The BS in Elementary Education program prepares you for initial licensure as a kindergarten and elementary school teacher, which is a requirement to teach in most public school systems in the United States.

Career Outlook

As the federal government places more emphasis on high-quality programs and services for young children, career options in the child development field are predicted to grow.
  • According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections, student population growth, teacher turnover, and teacher retirement will drive the need for new elementary school teachers.
  • BLS projects employment of 1.5 million kindergarten and elementary school teachers by 2024, an increase of 6% over 2014 levels.*
  • Rural and urban schools will have the greatest need for new elementary school teachers during that time.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016—17 Edition, Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers, on the internet at


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