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Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education (grades K-6)

Why Earn Your Elementary Education Degree at Saint Leo University?

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.

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!

The major in elementary education is designed for students who plan to teach in elementary school (kindergarten through sixth grade) and to qualify for Florida teacher certification. Because this is a state-approved Teacher Education Program, Saint Leo graduates are assured Florida certification for grades K-6, including ESOL and Reading Endorsements.

Learning Experience:
Campus Education Center Online
Est. Time to Complete:
4 years
Credit Hours:
120 hours
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Undergraduate Elementary Education Program Details

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.

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Online, On Campus, or Near You

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  • What are the on-campus facilities like?

    Students who pursue their degrees at Saint Leo’s main campus near sunny Tampa Bay, Florida, join a community of enthusiastic learners just like them. 

    Elementary Education students enjoy plenty of engaging learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, as well as exciting departmental events.

    Learn about the On-Campus Experience

  • What are the benefits of earning your elementary education degree online?

    Saint Leo University’s online learning experience provides a well-rounded education with the flexibility to tailor your course of study to meet your individual needs. We know our students have lives outside school, and we seek to meet them where they are. Online students can count on receiving excellent academics as well as opportunities for hands-on learning.

    Learn about the Online Experience

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  • Taking online classes has afforded me the opportunity to learn while maintaining a job. They give me some flexibility to study at times that work more cohesively with my schedule and allow me to utilize resources such as the library 24 hours a day.

    Bentley Streat | Hayes, VA

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Are education centers near you offering elementary education degree programs?

You may also choose to pursue your degree through one of our education centers, which merge a traditional in-person education with the flexibility to match your lifestyle. Education centers offer eight-week academic terms as well as evening and weekend classes.

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Career Outlook

No matter which learning experience you choose, you will receive plenty of professional development opportunities, industry knowledge from expert professors, and support from the Saint Leo community. All this together means that you will be ready for a successful career or continued studies upon graduation.

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  • How will you gain real experience?

    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.

What can you do with an undergraduate 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.

What are the top elementary education degree jobs?

Career Growth Salary
Kindergarten and Elementary School Teacher 7% $60,660 per year
Special Education Teacher 8% $61,500 per year

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020.

Where are Saint Leo psychology graduates 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.