Union University
Union University School of Education

Undergraduate Studies


Degrees Offered

Three majors are offered in the School of Education: Elementary Education, Learning Foundations, and Special Education. Secondary Education licensure is offered in 21 endorsement areas.

An Elementary Education Major is designed for students wanting to teach in early grades, elementary grades, or middle grades. This major reflects best-practices pedagogy that supports learning in a variety of classroom settings.

Within this major students choose specific grade level endorsements (Grades K-6, Grades PreK-3, or Grades 4-8). Instead of selecting an academic minor, students majoring in Elementary Education are required to have an additional major. The second major is chosen from the list below.

  • Learning Foundations Major - a newly enhanced interdisciplinary major
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • History
  • Language (French, Spanish, ESL)
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Political Science

As listed above, the Learning Foundations major is an interdisciplinary major that supports the varied content areas taught in PreK-8 classrooms. In addition to the varied academic preparation, students choose an area of emphasis to ensure a deepened liberal arts experience. This one area of emphasis is selected from one of the four school academic domains: language arts, social studies, mathematics, or science.

The School of Education also offers a major in Special Education. This major prepares students to teach special education in grades K-12 in inclusionary settings, pull-out programs, and self-contained special education classrooms.

School of Education Majors

  • Elementary Education Major
    • Early Childhood Licensure (Grades Pre-K–3)
    • Elementary Grades Licensure (Grades K-6)
    • Middle Grades Licensure (Grades 4-8)
  • Learning Foundations Major
    • A newly-enhanced interdisciplinary major
    • Includes an emphasis in one of the following
      • English
      • Mathematics
      • Science
      • Social Studies
  • Special Education Major includes endorsements in both:
    • Modified (Grades K-12 inclusion/resource) &
    • Comprehensive (Grades K-12 self-contained classrooms)