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    May 22, 2024  
American University Catalog 2023-2024 
American University Catalog 2023-2024

Elementary Education (BA)

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Offered by the School of Education , the undergraduate program in Elementary Education is designed for students who wish to obtain teaching credentials in elementary education. The major in elementary education offers a licensure specialization that meets certification requirements in the District of Columbia and establishes eligibility for certification in over 40 states. The major in elementary education also offers a non-licensure specialization. Students should consult with the director of Teacher Education to coordinate their general and subject-area certification requirements with other university and major requirements.

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the program requires a grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and departmental approval.

Requirements for Teacher Certification: Elementary

To qualify for teacher certification, students must have completed all of the requirements for the specific curricular area listed below. This requirement may overlap with university requirements. Consult a School of Education  advisor for more information.

United States History: 3 credit hours

University Requirements

AU Core Requirements

For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum .

Major Requirements

  • 62 credit hours with grades of C or better, including at least 18 credit hours at or above 300-level
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA
  • Licensure Specialization: Completion of Praxis Content Knowledge Exam prior to graduation
  • Specializations: Licensure; Non-licensure

Course Requirements

Specialization (12 credit hours)

Complete 12 credit hours from one of the following specializations:

Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor’s/master’s programs. See Admission to a Combined Bachelor’s / Master’s Program  and Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees  for more information.

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