.

Elementary Education Major Requirement: 33 credits

No Minor Required

Additional Information

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. 

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.