Bachelor of Science in Education - Elementary Education

Prepare to Teach K-6th Grade by Earning Your B.S.E. in Elementary Education

The Elementary Education Program at Delta State University is known for creating high quality educators for the classroom. Candidates who complete the program will be prepared for the K-6 classroom. Candidates must pass all required licensure exams for the state of Mississippi in order to receive their MS teaching license. Candidates seeking licensure for grades 7-8 and 7-12 are able to do so through supplemental endorsements in coursework. Through our clinical model of preparation, candidates will enter the classroom and be Day 1 Ready.


Pass rate on Praxis II licensure exams (2022)


Graduates, pass licensure exam and secure first year teaching positions


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Why Choose the B.S.E. in Elementary Education at DSU?

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The Bachelor’s program in Elementary Education is designed to help students become effective K-6 teachers through relevant curriculum and field experiences. Upon completion of the program, students will be ready to enter the classroom and start a successful career.

  • Applications accepted year round
  • Classes begin in the Fall and Spring terms
  • Accredited by CAEP since 1954
  • Job-embedded training through field experiences
  • Highly credentialed and resourceful instructors
  • Knowledgeable and helpful academic advisors
Hannah Ashley, Elementary Education major

Delta State's Elementary Education program is top-tier. Not only do faculty provide the proper instruction necessary to succeed, but they also share their teaching experiences that help connect the content to real-life scenarios. As a senior in the Elementary Education program, I feel well-prepared to start my teaching career.

Hannah Ashley, Elementary Education majorClass of 2023

Concentrations in Elementary Education

Concentration courses are focused subject areas in the program of study. Students must obtain 18 or more hours in at least two concentration areas. To obtain supplemental endorsements, students may take 21 hours in these subject areas, achieving a C or better. Areas of concentration and endorsement allow you to teach that content area beyond the 6th grade classroom. The elementary education program allows you to add concentrations or endorsements in the following areas (hours required are listed beside each area):

  • Art (18)
  • English (18)
  • Foreign Language (18)
  • Math (Grades 7-8) (18)
  • Math (Grades 9-12) (21)
  • Music (18)
  • Physical Education (18)
  • General Science (18)
  • Social Studies (18)
  • Special Education (21)

What Can I Do With a B.S.E. Degree in Elementary Education?

Through our clinical model of preparation, our goal is for DSU Elementary Education candidates to enter the classroom and be Day 1 Ready. Upon graduation and passing of licensure exams, you will be licensed to teach all content areas for kindergarten through sixth grades in the state of Mississippi. Through completion of our program of study, you will graduate with endorsements in reading and social studies.

Elementary Education Scholarships

Delta State’s Elementary Education program is more affordable than many of its contemporaries offering similar opportunities. At DSU, we’re going to automatically consider you for scholarships. Some scholarships you may be considered for include opportunities for Elementary Education majors who are a resident of Mississippi; have a 2.5 GPA or higher; are a sophomore, junior, or senior; or are located in a particular county in the Mississippi Delta. Students may also be eligible for non-program specific scholarship opportunities.

Program Goals

The overarching goal of the elementary education program is to provide high quality instruction coupled with targeted and intensive clinical practice to prepare future educators to transform K-12 education. Through mutually beneficial partnerships with P-12 schools, alumni, and stakeholders, our program is able to provide a level of preparation for our candidates that simultaneously benefit P-12 children. Candidates are provided extensive opportunities to bridge theory and research to practice and to engage in interactive teaching and learning.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet the following requirements to be admitted to the Elementary Education program.

  1. Junior year status
  2. Submit application for admission to the Teacher Education Program
  3. 3.0 GPA on overall coursework OR ACT composite score of 21* OR CORE passing scores on all 3 parts (reading, writing, and math)*
    *Must maintain a minimum of 2.75 GPA on overall coursework with ACT or CORE
  4. Completion of CUR 300 (Survey of Education with Field Experiences), CUR 302 (Orientation and Field Experiences), or CEL 301 (Introduction to Elementary Education) with a grade of C or better
  5. Preliminary Departmental Recommendation Form (which includes positive disposition scores)


Review the BSE in Elementary Education program of study for information regarding curriculum.

Degree Requirements

To earn this degree, you must successfully complete at least 120 credits, including your general education requirements and the major requirements below.

General Education 39
Special Degree Requirements 15
Professional Education 30-31
Major 36-69

For more information on degree requirements and specifics on courses needed to complete the degree, consult the Undergraduate Academic Catalog. For a semester-by-semester breakdown on how you can complete this degree in 4-years, visit academic maps.


Tuition at DSU covers the cost of classes. Additionally, the following fees are assessed:

  • Verified Background Check
  • Data Management Systems
  • Pre-internship & Internship fees

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