Be the change in the classroom

If you are interested in a rewarding career as an elementary teacher, the BA in Elementary Education provides an engaging and exciting path. We prepare teachers who are dedicated to social justice and committed to ensuring every student learns and excels.

Through engaging coursework and practical experience in the classroom, this degree offers a track towards a bachelor’s degree and teacher licensure focused on kindergarten through 6th grades. Plus, you will earn the desirable, advanced endorsement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education, which provides preparation and tools for working with diverse populations and emerging bilingual learners, who make up nearly 25% of Colorado's school age population.


  • A small learning community: cohort model, small classes, personal attention
  • Emphasis on advancing educational equity and social justice
  • Added Culturally and Linguistically Diverse endorsement
  • Courses led by supportive, nationally renowned faculty
  • Extensive experience in local K-12 classrooms

Note: if you are interested in a degree in another area combined with licensure, explore our teacher licensure program.

Next Steps 



Our programs are transitioning starting Fall 2018. While the Elementary Education Major is aimed at CU Boulder first-year students, learn about intra-university transfer possibilities. Students interested in pursuing elementary education are encouraged to contact or by phone 303-492-6555

The Elementary Education Major is for students that are certain they want to become an elementary teacher. It certifies you with a teaching license specifically for K-6 elementary education, whereas the Education Minor is for students who are interested in teaching, but are not pursuing their teaching licensure in the near future. The minor is a common choice for students who plan to work in informal educational settings such as community-based after-school programs or youth volunteer organizations; serve in the Peace Corps; have an interest in understanding issues of equity and social justice and/or how political, cultural, social, and historical dynamics shape policy and practice in education.

No, but you can get licensed in secondary education! The State of Colorado requires students to declare a major suitable for the subject they wish to teach, such as English, Math, Music, Science, Social Studies, or a World Language. By doing so (pairing a focus with your secondary licensure), you can gain added knowledge that will better prepare you to teach in a given area. Learn more.