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Elementary Education

A student working on an elementary education degree sits on the floor and reads a story to a classroom of children.

In the elementary teacher preparation program, students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to teach all subjects in kindergarten through fifth grade and a specific subject area in kindergarten through eighth grade. 

Key elements include a strong foundation in all content areas plus additional depth in a selected teaching major, courses on the most effective teaching practices and a full-year, guided teaching internship in a public school after completion of the bachelor’s degree. 

MSU has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for both elementary and secondary education for more than 25 years by U.S. News & World Report


Graduates in elementary education pursue careers in a range of industries, excelling in jobs that demand deep knowledge of child development, human behavior and education.  

Alumni work at: 

  • Chicago Public Schools (Illinois)
  • Lansing School District (Michigan)
  • Detroit Public Schools Community District (Michigan)
  • South Lyon Community Schools (Michigan)
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools (Michigan)
  • Fairfield Unified School District (California)
  • Michigan Virtual Charter Academy

Alumni work as: 

  • Pre-kindergarten and elementary teachers
  • Middle school subject area teachers
  • Instructional coaches

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