Elementary Education – Grades K-9

Department: Education
Delivery Method: On-Campus, Online
Type: Major

The University of Wisconsin-Superior was founded as a teacher education college in 1893. That strong heritage of innovation and quality has guided our education programs for more than a century. Today, UW-Superior is still regarded as a frontrunner in PK-12 education programs. Our graduates are leaders in their field, making a lasting difference in students’ lives. The need for dedicated and highly skilled educators has never been greater and with a degree from UW-Superior, opportunities abound.

As an elementary education student, you will work with children in local classrooms early in your program and throughout your time at UW-Superior. Our instructors not only teach the latest in instructional methods but also provide techniques to support social-emotional development in diverse and inclusive classrooms.

This program is available on campus and online.

Student Teaching

You will complete a full semester of student teaching at the end of your degree and licensure program. Our Field Experience Coordinator will help you find a student teaching placement that fits your individual goals in a location that works for you.


Our programs are designed to align with Wisconsin state licensure requirements. However, many students apply for licenses in other states, such as Minnesota and Michigan. We encourage you to check with your state’s Department of Education to determine if there are additional requirements.

On Campus or Online

Our elementary education program is the only 100% online elementary education bachelor’s degree offered by a public university in Wisconsin.

What You’ll Learn

The elementary education major prepares you to teach grades K-9 and requires an instruction minor. Additional licensure options are available in early childhood education, early childhood special education, and K-12 special education.

My advisor, professors, and all the staff are just wonderful. They’re all cheerleaders who just want to see us succeed. Once I graduate, I want to get a job in the classroom and after a few years, I plan to go to grad school. This [university] truly cares for who we are. Here, we are seen as a whole person, and not just a number.

Haley Stalls,
Elementary Education

My experience at UWS was wonderful. The professors, staff and advisors were all extremely helpful and encouraging. You can tell they want you to succeed. They have been a very encouraging force, as any educator should be. This has been a very good experience for me.

Amanda Brahmer,
Elementary Education, Online

The elementary education program at UWS has far exceed my expectations in its ability to prepare exceptional teachers. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have worked with so many amazing teachers and students. I feel well prepared to start my career.

Rina Yamamoto,
Elementary Education

Program Outcomes/Career Opportunities

There is a well-documented nationwide shortage of teachers, and UWS elementary education teachers are in high demand. The vast majority of our graduates find teaching jobs upon graduation, and many have multiple opportunities to choose from.

Licensure for Degree Holders

If you currently hold a degree and are interested in teaching, UW-Superior offers licensure programs that apply your prior coursework.

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Applying to UW-Superior is easy and free for undergraduate students. Once your application is submitted, you’ll hear from us within just a few days. We’re here to help you every step of the way with any questions you may have, so why wait? Start your application today.  

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