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Education: Concentration K-5 Licensure

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Why study K-5 Licensure

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics (UIS) estimates that 69 million new teachers by 2030 will be needed to meet global education goals (2020). Tennessee teacher shortage currently is an estimated 2,200 teacher vacancies. The Department of Education (DOE) suggest the following teaching jobs for the future:

The K-5 Licensure Program is committed to fostering highly qualified professionals who are knowledgeable and skilled in performance-based practices that support reflective, data-informed practitioners. Students learn pedagogical approaches in education, as well as K-5 classroom
observational experiences.

Faculty in the K-5 Licensure Program are experienced, reflective practitioners in both academic subject and theoretical concepts. Their strong analytical, observational, and problem-solving skills guide their diverse pedagogical instruction that help students learn appropriate teaching styles, feedback, and assessment. Students learn the required skills of a good teacher such as discipline, autonomy, communication, collaboration, adaptability, and empathy. They build on these fundamental skills to value real-world learning, diversity, and active learning.

The Eriksson College of Education has specialized accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This
program prepares you for passing the edTPA as part of licensure.

What will I learn?


Sample Course Plan and General Education Requirements

Education: K-5 Licensure, BS 4 Year Sample Plan

General Education Core


Professional Licensure Disclosure

Students should be aware that licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. Licensing agencies or boards also may have requirements in addition to an earned degree. APSU recommends that students who are not Tennessee residents or who plan to seek licensure or certification outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency or board before they enroll in an academic program designed to lead to licensure or certification and discuss their plans with an advisor.

Please visit the Professional Licensure Disclosure webpage to review specific licensure information for your state and academic program.