Elementary Education (K-6)
Bachelor of Science
Leave a lasting legacy and enjoy a rewarding career in education by earning your Bachelor of Science in elementary education (K-6) from the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.
UAFS's Bachelor of Science in elementary education (K-6) program combines advanced theory with extensive hands-on public school experience to deliver a degree that ensures you are ready to lead your classroom upon graduation. UAFS's program is the only one in the state of Arkansas to offer Teacher Apprenticeships and one of only two to incorporate Professional Development Schools into its curriculum.
- Alma Public Schools
- Broken Arrow Public Schools
- Chico Public Schools
- Fort Smith Public Schools
- Greenwood Public Schools
- Hackett Public Schools
- Highland Park Public Schools
- Lavaca Public Schools
- Magnolia Public Schools
- Sallisaw Public Schools
- Waldron Public Schools
There is a separate application process for this program, and requirements for admission may change over time. Students must meet admission requirements current at the time of their final application for admission to the teacher education program.
The elementary education program is designed for students who have graduated in the top half of their high school class and have maintained a minimum 2.75 GPA during their first two years of college. Candidates must meet these criteria to be considered for admission into the program.
Certificate of Proficiency
This 9-credit hour program provides curriculum designed for those in helping professions such as human services, health care organizations, educators, and others. Courses include Intermediate Spanish I, II, and Spanish for the Professions. Beginning Spanish I and II, or required placement scores are prerequisites for Intermediate Spanish I.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Articulate content knowledge in Math, Social Studies, Reading, and Science to proficiently teach K-6 Arkansas content area standards in the classroom environment.
- Construct an appropriate response to diversity in the classroom, to prepare teacher candidates for appropriate differentiated instruction. Teacher candidates will demonstrate evidence-based best practices to meet the needs of all students in the classroom environment.
- Articulate developmentally appropriate evidence-based instruction, demonstrating proficiency in content, lesson planning, differentiation, and reflective practices.
- Prioritize professional collaboration by engaging with colleagues, families, and communities in a respectful, reciprocal relationship that fosters classroom development
Accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation is a seal of approval that assures quality in educator preparation. Accreditation makes sure that educator programs prepare new teachers to know their subjects, their students, and have the clinical training that allows them to enter the classroom ready to teach effectively.