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Elementary Education, Bachelor of Arts (grades K-6)

Some amazing classes
you can take at Saint Leo

  • Classroom Management
  • Educational Technology
  • Teaching Diverse Populations
  • Reading Foundations in the Elementary Classroom
  • ESOL Applications
  • Courses in teaching Elementary: Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts

Why choose our Elementary Education degree?

As a teacher, you play a significant role in a child’s life. Earn your bachelor degree in Elementary Education, and become the next person to inspire and shape future generations.

Through a series of supervised internships, B.A. Elementary Education students accumulate more than 800 hours of clinical experience by the end of their senior year—almost double the hours recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. By the time you graduate, you’ll be well equipped to command a classroom of your own as a certified K-6 teacher. Because of our emphasis on practical field experiences, principals often note how ready our students are for final internships. Please note that the Elementary Education program is only offered in Florida. 

Saint Leo’s Education department has received national recognition for its comprehensive curriculum, extensive field experiences and values-based instruction. In 2011, the department was named a national finalist for the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award, presented by the Association of Teacher Educators. In 2014 the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education recognized Saint Leo's Education Department for its "Innovative use of technology". And, according to a recent survey, between 92-98% of school principals who've had a Saint Leo grad and first-year teacher at their school report that they'd provide a positive recommendation for hiring. Another reason to choose Saint Leo- In the past 10 years more than 60 Saint Leo University graduates have become "Teachers of the Year" in their local schools and districts!

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What can you do with an Elementary Education degree?

All students who receive Saint Leo’s bachelor degree in Elementary Education are certified to teach K-6 grades and also earn their ESOL and Reading Endorsements. Many Saint Leo graduates become leaders in their schools and districts often going on to pursue masters degrees in Education Leadership, Reading or Special Education. Possible job routes include:

  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Reading Teacher
  • ESOL Teacher

Professional development opportunities.

Florida Teacher Certification

Saint Leo graduates qualify for Florida certification for grades K-6, including ESOL and Reading Endorsements.

Student teaching

Hone your skills through no less than four field placements, including a fulltime internship for one semester your senior year. A Saint Leo supervisor observes and coaches you throughout each placement.

Professional seminar

Prepare yourself for the job market. Create your resume, meet with school district representatives to learn about the application process, and participate in mock interviews with school principals and district administrators.

21st century classroom

Discover how to enhance learning with technologies such as iPads, the Mimio Teach and student response systems assessment system and interactive white Boards.


Attend at least one professional conference before graduation, such as the Florida Reading Association or the Florida Council of Teachers of Math.

Co-curricular activities

Participate in the Future Teachers Association and become an active member of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society for Educators.

Where are Saint Leo Elementary Education grads now?

Our students find success as certified teachers in school districts around Florida and outside of the state, thanks to interstate agreements between the Florida Department of Education and many states. Most recently Marissa Savastano, at Sanders Memorial Elementary School in Pasco County, was recognized as her school’s Teacher of the Year.
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