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Oklahoma State University

Elementary Education

What is elementary education?

This major is for students interested in teaching grades 1-8. Students will teach all subjects, including math, science, English 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 education graduates 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
  • Librarian
  • 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 internship in a public school classroom. Students are partnered with expert classroom teachers and return to campus one-day a week for methods classes.

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.

Preparing America's Brightest Educators

"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