Elementary Education, B.S. with Teacher Licensure

USJ’s Elementary Education program helps individuals develop the skills they need to make a personal and professional impact immediately

The Elementary Education B.S. with Teacher Licensure is a rigorous major designed for undergraduate students interested in becoming elementary educators. In this program, students also choose a content area major in alignment with Connecticut State Department of Education certification requirements. No matter which content major you choose, USJ teacher educators are well prepared to become leaders in the classroom, demonstrating the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of the profession upon graduation.  

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USJ prepares teachers whose work is grounded in current research, theory, and evidence-based instructional practices to become agents of change across the various careers in education. This is accomplished through close faculty mentorship, rigorous coursework, and high-quality supervised fieldwork in our clinical partnership placements.  Students in the Elementary Education program gain diverse experience through clinical field experiences in partner schools including East Hartford, West Hartford, and Bloomfield, as well as through or university lab schools, the Gengras Center and the School for Young Children. Our students enter the profession with educational expertise, personal, and professional confidence.  

Why USJ for Elementary Education?  

By pairing a rigorous curriculum with valuable experiential learning opportunities in working with elementary aged children, USJ’s renowned program prepares students for a meaningful and high-impact career. Entering the field as effective educators and advocates for all children, students have the skills necessary to be change agents who embrace the challenge and opportunity of teaching and learning in today’s diverse classrooms.  


  • Small faculty-student ratio provides the personal attention and guidance needed to be successful in today’s diverse educational settings   
  • High quality fieldwork experiences at the beginning, middle, and end of the teacher education program ensure that candidates have robust practice-based opportunities needed to be ready to learner ready on day one.     
  • State-of-the-art technology that supports learning, collaborative, and feedback while students are in clinical field placements and completing field-based course assignments.   
  • Education faculty who are renowned professionals involved in research, clinical practice, and professional scholarship at the national level.   


Eileen M. González, Ph.D. 
Program Director for Elementary Education and Assistant Professor, Department of Education 
Phone: 860.231.5466 
Email: [email protected]  

Ashley Oldham, Ph.D. 
Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Education 
Phone: 860.231.5356 
Email: [email protected] 

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