Prepare for an Exciting Career as an Elementary School Teacher!

Help young minds develop a love for learning. Our bachelor’s degree in elementary school teaching prepares you to teach early childhood through sixth grade in the state of Texas. Gain skills needed to design, execute and evaluate instructional practices to meet the needs of diverse students. You’ll have the opportunity to complete an internship and residency at a local school district as part of your degree program. Upon completion of the program and passing all TExES exams, you’ll be certified to teach in elementary schools throughout Texas.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Corsicana (Navarro College), McKinney (CHEC), Mesquite
Duration 4 Years
Foreign Language Foreign Language Optional
Delivery 40-50% Online, Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours 123 to 126 Hours
Thesis Requirements No thesis required

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Focus Your Passion

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers three tracks for becoming an elementary school teacher in Texas. Discover the opportunities available to you.

Generalist (Early Childhood-6th)

Our 123-credit hour generalist track offers you the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge necessary for an interdisciplinary approach to teaching students in a way that is engaging and promotes academic success.

Bilingual (Early Childhood-6th)

Apply your multicultural expertise and know-how to create bilingual instructional settings where students benefit and succeed academically. Our 126-credit hour bilingual track provides you with the knowledge and techniques critical for teaching both English and Spanish at the elementary school level.

Special Education (Early Childhood-6th)

Increase your special education expertise in order to adapt instruction methods and classroom environments in ways that appeal to students’ various learning styles and opportunities with our 126-credit hour special education track. Take this opportunity to learn the skills and pedagogies necessary to become a special education elementary school teacher.

All Level Programs

In order to teach elementary school in a specific topic such as Physical Education, Drama, Art, or Music, or work with kids with special needs, you may choose to pursue one of our all-level programs. All-level programs prepare you to teach the subject at any grade level (early childhood-12th grade). Your degree will be through the department related to your subject. As part of your emphasis you will also take a number of courses through the department of Curriculum & Instruction.

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Theatre (BA/BS) Teaching Emphasis

Our program equips you with the acting, directing and production skills needed for the high school classroom. You’ll take courses in stage management, theatre operations, costume design and lighting. Gain insight into modern theatre and theatre of varying cultures through our course offerings. Our combined theatre and education program prepares you for a career in teaching. You’ll take courses in pedagogy, learning processes and development, and classroom management. After completing a teaching residency, you’ll be certified to teach theatrical arts at the secondary level (grades 7-12).

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Music

Music (BM) Teaching Emphasis

The Bachelor of Music (BM) degree, combined with professional education requirements, provides students with the information and skills to be a music educator at all levels and prepares them to take the exams for teacher certification in Texas. Though students are prepared to teach instrumental and vocal music at all grade levels, the curriculum allows them to select one of three areas of emphasis: (1) elementary general—preparation for teaching general music in the elementary grades, (2) secondary choral—preparation for organizing and directing choral organizations at the secondary level; or (3) secondary instrumental—preparation for directing bands and orchestras at the secondary level.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Education (BA/BS) Elementary Emphasis

Education (BS) All-Level Special Education

A graduate with all-level Generic Special Education certification should possess the following competencies: knowledge of disabling conditions; knowledge of professional roles, strategies for promoting learning and development; and techniques to promote achievement in English language arts, reading and math.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

4 Years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Blended (50-85% Online), Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

120 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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What You Will Learn

  • Acquire in-depth knowledge of early childhood development
  • Learn to integrate technology into classroom instruction
  • Take courses to explore classroom management and pedagogy
  • Gain insight into real-world situations through practical experiences in educational settings
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Careers

Most graduates go on to become successful early childhood or elementary school teachers in Northeast Texas and beyond, while others choose to pursue further graduate work.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

Elementary School Teacher
$60,870
Kindergarten School Teacher
$60,870
Child day care services
$34,190

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2020

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Potential Employers

Our graduates are frequently sought-after by local school districts. Job placement and satisfaction are ranked highly in our education program. Here are just a few districts where our students find employment. Discover where you belong!

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Course Delivery

Our courses are in-person at our main campus in Commerce and our extended university sites at the Mesquite Metroplex Center, Navarro College and Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC). Courses are available during the fall, spring and summer terms.

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Undergraduate Program Costs

Program Costs

Tuition and fees for undergraduate students taking 12 credit hours are $4,212 for Texas residents and $9,108 for non-residents.

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