Emerge as an elementary educator with the knowledge and practices required to meet the diverse learning needs and interests of all students.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Elementary Education and Teaching is the program for students who want to work with general education children PreK–6.

Benefit from small class sizes, innovative course content, and hands-on field observations with full-time faculty who are experts in their areas of study.

Field Experiences

Work closely with your professors to implement class content in authentic settings. Your field experiences start prior to your student teaching, are embedded into coursework, and are developmentally aligned to scaffold instruction over four years.

Engage in a variety of authentic field experiences in PK-6 classrooms with approximately 180 content hours in the field in topics that include:

  • Student research
  • Human growth and development
  • Assessment
  • Reading and literacy
  • Content area methods
  • Behavior management

Student Teaching

Complete your student teaching experiences throughout the state and participate in a virtual seminar, receiving individual support from your

  • University Supervisor
  • Faculty Coach
  • Peers

Career Paths

Program graduates go on to become elementary school teachers and/or instructional leaders.

What You'll Study

Elementary Education Courses

Students will complete content area courses and education courses focusing on foundations, methods, and embedded field experiences in a variety of elementary settings.​

Sample 4- Year Plan

Elementary Education & Teaching, Teacher Preparation Concentration (pdf)

Prior to Admittance to Teacher Preparation

  • EDUC 245 (3 credits) Human Growth as a Function of Social, Political and Economic Institutions
  • EDUC 261 (3 credits) Introduction to the Teaching Profession: Practicum (30 hours in the field)
  • EDUC 280 (2 credits) Instructional Design and Assessment
  • SPED 389 (3 credits) Survey of Exceptional Children

After Admittance to Teacher Preparation

  • EDUC 310 (3 credits) Foundations of Literacy Instruction
  • EDUC 361 (2 credits) Practicum Integration (60 hours in the field)
  • EDUC 423 (3 credits) Elementary Literacy Methods
  • EDUC 433 (3 credits) Elementary Mathematics, Science, & Social Studies Methods
  • EDUC 461 (3 credits) Practicum Application (90 hours in the field)
  • EDUC 467 (3 credits) Classroom Management and System Issues
  • EDUC 401 (10 credits) Elementary Directed Teaching (Student Teaching)
  • EDUC 420 (2 credits) Student Teaching Seminar (Virtual)

Teacher Preparation Requirements

In order to be admitted into Longwood University’s Teacher Preparation Program for Elementary Education, students must submit the following documentation for review by the Office of Teacher Preparation (OTP):

Initial Licensure Requirements

In order to be eligible for initial licensure, students must complete the following additional state licensure tests prior to students teaching: