UA South Elementary Education Program

The University of Arizona South Elementary Education Program is an accredited teacher preparation program that offers a bachelor's degree leading to teacher certification in grades 1-8 as well as endorsements in Early Childhood Education and Middle Grades (5-9). UA South offers "transfer degrees" for students who have completed the first two years of general education course requirements at accredited higher education institutions including community colleges and universities. The University of Arizona South has developed partnerships with Cochise College and Pima Community College to facilitate the transfer process.

Whether you are a working professional, stay at home parent, transfer student, traditional college student, or a military member The University of Arizona South offers many options to obtain a top-tier university education at a competitive price. There is an emphasis on early and frequent experience in the elementary classroom to foster critical connection with university coursework. If you are planning to be a classroom teacher or provide education support services for children, talk with one of The University of Arizona South academic advisors to discuss a degree plan that will prepare you for an exciting child centered career!

Summary of Degree & Endorsement Options


  • Bachelor of Science - Elementary Education (1-8 certification)
  • Bachelor of Science - Elementary Education (Non-certification track)
  • Post-bachelor degree in elementary education (1-8)
  • Post bachelor elementary certification
  • Early Childhood Education Endorsement (Birth-3rd grade)
  • Middle Grade Endorsement (5th-9th)
  • Full Structured English Immersion (SEI) Endorsement

Why UA South?


  • UA quality education via convenient branch campuses
  • Competitively priced tuition
  • Face-to-face, online, & interactive television courses
  • Daytime, evening, & summer courses
  • Transfer agreements with Cochise & Pima community colleges
  • Small class sizes
  • State accredited programs
  • Unique students including transfer, parents, bilingual, military, working, career change, & traditional
  • Multiple sites: Sierra Vista, Tucson, Douglas, Nogales

Elementary Education Program Standards of Excellence

  • Placements in the elementary classroom every semester beginning your first semester (Junior)
  • Personable, highly qualified professors with extensive elementary classroom experience
  • Ability to begin any term
  • Geographically flexible student teaching placements
  • Early Childhood, Middle Grade, & Structured English Immersion (SEI) endorsement options
  • High employment rates upon graduation
  • Enhanced confidence in effective teaching practices
  • State educator proficiency assessment preparation
  • Collaborative family-like cohorts
  • Relevant connection between the coursework & elementary teaching