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Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Preparing students to be lifelong learners

Your desire to become a teacher can have a critical impact on the lives of children today, while preparing them for future success. At Fonbonne, we want to ensure you are equipped with all the tools you need to thrive in your career. Our well-rounded liberal arts education, coupled with the expertise provided by our education department, gives teacher candidates a great foundation to become educators that will have influence and impact on student learning.

If you aspire to make a difference in students’ lives during your career, enroll in the university’s elementary education program and take courses to prepare you for certification in elementary education grades 1-6.

Consider adding on additional certification areas to be even more marketable in today’s educator workplace.

Program Highlights

Your path to the classroom is tailored to your specific interests while providing a well-rounded curriculum that prepares you to make a lasting, positive impact on your students.

  • Highly experienced education/special education faculty
  • Personal, individualized advising and a comprehensive curriculum
  • Early and varied field and clinical experiences
  • Opportunities for scholarship, research, and interaction with faculty through various honor societies and an honor’s program
  • Fontbonne University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) while preparing for the AAQEP Quality Assurance Review in spring 2023. AAQEP is recognized by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MoDESE) by agreement and in support of quality assurance, continuous improvement, and innovation in educator preparation.
  • Center for Teacher and Therapist Education on Fontbonne’s campus
  • Fontbonne’s Beginning Teacher Assistance Program
  • Missouri elementary school teaching certification (grades 1-6)
  • Certification options:
    • Elementary Education only
    • Special Education with Elementary
    • Elementary with Early Childhood
    • Elementary with Early Childhood Special Education

In-Field Learning Experiences

Early, mid-level, and final clinical experiences occur in public, private, and parochial schools in the metropolitan region.

Participating districts include St. Louis Public Schools, Schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, as well as a variety of other school districts, such as Affton, Clayton, Ferguson-Florissant, Ft. Zumwalt, Hazelwood, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lindberg, Mehlville, O’Fallon, Parkway, Pattonville, Riverview Gardens, Rockwood, University City, and Webster Groves.

Graduate Successes

Graduates from our Elementary Education Program have found employment at:

  • Callaway Hills Elementary, Jefferson City
  • Confluence Academy
  • Confluence Academy Old North
  • Ferguson Florissant R-II School District
  • Harris Stowe Early Childhood Center
  • Hazelwood School District
  • Little Flower Elementary
  • Lyon Academy at Blow Elementary

  • Mary Institute Country Day School
  • Normandy School District
  • Queen of All Saints
  • Sacred Heart Villa
  • St. Joseph School — Imperial
  • St. Louis City Academy
  • St. Mary of Scotland
  • United Services for Children
  • Wilkinson Early Childhood Center


Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

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6800 Wydown Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63105


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