Elementary Education: The UDC Edge

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education prepares candidates to teach children in grades Kindergarten through six. The program is designed to provide courses and field-based learning experiences which enable students to develop the skills and competencies required to effectively meet the educational needs of children in a multi-ethnic urban environment. The program emphasizes multi-faceted curriculum approaches designed to help candidates function in a school environment which provides outcomes-oriented learning experiences, as well as standards-based curriculum designs. Additionally, elementary education majors are exposed to opportunities to understand and become empowered to actively participate in innovative and creative approaches to teaching and curriculum reforms.

Elementary Education – Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA)

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education prepares students to teach children in grades kindergarten through six. The program is designed to: Provide courses and field-based learning experiences which enable students to develop the skills and competencies required to effectively meet the educational needs of children in a multiethnic urban environment; to manage a performance-based, behaviorally-oriented learning environment in the elementary grades; and to prepare students for advanced study leading to careers as specialists in education for children.

Accreditation: The program is accredited by Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

Objectives for Elementary Education Undergraduate Programs

Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of subject matter and pedagogy
  2.  Communicate effectively.
  3.  Utilize effective classroom and behavior management techniques.
  4. Design, implement and assess developmentally appropriate teaching/learning activities.
  5. Understand and demonstrate respect for individual needs and diversity.
  6. Integrate instructional and assistive technology to enhance learning for all students.
  7. Commit to continuous growth through reflection and professional development.
  8. Advocate change to improve education for students, school system, and self; display leadership qualities.
  9. Effectively collaborate with students, parents, colleagues, schools, and communities.



Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC Elementary Education Program

Students in the bachelor’s program in Elementary Education at UDC complete a 123 credit hour plan of study to earn the degree. Students take courses in human development, children in urban schools, methods and materials of teaching math, science, language arts, social studies. Practicum, and student teaching.

Recent elective courses have included:

  • Technology for Teachers
  • Child Health and Nutrition
  • Developing and Implementing IEP
  • Corrective and Remedial Reading

Core course topic areas include:

  • Human Development
  • Foundations of Education
  • Methods and Materials of Teaching
  • Practicums and Student Teaching

Program of Study

Student Organizations and Activities

Students are encouraged to pursue campus- and department-sponsored service learning and community-based research opportunities with community organizations, nonprofits, schools and other groups in the local area.  Opportunities include:

Early Childhood Education Club: The student-led club volunteers, tutors, and has fund raisers for children in the District of Columbia.

ACEI: Association for Childhood Education International is to promote and support the optimal education, development, and well-being of children and youth worldwide.

NAEYC:  The National Association for the Education of Young Children is the largest national early childhood organization and our faculty encourages students to join.

Faculty Spotlight: UDC Elementary Education Program

Dr. Delia Robinson Richards, Program Coordinator, presents diverse early childhood topics at national and international conferences. She is a Fulbright Scholar who has developed and implemented early childhood programs in the United States and in the Caribbean. Her research projects include the implementation of the multiple intelligence theory into the early childhood curriculum and Black fathers’ involvement in their children’s academic achievement.

Arlene King-Berry, Professor Special Education, is a dynamic educator, and lawyer, with over 25 years of experience in the field of education. She has held a variety of positions in the District of Columbia Public and Charter Schools as teacher, supervisor, Director of Special Education, Special Education Attorney and Hearing Officer. Arlene is actively involved in grant writing, scholarly publications, and is a seasoned presenter at local, national and international conferences. Numerous awards attest to her prolific professional and community contributions.

Career Pathways and Prospects

A bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from UDC is great preparation for graduate study in any number of fields or for a career in areas such as:

Contact info:

Dr. Delia Robinson-Richards, Program Coordinator | T: 202.274.5875 | E: drrichards@udc.edu

Dr. Arlene King-Berry |T: 202.274.5973 | E. akberry@udc.edu