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Oklahoma State University

Elementary Education

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What is elementary education?

This major is for students interested in teaching grades 1-8. Students will teach all subjects, including math, science, reading/language arts and social studies.

Why elementary education at OSU?

OSU prepares and develops educators who facilitate life-long learning and enrich quality of life for people in public schools and other educational settings. Our teacher candidates are highly sought after by school leaders and hiring officials in Oklahoma and other states who recognize the high quality of OSU graduates. Our students enter the classroom with extensive and relevant practical experience.

Career Paths

Some careers listed below may require additional education.

  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • Post-Secondary Teacher
  • Pre-School Teacher
  • Career and Technical Education Teacher
  • Elementary and Middle School Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Instructional Coach
  • Instructional Specialist
  • School Librarian or Media Specialist 
  • School and Career Counselor
  • Special Education Teacher

ExCEL Program

OSU collaborates with Stillwater Public Schools on the Excellence in Collaborative and Experiential Learning (ExCEL) Program, in which elementary education majors get an early start on their student teaching experience. The program features a 3-day a week, full-day placement in a public school classroom. Students are partnered with expert classroom teachers and return to campus for methods classes.

Randall and Carol White Reading and Mathematics Center Practicums

The Randall and Carol White Reading and Mathematics Center (RMC) provides space and resources for two on-campus tutoring courses, which are part of the preparation program for elementary education majors. The experience provides opportunities for preservice teachers to develop their technological pedagogical content knowledge in both literacy and mathematics with the support of university faculty. During the 10-week math practicum and the 11-week literacy practicum, preservice teachers assess, plan and implement weekly one-hour tutor sessions for a K-8 student. Preservice teachers become practitioners with authentic, design-based opportunities to apply their understandings from previous courses and explore the complexities of teacher knowledge domains. 

Student Teaching Abroad

Students have the opportunity to take their student teaching experience abroad, either to Costa Rica or Mexico. The goal of the 15-week international internship program is to expand the personal and professional experience of students to enrich their global perspective as teachers.


Extended Year Internship

Students have the option to student teach in the same classroom as their pre-internship placement


Haley Culver

"My time at OSU prepared me immensely to be successful in my job. My district's philosophies and priorities are very much aligned with the content of OSU's classes. I have a clear understanding of how I'm expected to teach. All the knowledge I've gained has allowed me to make significant contributions in class with my students and meetings with colleagues."

- Haley (Culver) St. Cyr, 2015 elementary education graduate and current fifth grade math teacher at Lewisville ISD

Technology Integration

The college has a recommended technology purchase plan for all education majors so they experience one-to-one technology environment as learners and beginning teachers. In addition to a specialized technology course that focuses on leading models and design frameworks for planning technology infused lessons, faculty in all content method courses model innovative teaching and highlight technology that amplifies the learning experience in their specific discipline.