B.S. in Elementary Education (P-5)

Program Description

The B.S. in Elementary Education is designed to prepare candidates with the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions necessary to effectively meet the needs of all students in diverse settings. It leads to certification for pre-kindergarten to grade five in Georgia.

Program Overview

This broad-field program is designed to prepare teachers of young children and leads to certification for pre-kindergarten to grade five in Georgia. The cross-disciplinary nature of the program's course requirements, with special emphasis on content studies in mathematics and reading, corresponds to the broad and integrated nature of teaching in the elementary grades and the fundamental importance of developing the reading and mathematical skills of young learners. The program provides candidates with an understanding of developmentally appropriate practices and an awareness of and sensitivity to cultural diversity and individual differences among young learners.

For a list of specific courses in the P-5 Program (Main Campus), click here.
For a list of specific courses in the P-5 Program (Paulding Site), click here.

Note: The Paulding Site option is only for students in the 2 + 2 Program at Georgia Highlands.


For More Information View KSU Catalog

How do I Apply

Admission to teacher education is separate from admission to Kennesaw State University. Candidates typically apply for admission to Teacher Education as sophomores after having completed most of their general education requirements. Applications for admission to Teacher Education should be submitted online through Owl Express under the "Student Services" menu.

A criminal history background check will be performed prior to admission to Teacher Education. In addition, if determined by the background check that a student is a multi-state offender, the student will be required to pay a fee and be fingerprinted. Results of either the criminal history background check and/or fingerprinting may preclude admission to teacher education. For more information on the criminal history process, students should contact the Center for Education Placements and Partnerships (CEPP).

In order to be considered for admission to teacher education programs, candidates must have completed the following requirements:

  1. Coursework:
    • At least 45 semester hours of accredited college coursework.
    • ENGL 1101 and 1102 with grades of "C" or better.
    • EDUC 2110* with a grade of "C" or better, a satisfactory field experience evaluation, and recommendation from the EDUC 2110 instructor. (Students with transfer credit for EDUC 2110 must provide their own Supplemental Teacher Recommendation.)

      *or provide proof of credit from an approved Georgia Pathways Program

  2. GPA requirements:
    • Achieved a minimum, adjusted or cumulative GPA of 2.75 for all coursework completed at Kennesaw State University.  However, only candidates who have earned a KSU adjusted or cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher will be guaranteed admission when all other admission requirements have been met.  Students with a 2.75-2.99 GPA will be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
    • Transfer students with a cumulative transfer GPA (as used by KSU Admissions) may be considered for teacher educationadmission their first semester at KSU.  Only candidates who have achieved a transfer cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher will be guaranteed admission when all other admission requirements have been met.  After their first semester at KSU without teacher education admission, transfer students will be required to earn a cumulative or adjusted KSU GPA as explained above.
    • No grade lower than "C" in Lower Division Major and Teaching Field courses as required by the programs in teacher education.

  3. Register with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to obtain a MyPSC account and PSC identification number.
  4. Entrance exams requirements:
    • Pass or exempt* the GACE Program Admission Assessment Tests (200, 201 & 202 or combined test 700) regardless of matriculation date.
    • Complete the Georgia Educator Ethics - Program Entry exam (350).

      * The GACE Program Admission Assessment tests are comprehensive exams covering reading, writing, and mathematics. Regardless of matriculation date, the GACE Program Admission Assessment tests are a requirement for entrance into the Teacher Education Program at Kennesaw State University. Candidates should plan to take the tests prior to applying to the Teacher Education Program. Students with the following minimum scores on Collegiate SAT, ACT or GRE examinations may exempt GACE Program Admission Assessment by submitting proof of scores to the Certification Officer located in the William D. Impey Teacher Education Advisement Center, located in Education Student Services (ESS):

      SAT:    at least 1000 (Critical Reading and Mathematics)
      ACT:    at least 43 (English and Mathematics)
      GRE:    at least 1030 (Verbal and Quantitative)
      at least 297 (Verbal and Quantitative) 08/01/2011 and after

      Candidates who believe they qualify for this exemption should see the Certification Officer in the William D. Impey Teacher Education Advisement Center, located in Education Student Services (ESS) to establish and record the exemption. The center can also provide further information concerning the GACE Program Admission at (470) 578-6105.

      Any supporting documents (i.e. SAT or ACT exemption scores or Supplemental Teacher Recommendations) must be submitted to the William D. Impey Teacher Education Advisement Center (located in ESS) on or before the following deadlines:

Admission to Teacher Education Program for
Fall Semester 1st day of Spring - Summer Final Grades Due Date 
Spring Semester 1st day of Fall - Fall final Grades Due Date

Applicants will be reviewed by ESS and by the Admission and Academic Standing Committee of the applicant's proposed degree program.  All candidates who have met the requirements outlined above will be considered for admission.  Only candidates who have achieved an adjusted GPA of 3.0 or higher will be guaranteed a place in their teacher educationprogram of choice. 

Candidates who have been denied admission must remove deficiencies within three semesters of the initial application for admission in order to be eligible for reconsideration for entry into a teacher education program.

Candidates will be informed of their admission status by email to their Kennesaw State University Student email account. Candidates must enroll in the semester for which they have been admitted, or they must re-apply and meet the admission requirements for a subsequent semester.  KSU will request that teacher education candidates be issued a Pre-Service Certificate by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC).  To be eligible for this certificate, candidates must

  • Submit a complete PSC Pre-Service Certification application packet.
  • Be enrolled in an educator preparation program leading to initial certification.
  • Have a successful background check (conducted prior to application).
  • Complete PSC GACE Ethics Entry Exam (test code 350).
  • Verify enrollment in a KSU educator preparation program through personal MyPSC account.

A Pre-Service Certificate is required to participate in field experiences associated with courses required in teacher educationprograms.

Contact Us

For more information please call (470) 578-6121

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