Elementary Education (K-6)

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The elementary education (K-6) major places a large emphasis on STEM education, which enables you to prepare your students to become citizens of a rapidly changing world. You will learn fun and meaningful approaches to teaching reading, writing, mathematics and science. Upon completion, you will be recommended as a candidate for teacher certification from the Nebraska Department of Education.

The Nebraska Difference



CEHS awards more than $200,000 annually in scholarships to incoming students.


1-to-1 Advising

Your assigned advisor will support you with academic planning throughout your time at Nebraska.


Career Coaching

Career coaches can help you plan for a meaningful career built upon your degree program.


Classroom Experience

Participate in five practicum field experiences in a variety of classroom settings and grade levels.

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Program Features

Leadership Development 

Become an educational leader prepared to work with diverse learners, schools and communities. 

Professional Mentoring 

Receive professional mentoring from content area experts who will help you transform your passion into teaching expertise. 

Global Experiences 

Observe and analyze STEM instructional practices in Finnish and Estonian classrooms or take an in-depth look at the educational system in Costa Rica during faculty-led global experiences. 

Student Organizations 

Interact with peers who have similar interests and develop your professional network by joining one of the many active student organizations on campus such as the UNL Aspiring Educators, Student Council for Exceptional Children or Future Teachers of Color. 

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Notable Courses

The Arts in the Elementary School Curriculum (TEAC 305)

Exploration and experiences with the arts. Learn about supporting ways to include and promote the arts within the curriculum of the elementary school.

Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School (TEAC 308)

Cover the scope, content and organization of the mathematics curriculum, development, use and sources of instructional materials and teaching procedures.

Multicultural Education (TEAC 330)

Intro to historical, sociological and philosophical foundations of multicultural education. Explores and models attitudes toward diversity, cultural knowledge, curricular resources and multicultural instructional practices for diverse PK-12 populations.

Fundamentals of Child Development for Education (EDPS 250)

Explore human development concepts and principles of cognitive and social/emotional development through early adolescence. Understand biosocial forces affecting children’s behavior and development related to education.

Learning in the Classroom (EDPS 362)

Research-based practice in human cognition, theories of motivation, classroom management and classroom-based assessment supporting teaching and learning within diverse elementary settings.

Reading and Writing Disabilities: Elementary Students + Practicum (SPED 415 and 415A)

Learn to assess and teach early literacy skills in small groups and 1-to-1. Apply classroom learning by tutoring children at the Schmoker Reading Center.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • Student teacher, Lincoln Public Schools
  • Youth coordinator, Lincoln YMCA
  • Counselor, Camp Kesem


  • First grade teacher, Lincoln Public Schools
  • Second grade teacher, Elkhorn Public Schools
  • Youth development, before/after school staff, Lincoln YMCA
  • Camp program facilitator, Lincoln Children’s Museum

Graduate Schools

  • M.A. Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education, Elementary Teaching Specialization, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • M.A. Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education, Innovative Learning Technologies Specialization, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Ph.D. Educational Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Elementary Education (K-6) major or navigating the application process, contact us.

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Contact Name
Dijon DeLaPorte
Contact Title
Director of Recruitment