Elementary Education Major

The well-rounded liberal arts education found at Fontbonne, coupled with the expertise provided by the 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.

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Elementary Education Program Highlights

  • 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
  • This program is approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Fontbonne University meets rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

CAEP Accreditation Badge 2016

  • Center for Teacher and Therapist Education on Fontbonne’s campus
  • Fontbonne’s Beginning Teacher Assistance Program
  • Missouri elementary school teaching certification (grades 1-6)
  • Program accredited by the state of Missouri and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • 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 such as St. Louis Public Schools, Schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and 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.

Course Samples

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Fontbonne University's Elementary Education 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

Elementary Education Career Opportunities

Contact Us

Questions? Contact our Office of Admission: 314-889-1400 or 1-800-205-5862 | fbyou@fontbonne.edu

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