Elementary Education | Winthrop University

Elementary Education

Bachelor of Science

The B.S. in Elementary Education leads to certification in grades 2 through 6. Housed within the the Curriculum and Pedagogy Department, the program mission is focused on personalized and challenging educational experiences designed to meet the needs of students who will become teachers in a complex and rapidly changing society. Students can choose expand certification to include grades pre-K to 1 with an additional certification test. Teacher candidates pursuing a degree in elementary education take classes from engaging professors and complete meaningful field experiences in local schools beginning the first year. Winthrop elementary education faculty seek to develop educators with a commitment to leadership, stewardship, collaboration and innovation. Winthrop elementary education majors are eagerly hired into successful teaching careers in today's school.

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Potential Employers

Some of the graduates of this program have gone on to work for:

  • Anderson University (SC)
  • Anthology Inc
  • Blackbaud
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Columbia International University
  • Converse University
  • Envoy Group
  • Extended Stay America
  • Greenville County Schools
  • Gwinnett County Public Schools
  • National Inventors Hall of Fame
  • Oracle
  • Prince William County Public Schools
  • Slalom Consulting
  • South Carolina Department of Education
  • Southern Homes of The Carolinas
  • Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
  • University of South Carolina
  • YMCA of Greenville

Career Paths

Graduates of this program have gone on to become:

  • 4th Grade Teacher
  • Business Immigration Paralegal (L & E Visas)
  • Camp Director
  • Design Review Board
  • Director for Philanthropy
  • Director of Educational Ministries
  • Director, Professional Services Operations
  • District Executive Director
  • Elementary School Principal
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • ESOL/ENG II Teacher
  • Executive Director of Elementary Education and Instructional Programs
  • Instructional Designer
  • Military Achievement Specialist
  • Principal
  • School Principal
  • Sr. Frontend Developer
  • Teacher

Top Industries

Many of the graduates of this program find themselves working in:


  1. Education Management
  2. Primary/Secondary Education
  3. Primary and Secondary Education
  4. Higher Education
  5. Real Estate
  6. Education Administration Programs
  7. Financial Services
  8. Hospital & Health Care
  9. Medical Practice
  10. Nonprofit Organization Management

Curriculum and Learning Opportunities

The elementary education program incorporates a research-based curriculum with practical, real world classroom experiences in the area elementary schools. The conceptual framework provides an infrastructure for preparing Winthrop graduates as teachers and educational leaders in the ever-changing world of education.


Why Winthrop?

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Real World Experience

Students experience an intense, clinically-based curriculum with an average of 1,200 hours spent in public school classrooms, including a year-long internship under the guidance of a mentor teacher.

Student teacher playing a board game with children

Nationally Accredited

We have a long history of meeting rigorous professional standards and pride ourselves in preparing highly effective educators ready to meet the diversity and demands characterized by 21st century classrooms.

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Exceptional Faculty

Learn from faculty who are committed to research and scholarly endeavors that both inform the profession and enhance public education in our society.

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Beyond Graduation

Ameca Carter Thomas

Ameca Carter Thomas
Elementary Education, Class of 2009
School Superintendent, Laurens County

"Winthrop gave me a solid foundation and taught me about leadership. I have always been a hard worker and worked hard to make my dreams a reality."

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