Elementary Education

Elementary Education Undergraduate and Graduate Coordinator:
Dr. Jacqueline Hansen, Chair of Early Childhood and Elementary Education
3223 Alexander Hall • Murray, KY 42071
270-809-2500

Earn a degree in Elementary Education at the Murray campus or one of our regional campus sites in Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, and Paducah. If you are currently attending a community college in this region, rest assured that Murray State University has collaborated with our academic partners to provide a smooth transition as you work toward a bachelor's degree. Once you successfully complete the bachelor’s program in Elementary Education, you are eligible for Kentucky teacher certification. 

To become an elementary school teacher, you can obtain a BS or BA degree in elementary education with a four-year program at the Murray main campus. You may also build on a community college degree to earn a BS degree at regional campus sites in Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, or Paducah.

Undergraduate degrees: 
• Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education (P-5) 
• Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education (P-5)

Graduate degrees:
After you have completed the baccalaureate degree, expand your knowledge and enhance your career through our graduate programs. Master of Art in Education degrees are offered in Elementary Education Teacher Leadership, You can earn a specialization in elementary education advanced curriculum courses as part of the MA Elementary Teacher Leader program. As an additional venue, you can pursue an area of endorsement in Environmental Education, TESOL, Gifted/Talented, Instructional Technology, or School Safety.

 Master of Arts in Education Teacher Leader: Elementary 
This MA degree program is designed to fulfill course requirements for Rank II classification. Applicants must hold an Early Elementary (K-4, P-5, 1-8) Provisional Certificate or its equivalent. Students complete 30 semester hours of pre-planned graduate level course work which consists of five core courses plus either an area of elementary specialization or an area of endorsement plus one elective. To demonstrate their teacher leadership, students complete a teacher leadership portfolio plus two major leadership projects.