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Elementary Education, B.A.

120 Credits  |   Main Campus

Earn your teaching license in Elementary Education to work with children in 1st to 6th grade.

Do you want to teach elementary school?  Trinity’s program in elementary education prepares you to meet eligibility requirements for teacher licensure in elementary education (grades 1-6) in the District of Columbia. Once licensed, candidates may apply for reciprocity in other jurisdictions.

You will complete field-based experiences during your first and second years of study, two semesters of a practicum during your junior year (four hours/week), and a final semester in a school for the student teaching internship (full-time). Student teaching internships are in the public, charter, and private school systems in the Washington metropolitan area, and placements are made by the university.

Our courses provide knowledge, skills, and field-based experiences and include performance assessments designed to demonstrate a teacher’s ability to impact student learning.

What You’ll Learn

  • Meet eligibility requirements for teacher licensure in early childhood education (ages 3-8) in the District of Columbia
  • Complete field-based experiences during your freshman and sophomore years, and student teaching experience in your senior year

Local Internships

  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • District of Columbia Public Charter Schools
  • Prince George’s County Public Schools
  • Montgomery County Public Schools

Global Careers

  • Elementary School Teacher

Applying to the Elementary Education, B.A. Program

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College of Arts & Sciences Admissions Requirements

Applying to the College of Arts & Sciences is a 5-step process:

  • Step One: Apply to Trinity
  • Step Two: Have your School Administrator submit your Official Transcripts (High School/College/Home School/GED) – International Transcripts must be evaluated prior to submission
  • Step Three: Submit Essay “Where do I see myself after obtaining a TWU degree?”
  • Step Four:  Submit your Recommendation Letter(s) (Teacher/Guidance Counselor/Mentor)
  • Step Five: Once your application is submitted, use your log-in credentials to check your status

Admissions Criteria:

  • First-Time Freshman candidates for admission should complete a secondary school program that includes 16 academic units: English, Mathematics (algebra, geometry, and trigonometry), Science to include Lab work (biology, chemistry, and physics), History, Foreign Language, and Social Science.
  • Transfer candidates must submit official college transcripts from each previously attended college or university.
  • Optional Standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) and/or the American College Test (ACT) can be submitted.  To have your scores sent to us use SAT code 5796 and ACT code 0696.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average 2.0 (on 4.0 Scale).