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Teach Grades K-6 with TROY’s Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education

If you’re a servant leader passionate about children, teaching and making a difference in our world, Troy University’s Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education will help you become a teacher who leaves a lasting impact on students’ lives. Your TROY degree will prepare you to be highly competitive for K-6 teaching jobs in Alabama and beyond. In TROY’s program, you will learn from professors with decades of teaching experience in elementary classrooms and who know how to use innovative teaching methods and technology. You’ll receive your bachelor’s in elementary education from an institution founded in 1887 as a teacher’s college. An accredited university, TROY has been consistently ranked among the top public schools, top regional universities in the South and best value schools by U.S. News & World Report.

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“I cannot think of a better word to describe Troy’s Department of Teacher Education team other than phenomenal. Being able to have personal relationships with each of my professors is something I wanted when looking for my ideal college experience, and Troy fulfilled that goal. I can confidently say that TROY molded me into a better student, teacher, and individual.”
Ann-Elizabeth Murphy | First Grade Teacher, Headland Elementary School | 2023 Graduate, Elementary Education Program

Professional Certifications Embedded Into Your Elementary Education Degree

Be highly qualified for teaching jobs through the only four-year university in Alabama to embed professional learning opportunities into its bachelor’s in elementary education program. By the time you graduate, you’ll have earned important certifications in Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative (AMSTI); the Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI); Dyslexia Simulation Training; Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS); and co-teaching.

An Elementary Education Program with a 100% Job Placement Rate

If you want to become a teacher, you’ll also want an elementary education program with a proven track record of success. TROY’s teacher education program boasts a 100% hire rate. This is also an ideal time to pursue teaching jobs at the K-6 level in schools in Alabama and across the nation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), an average of about 120,300 openings for kindergarten and elementary school teachers are projected each year through 2031.
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Education Major Curriculum

While specific courses may vary from year to year, your coursework may include:
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Elementary Education Program Locations

Pursue your Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in person on one of TROY’s campuses. For more information about program availability and delivery options, call 1-800-414-5756.

Put Theory to Work in the Real World with Built-In Teaching Experiences

As an elementary education major at TROY, you’ll learn how to teach all major content areas by spending two semesters in elementary school classrooms, learning alongside mentor teachers. Through hands-on teaching experiences, such as a literacy practicum, a math/science/STEM practicum and an internship, you’ll learn how to develop and execute effective lesson plans that fully engage students. 

You’ll also have hands-on learning opportunities through the College of Education’s state-of-the-art Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STREAM) Lab. The lab will help prepare you to integrate STEAM into your future classroom curriculum. It is also used to provide STEAM camps for area children and professional development to motivate educators to implement STEAM more often in their classrooms. 

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Careers with the TROY Elementary Education Degree

You will be highly sought after for K-6 teaching jobs with your bachelor’s degree in education from TROY. It also lays the groundwork for postgraduate work and various specialty degrees.

Faculty Profiles

Dr. Catherine C. Lott

Dr. Catherine C. Lott

Dr. Catherine “Cathy” Lott is a Troy native and two-time TROY graduate. She taught for 20 years in public elementary schools and was a reading coach and an adjunct professor for seven years before joining the TROY faculty full time in 2019. She received a 2023 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for excellence of character, humanitarian service and spiritual qualities.
Dr. Timon Paleologos

Dr. Timon Paleologos

Dr. Timon Paleologos is an Associate Professor in the elementary education program. He earned Ph.D., M.Ed., and B.S. degrees from Auburn University. Dr. Paleologos has been teaching at TROY since 2005.
Dr. Shannon M. Dadd

Dr. Shannon M. Dadd

Dr. Shannon Dadd is an Assistant Professor in TROY’s Department of Teacher Education. She teaches Educational Technology, Science and STEM to all education majors. She serves as the department’s Field Experience Coordinator, connecting education majors to mentor-teachers in partnership schools. Additionally, Dr. Dadd serves as Chair on the Board of Directors for Alabama STEM Education.
Dr. Dana Evans

Dr. Dana Evans

Dr. Dana Evans completed her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction for elementary education at the University of Alabama in 2019. She has taught various grades in Title 1 elementary schools in Georgia and Alabama. Her research interests are preservice teacher literacy instruction, place-based learning, and instructional approaches in literacy education.
Brittany Smith

Brittany Smith

Brittany Smith is a lecturer in TROY’s Teacher Education Program. A TROY alumnus, she earned her undergraduate degree in collaborative/special education (grades K-6) and her master’s in instructional leadership and administration. She taught grades 3-5 for nine years and was an assistant principal at Brantley School for three years. She also worked as a reading specialist with Crenshaw County Schools for one year.
Angela Carpenter

Angela Carpenter

Angela Carpenter is a lecturer in the Department of Teacher Education for Elementary Education. Prior to coming to TROY, she taught first and sixth grades and was an elementary/secondary school principal for 17 years. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s in elementary education at TROY.

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