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Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5 (BSE)

Preparing teachers to inspire early learners

As a UD Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5 major, you'll learn the knowledge and skills necessary to inspire early learners ages 3-10. The program integrates coursework in child development, content, preparation for teaching and working with children with special learning needs, along with hands-on experience and support from your UD community. You'll also earn a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) certificate. A STEM lab and Curriculum Materials Center are among the numerous resources available to students. 

Classroom observation & field experience begin during year one, and continue during years two and three. You'll receive more than 600 field hours in local schools, which is 300 hours more than the State of Ohio's requirement. During year four, you'll participate in student teaching. This full-time teaching experience includes supervision and evaluation to assist you in your continued growth and development as an educator.


field hours in local school districts (300 hours more than Ohio requires)


of undergraduate students are employed, in grad school or in a full-time service program within six months of graduation


first-time pass rate for Ohio Resident Educator license

A High-Quality Education

  • Observation & Field Experience
  • Student Organizations
  • Teach in U.S. or Abroad
  • 600+ Hours in the Field

    From year one, students are in local schools, logging observation hours as part of their coursework and exposure to the profession of teaching. Field-based experience continues during years two and three. Student teaching (internship) takes place during year four. The Bombeck Family Learning Center serves as a demonstration school for Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5 majors. Second-year students actively participate in the classrooms at this 5-star rated facility during their year-­long field practicum, learning best practices as they prepare to become teachers.

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    Service Opportunities With Fellow Teacher Education Students

    Be a part of UD student organizations created especially for teacher education majors. Opportunities include tutoring at local elementary schools, attending teaching conferences (national, state & local) and participating in professional development programs.

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    Where Will Our Programs Take You?

    Graduates work in a variety of public and private educational settings. Many go on to earn advanced degrees or pursue careers as principals and superintendents. The map highlights states where alumni are teaching after they graduate. Interested in teaching abroad? Alumni also working in Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Malawi, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea and Thailand.

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    Featured Programs and Initiatives

    Urban Teacher Academy

    Prepares students who are interested in urban teaching to be culturally competent educators that can understand and respond to the needs and challenges of urban students, families and schools.

    Undergraduate Research

    Students participate in the University of Dayton's annual Stander Symposium, a campus-wide event that allows students from all disciplines to showcase their intellectual accomplishments.

    Study Abroad

    Summer programs in Ireland, England and Italy offer opportunities to explore museums, churches and schools through the lens of an educator. The Malawi Practicum allows opportunities to gain graduate-level research and fieldwork experience in Africa.


    Specialized program for teacher education graduates pursuing a master's degree at UD. Lalanne teachers benefit from two years of mentored teaching experience and live in community with other Lalanne teachers.


    Department of Teacher Education

    Fitz Hall, Room 680
    300 College Park
    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2966


    of undergraduate students are employed, in grad school or in a full-time service program within six months of graduation