Elementary Education – Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA)

The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education degree program prepares candidates to teach children in grades Kindergarten through six. The program is designed to provide courses and field-based learning experiences that equip students with the skills and competencies required to meet the educational needs of children in a multi-ethnic, urban environment. Specifically, the program teaches students to manage a performance-based, behaviorally-oriented learning environment in the elementary grades. The course of study provides a curriculum that prepares students for advanced study and careers as educational specialist. 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 actively participate in innovative and creative approaches to teaching and curriculum reforms.

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.

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Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC Elementary Education Program

Students in the bachelor’s program in Elementary Education at UDC must complete a 123 credit hour plan of study to earn the degree. Students are required to take courses such as: human development; children in urban schools; and methods and materials of teaching math, science, language arts, social studies. Students are also required to complete a practicum, and earn student teaching experience.

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 hosts fundraisers 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. 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, and 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

The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education prepares students for graduate study in any number of fields or for a career in areas such as:

  • Teaching
  • Public policy
  • School Leader/Principal

UDC’s Elementary Education faculty and the university’s Career and Professional Development Center have a strong track record of assisting graduates in transitioning into the workforce.

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