You Can Be a Child’s Future

Elementary Education Major

Children’s faces brighten when they learn. You can share your love of learning with them and nurture the skills they need to succeed. With an elementary education degree from Salisbury University, your enthusiasm will electrify your students’ curiosity and enlighten them with lessons that will last a lifetime.

Why Choose Elementary Education at SU?

As an elementary education major at SU, you'll complete a rigorous program of study that meets state and national standards. Our program is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educators Preparation and National Association for the Education of Young Children and is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education for elementary school teacher certification (grades 1-6). These high standards we uphold have resulted in our 100% licensing exam pass rate. That's great news for you!

Your education at SU will require field and internship experiences. You can even apply to study abroad

Area public schools also host our student-teachers for real-world experience. What's more, the hard work and talents of a whole list of Salisbury graduates have earned them the honor of Teacher of the Year.

SU's program has also earned national recognition for its collaborative partnerships with Snow Hill Elementary School. Only three such efforts nationwide were recognized.

In addition, the Department of Early and Elementary Education offers a dual certification in elementary and early childhood education.

Admission Requirements

To apply to Salisbury's Professional Teacher Education Program, be sure to submit our online Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) Application prior to your advising appointment. A series of pre-professional required courses must also be completed before entry to the program is granted. Be sure to:

  • Complete a minimum of 46 hours
  • Earn an overall GPA of 2.50 or higher (including transfer courses that fulfill general education program requirements)
  • Successfully complete Core Academic Skills (or the MSDE equivalent) and provide an official score report to the Early and Elementary Education Department office, 278 Conway Hall

Required Courses

Earn a GPA of 2.75 or higher with no grade below C for required Pre-Professional Program courses listed below. Use our GPA Calculator to help. 

High school students can take courses before they get here to get ahead in the education program through the Teacher Academy of Maryland.


A background in elementary education goes beyond the classroom. While many of our students aspire to become elementary school teachers, you could also find your fit as one of the following:

  • Child Care Worker
  • Children’s Museum Project Coordinator
  • Disabilities Specialist
  • Family Services Worker
  • Learning Mentor
  • Youth Sports Coach

Our graduates also demonstrate their commitment to education in other ways:

  • Initiate or organize clubs and community events: before-school jump rope club, local community math night
  • Drive students to reach the healthy fitness zone according to the Michelle Obama “Let’s Move” campaign and a “Just for Girls” afterschool program
  • Develop and analyze curriculum for the State of Maryland
  • Write key performance indicators for Maryland’s physical education curriculum
  • Chair or serve on various school and community teams: Crisis Management Team, County Equity Team, Faculty Advisory Committee, School Improvement Team and School Instructional Leadership Team
Meet John – Elementary Education Major

Meet John – Elementary Education Major

Find out why John says SU is providing him with the knowledge to teach today’s classroom, not yesterday’s.

Faculty with Real-World Experience

The Department of Early and Elementary Education faculty is committed to giving students a framework centered on knowledge, skills and dispositions, critical for educators to promote student success.

Faculty advisors will work with you to develop a plan that meets your needs and that prepares you to become eligible for a teaching certificate.
Chin-Hsiu Chen, Ph.D. Department of Early and Elementary Education Chair

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