Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education

Become a K-6 Elementary School Teacher

Upon successful completion of this degree and submission of passing scores for the appropriate licensing tests, you will be recommended for initial teacher licensure to the Hawaii Teachers Standards Board (HTSB) to teach kindergarten through sixth grade (K-6) in a general education classroom.


K-6 teachers are typically responsible for the instruction of all core subject areas for a class of approximately 25 students and are expected to meet the academic, organizational, behavioral, and professional goals of highly qualified teachers in the United States. K-6 teachers help provide the early academic and social experiences that build a foundation for student success.

Who should consider this program?

  • People who are interested in teaching children in elementary school.
  • People who are invested in education and are interested in inspiring the next generation of students.

Career and Licensure Information

Program graduates teach in public schools K-6, public preschools, private schools, and private preschools. Program graduates also pursue graduate degrees in education and other fields.

Once completing an initial teacher licensure program, graduates are eligible to apply for a state license through the Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Board, which will allow the licensee to teach in public and charter schools in the State of Hawai‘i.

Hawai‘i also participates in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement which facilitates the mobility of educators among states that are members of NASDTEC. UHM recommends you contact the office of certification in any state to which you may be relocating to get the most current information. See NASDTEC website for more information.