May 29, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

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

Department Information

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

Dr. Jamie Price, Interim Chair and 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 students may choose to take coursework that leads to a dual license in Elementary Education (K-5) as well as PreK-12 English as a Second Language.  The Department also offers the courses required for licensure in fields of secondary education and K-12 teacher education at the undergraduate level.

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 Success or a faculty advisor in the department of the major.

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

Compass Core Curriculum

41-42 credits
Major Total Requirement 76 credits
     Major Core    (58 credits)
     Pathways    (6 credits)
     Residency II or Non-Licensure    (12 credits)
Free Electives 2-3 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: ELME-BSED   

Compass Core Curriculum  

These requirements include earning 40-43 credits in Strengthening Foundations, Understanding Natural and Social Worlds, Exploring Connections, Cultivate Artistic Awareness, and Growing as an Individual and Global Citizen categories.

Total Requirements for Elementary Education Major: 76 credits

Grade Requirement: A “B-” (2.7) or better required in EDFN 2400 . A “C”(2.0) or better is required in all other major courses.

Pathway: 6 credits

Choose one pathway option:

Dual License Elementary/ESL Pathway

  • World Language or equivalent (3 credits)
  • World Language or equivalent (3 credits)

Elementary Pathway (with potential for ESL Add-On Option)

Non-Licensure or Licensure Option: 12 credits

Choose one option:


  • Advisor Approved Electives (12 credits)

No Minor Required

Free Electives: 2-3 credits

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. CSCI 1100  has arequired lab course, CSCI 1150 .

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

Clemmer College of Education and Human Development Licensure Information and Policy

Click Clemmer College of Education and Human Development  for more information on non-teaching programs, add-on endorsements, educator preparation at ETSU, Title II report information, educator preparation in Clemmer College of Education and Human Development, graduation requirements, secondary education minor, transfer students, teacher education progression requirements, admission to teacher licensure program, and requirements for entry into residency, etc.