General Information:

The Teacher Education Program at UCCS leads to initial licensure in either elementary teaching or secondary teaching in the fields of English, foreign language, mathematics, science, or social studies.

K-6 education obviously focuses on elementary teaching. Most elementary school teachers instruct one class of children in several subjects. In some schools, two or more teachers work as a team and are jointly responsible for a group of students in at least one subject. In other schools, a teacher may teach one special subject—usually music, art, reading, science, arithmetic, or physical education—to a number of classes. A small but growing number of teachers instruct multilevel classrooms, with students at several different learning levels.


Career Possibilities:

A degree in education is geared towards a very specific professional career – in education. However, there are other careers that are related to an elementary education career without involving straightforward teaching:

  • School Counselor
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Education Administrator
  • School Librarian
  • Childcare Worker
  • Public Relations Specialists
  • Social Worker
  • School Coach
  • School Principal
  • School Nurse
  • Recess Supervisor
  • Day Care


Applicable UCCS Graduate Programs:
M.S. Mathematics Teaching
M.S. Science Teaching
Administrator Licensure
M.A. Curriculum and Instruction
Principal Licensure



Preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, and secondary school teachers held about 3.8 million jobs in 2004:
1.5 million elementary school teachers
1.1 million secondary school teachers
628,000 middle school teachers
431,000 preschool teachers
171,000 kindergarten teachers

Median annual earnings of kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers: $41,400 to $45,920

Average salary for beginning teachers with a bachelor’s degree:  $31,704

Statistics for Elementary School Teachers:
Median wages: $42,590
Employment in 2002: 1,467,000 employees

Projected Need for 2002-2012: 547,000 additional employees


UCCS Clubs:

Society of Success and Leadership


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