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Students in Lyon HallElementary Education Major

Includes Certification in Early Childhood P-3

Building the foundation for learning is essential for future success. When you major in Elementary Education, you prepare to teach children in grades P-6 with our curriculum which leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Once finished, you will be certified to teach in the state of Alabama, or in any state with which Alabama has a reciprocity agreement.

Detailed curriculum information can be found in the catalog.


  • Methods of Teaching and Learning: An introduction to education
  • Classroom Management for Elementary Teachers: An exploration of management strategies and techniques
  • Methods of Teaching Reading, Social Studies, Science, and Language Arts: Courses in the content areas to teach strategies for each
  • Elementary Field Experience: Candidates go into the schools and work with teachers and students to learn how to teach and gain real-world experience
  • Literature for Children and Young Adults: An introduction to a variety of books and how to use them to teach all subjects

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Julia Tutwiler Scholarship: Available to beginning freshman women majoring in education
  • Black Belt Teacher Corps Scholarship: Available to Junior and Senior education majors
  • TOTs (Teachers of Tomorrow): Mentoring program for freshmen education majors
  • Aver Stephens Rumley Award: Recognizes an outstanding Undergraduate student from the college of education
  • Carol Parnell Cunningham Award: Recognizes an outstanding Graduate student from the college of education 

Career Preparation

  • Candidates holding this degree are equipped to become teachers, daycare workers, daycare owners, and work for a school system.
  • Job placement rates are high.
  • Salaries are dependent upon the school system.
  • Advanced degrees increase salaries tremendously and place one in a position for promotion.

NAEYC Accreditation

  • The B.S. Elementary Education (Major K-6) (Includes certification in Early Childhood P-3) degree at The University of West Alabama is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The current accreditation term runs from March 2022 through August 2024.”
  • The Program Outcomes for three consecutive years are listed here and are updated annually.naeyc certificate


Contact Information:

College of Education/Division of Teaching and Learning contact Dr. Sallie Harper at 205-652-5419 / sharper@uwa.edu 

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