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Elementary Education concentration

Students in the B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education concentration are recognized for their:
  • Ability to create learning environments that meet the needs of diverse student populations;
  • Commitment to intellectual curiosity and on-going professional development;
  • Expertise in implementing research-based practices across the curriculum;
  • Understanding of the importance of multiple perspectives in a multicultural world; and
  • Ability to develop linkages among parents, school, and community



Our nationally-accredited Elementary Education Teacher Preparation concentration recognizes its role in developing culturally responsive teachers. Our graduates honor the strength and potential of the individual in their school communities.

Progress sheets for the Elementary Education Teacher Preparation Program can be found on the College of Education and Human Development Advising Resources page.

Program Highlights

  • Our Elementary Education Program is designed as a field-based program.
  • Upon graduation, candidates will be eligible for endorsement in Elementary Education and Special Education: General Curriculum. 
  • Candidates earn more than 500 clock hours working in elementary classrooms and with students receiving special education.
  • Radford University has developed partnerships with local communities, public schools, professional organizations, and other universities and community colleges which establish authentic networks for candidate learning and career development.
  • Our faculty’s expertise and research agendas in high-impact teaching strategies, cultural responsiveness, instructional technology, and interdisciplinary teaching provide students with learning experiences that are deemed best practices.
  • The Elementary Education program provides access to a wide variety of technology and instructional tools through the on-campus Teacher Resource Center.
  • Candidates have access to the exemplary Center for Academic Advising and Student Support and the Learning Assistance Resource Center.
  • Students who graduate with their bachelor’s degree from the elementary education program are eligible for the Virginia prek-6th grade teaching licensure. They may then enter the M.S. in Special Education and complete that degree in one year with an additional license. 


Teacher candidates pursuing licensure in PreK-6th grade develop competencies in many areas including the following:

  • Valuing multiple perspectives in a multicultural world;
  • Understanding human development and the teaching/learning transaction;
  • Designing instruction using the backward design process;
  • Managing classroom activities and student behavior;
  • Conducting assessment of and for learning; and
  • Incorporating instructional technology applications.

Elementary and Special Education: General Curriculum

Across the United States, school systems face a critical shortage of highly qualified teachers in special education. Students pursuing a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies and licensure in Elementary Education (PK-6) from Radford University may enter the fifth year Master of Science Degree in Special Education. This includes graduate coursework and two clinical experiences and leads to Virginia licensure in Special Education: General Curriculum (K-12). Students must meet all requirements for admission to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies before being enrolled in the graduate-level portion of the program, known as the fifth year. Students are expected to complete the graduate admission process during the final semester of their senior year. 

Progress sheets for the Elementary and Special Education: General Curriculum Teacher Preparation Program can be found on the College of Education and Human Development Advising Resources page. 

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • Completion of the application and submission of application fee
  • A copy of a current general education teaching license (either elementary, middle, or secondary)
  • An up-to-date professional resume 
  • Official undergraduate transcripts from all schools attended
  • Two professional recommendations

Master's Degree Class and Internship Requirements

The following courses (30 credit hours) are required for the master’s degree in Special Education  and VDOE licensure in Special Education: General Curriculum K-12

  • EDEF 605: Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDSP 645: Instructional and Adaptive Methods in Mathematics
  • EDSP 646: Instruction and Intervention Strategies in Reading and Writing for Students with Disabilities
  • EDSP 675: Teaching Students with Exceptional Learning Needs in the Elementary General Curriculum
  • EDSP 676: Teaching and Transitioning Exceptional Learners in Secondary Education
  • EDSP 669: Diagnostic and Assessment Procedures for Individuals with Disabilities
  • EDSP 791: Elementary Teaching Internship in Special Education General and Adapted Curriculum
  • EDSP 792: Secondary Teaching Internship in Special Education General and Adapted Curriculum 

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