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Yuma Education

Elementary Education Yuma, Bachelor of Science in Education

NAU-Yuma's Education Department offers courses in teacher preparation in partnership with Arizona Western College. It is a transfer program by design and is only available at the NAU-Yuma branch campus.

Along with learning what to teach and how to teach, you have opportunities to experience increasingly complex assignments in classrooms with master teachers. We consider fieldwork and practicum experiences to be integral parts of your professional teaching preparation.

Our teacher education programs lead to professional preparation and state teaching certification in Elementary Education. To be accepted into the Elementary Education Program, you must meet criteria established by our Teacher Education Committee.


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Education in Elementary Education Yuma?

No job is more challenging, rewarding, or important than teaching small children. As an elementary educator, you'll help shape the character—and future—of every child in your classroom. It's a big responsibility. Our elementary education program will prepare you to succeed.

Here, you’ll develop the skills to meet challenges in today’s classrooms with professional practice and lifelong learning. In addition to earning a baccalaureate degree, this plan leads to an Institutional Recommendation for Elementary Teacher Certification in the State of Arizona; you must take and pass the National Evaluation Series (NES) Elementary Education Subtest I and II subject knowledge tests.

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 60 units of major requirements
  • At least 12 units of concentration requirements
  • Be aware that you may not use courses with an EDU prefix to satisfy liberal studies requirements. Contact your department for information about liberal studies courses that are specific to this major.
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA 2.5
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching Required
Progression Plan Link Not Available


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
  • To be eligible for admission to the program, candidates must meet the following requirements:

    • All NAU YUMA Elementary Education students, prior to being fully accepted into the teacher training program, are required to pass the National Evaluation Series (NES) Elementary Education Subtest I and II subject knowledge tests.
    • Students will also need to pass the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge test as a State certification requirement.
    • 45 units of transfer credit coursework
    • *EDU 110, *MAT 130, *MAT 135 (* Arizona Western College courses), with a minimum grade of "C"
    • Two lab science courses with a minimum grade of "C" in each course
    • The English foundations requirements (ENG 101, 102) with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. (If your English grade point average is below 3.0, you may take an approved writing course to achieve the 3.0 grade point average.)
    • One of the following grade point average requirements:
      • a cumulative 2.5 GPA in Liberal Studies courses
      • a cumulative 2.5 GPA in all courses
    • Recommendation Form (included in the application packet) completed by someone who has directly observed your work with children or adolescents within the ages of pre-school through high school. Such work experience can be either voluntary or paid, but must have occurred in a structured setting for a minimum of fifteen hours. Examples of acceptable experience may include work as a camp counselor, swimming instructor, Sunday school teacher, volunteer in a classroom, or other similar settings.
    • A declared concentration as defined under Major Requirements (not required for Elementary/Special Education grant program dual majors).
    • Attendance at a program orientation and attendance at the Elementary Education Seminar
    • A copy of your State-approved Identity-Verified Print (IVP) fingerprint clearance card. You may pick up an application packet in the AC Building reception area.
    • Be admitted to NAU
Major Requirements
  • Take the following 60 units:

    • Foundations (25 units)

      • *MAT 130, *MAT 135
      • *EDU 110, *EDU 207, *EDU 210, *EDU 222, EDU 301W, EDU 324
      • *SEI 293
      *Arizona Western College courses

  • Concentration (12 units)

    • A concentration represents course requirements in a particular field or subject area required for all elementary education majors. All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C".
Teacher Preparation
  • In our teacher education program, you are required to complete a student teaching experience. Student teaching includes participation in a student teaching seminar. In addition, a minimum number of units of practicum is required, which involves supervised field experience with a practicing teacher. Additional field experience may be required.

    Before being accepted to student teaching, the following criteria must be met:

    • Admission to the teacher education program
    • NAU GPA must be at least 2.5, with a GPA of 2.5 in all teacher preparation courses, with no grade lower than a "C".
    • Complete all plan requirements.
    • All education courses and departmental requirements, with the exception of *EDU 110 must be completed within the six years prior to student teaching.
    • All concentration courses must be completed with no grade lower than a "C".
    • All candidates must demonstrate social and emotional maturity consistent with professional standards of classroom instruction as well as adequate physical health for teaching.
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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