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Why Study Elementary Education?

Elementary educators provide foundational guidance and instruction for children in grades 1-5 and play a vital role in supporting their intellectual, social and emotional development. Preparing educators has been a cornerstone of UW-River Falls since our founding and our elementary education majors benefit from the strength of our program. Personalized learning, hands-on teaching experiences and knowledgeable faculty prepare our students for the classroom.

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate proficiency in best practices and implement them in the preparation and development of classroom materials, schedules and lessons for students.
  • Design, implement and assess teaching tools.
  • Develop and use assessments to evaluate student performance and promote intellectual, personal and social growth of students.
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Understand students’ diverse needs and utilize tools to meet needs through instruction.


Types of Courses

  • Children's Literature for Elementary Education
  • Educational Psychology: Elementary Ed
  • Foundations of Diversity and Equity in Education
  • School and Society
  • Techniques in Elementary Education: Language Arts
  • Techniques in Elementary Education: Mathematics
  • Techniques in Elementary Education: Science
  • Techniques in Elementary Education: Middle School Social Studies
  • Introduction to Special Education

“I was able to learn from so many inspiring professors who really care for not only my academics but me as a person. They take the time to get to know you as an individual and went above and beyond to help support my journey. My courses enabled me the opportunity to have a variety of field experiences. I was able to learn and teach in a classroom alongside some amazing cooperative teachers that I have been able to learn so much from.”

– Sierra Barber, elementary education major, general science minor

4-Year Plan

Potential Careers

UWRF’s elementary education program prepares you for a career in elementary education. Our graduates land teaching positions each year in Wisconsin, Minnesota and beyond. Elementary education majors are eligible for a teaching license in Wisconsin for grades K-9. With the addition of the early childhood education minor, you can teach at the pre-K level.