Elementary Education

Our elementary education program prepares you to teach kindergarten through sixth grade in an elementary classroom and kindergarten through 8th in a chosen endorsement area.

As an elementary education major, you’ll learn how to confidently teach in the areas of literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies. Additionally, you’ll learn how to facilitate your students’ intellectual, social, emotional, and cultural development. At Iowa State, we’ll also prepare you to use cutting-edge technology in the classroom.

In our elementary education program, you’ll take classes that will challenge and support you to design an environment conducive to learning for your students, no matter their ages. In addition, you will have clinical experiences (practicum or field experiences) aligned to your course work. You will be getting into classrooms as early as your freshman year!

Program Information

2023-2024 curriculum requirements

2023-2024 4-year plan

View Class Syllabi

Educator Preparation Program

Once you’ve been accepted to Iowa State University, our Educator Preparation Program (EPP) prepares you for recommendation to the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE) for licensure. Admission into the Educator Preparation Program is the first step in completing your teacher education. Learn about the options, timing and requirements for the Educator Preparation Program.

Getting Involved

Freshman elementary education learning community – Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers learning community


Once you declare elementary education as your major you will be assigned an elementary education academic adviser. These individuals are here to assist you with any questions, concerns, or issues that may arise during your educator preparation.

To set up an appointment:

  1. Go to AccessPlus
  2. Select the student tab
  3. Choose Navigate Student

Floyd Athay

Academic Advisor II

Department: School of Education


Alicia Edwards

Academic Advisor II

Department: School of Education


Deb Powers

Aacademic Advisor II

Department: School of Education


Ready for the next step?

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Elementary Education Advising Team