Elementary Education (Grades 1-6)

College of Education


What is Elementary Education (Grades 1-6)?

This major prepares you to teach grades 1 through 6. You’ll learn how to teach students subjects like reading and math as well as skills like studying and communicating with others. You'll create lesson plans and develop skills on how to teach fundamental ideas to students. You'll also learn to assess students to test their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. You'll be able to work with them individually to overcome specific learning challenges.

Career Options

  • Educational therapy
  • Elementary education
  • Guidance counseling
  • Middle school education
  • School administration

Post-Graduation Success1

86% employed or continuing education

85% employed after graduation

1% attending graduate school

$40,087 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Washington Elementary School, Urbana School District 116, Anne Fox Elementary School View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Concordia University, Harvard University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong English coursework and performance
  • Interest and experiences related to the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

3.9 years to degree

94% first-year retention rate

Four-year graduation rate: N/A

Six-year graduation rate: N/A

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $32,780
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $56,270