UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Michelle Kelley Sunnyside Elementary School

Majors & Minors

Elementary Education Degree

Program Overview

Elementary educators play a vital role in supporting the intellectual, social and emotional development of children in grades 1-5. Their instruction and guidance provides students with the foundation needed to be academically successful.

Highlights of the Elementary Education Major

  • The program blends academic coursework and hands-on teaching experiences.

  • Students are given the opportunity to observe elementary-level classrooms in their first semester of the program. They also experience more than 300 hours of teaching in local schools prior to their first full semester of student teaching.

  • Students experience small class sizes and an accessible faculty with a distinguished history of preparing future educators.

  • Elementary Education majors are eligible for a teaching license in Wisconsin for grades 1-8. With the addition of the Early Childhood Education minor, they can teach at the pre-K level.  

Skills and Learning Outcomes

As a student in this program, you will learn to:

  • Implement best practices in preparing and developing classroom materials, schedules and lessons to instruct students.
  • Develop and use assessments to evaluate student performance and to promote intellectual, personal and social growth of students.
  • Gain an understanding of each student's diverse needs and how to meet them through instruction.

Career Opportunities

This program will prepare you for a career in elementary education. Our graduates gain employment as teachers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and beyond. Below is a list of potential job titles and employers that graduates have found employment or internship opportunities with.

Potential Job Titles

  • Elementary Education Teacher

Employers

  • Hudson School District (Wis.)
  • School District of River Falls (Wis.)
  • Stillwater School District (Minn.)
  • South Washington County School District (Minn.)
  • St. Paul School District (Minn.)
  • Osseo High School (Minn.)
  • Hastings School District (Minn.)
  • New Richmond School District (Wis.)

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