Dallas Schools with Elementary Teaching Programs
There are at least six schools offering early childhood through grade six (EC-6) degree programs within 30 minutes of downtown Dallas, TX. This article looks at three schools and the programs they offer. It also includes a table of facts about each school, such as size, tuition, graduation rate and acceptance rates. This information can help students find the school that's best for their needs. At the end of the article is a brief paragraph listing another Dallas-area school that offers elementary teaching programs.
- The largest school in the Dallas area is The University of Texas at Arlington. Its elementary education studies cover a variety of generalist and bilingual/ESL degree programs at the bachelor's and master's levels. It also has a doctoral degree program in educational leadership. UT Arlington offers completion options for students with associate's degrees from county community colleges. It is about 21 miles from downtown Dallas.
- Dallas Baptist University (DBU) is in downtown Dallas. It offers relevant programs at the bachelor's and master's degree levels. DBU boasts an average student to teacher ratio of 13:1, allowing for more personalized attention from teachers.
- The University of Dallas (UD), 10 miles from downtown, offers a bachelor's degree program for aspiring elementary teachers as well as a post-baccalaureate certification program. This school focuses on combining a traditional academic liberal arts education with Catholic tradition. It offers a semester abroad program in Rome.
Comparison of Schools
Aspiring education students need to consider many factors when choosing a school for their training. This table presents important facts about each school and can help in making a decision.
|The University of Texas at Arlington||Dallas Baptist University||University of Dallas|
|School Type||4-year; public||4-year; private not-for-profit||4-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||46,497||5,067||2,510|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Midsize city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*||$9,952 in-state; $25,152 out-of-state||$27,480||$38,716|
|'% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2016-2017)*||85%||95%||99%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||71%||39%||47%|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||71% for full-time students; 55% for part-time students||70% for full-time students||85% for full-time students|
|Graduation Rate (2011 start date)*||50% (31% transfer-out rate)||58% (35% transfer-out rate)||68%|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator
The University of Texas at Arlington
UT Arlington offers bachelor's degree programs in several EC-6 or mid-Level (4-8) options. Bilingual and ESL options are available for most degrees.
Bachelor of Science Arts (B.A.) in Interdisciplinary Studies Certification: Early Childhood - Grade 6
The bachelor's programs at UT Arlington require completion of the university core curriculum, which covers areas such as English composition, Texas history and social and fine arts electives. The program also requires eight hours of advanced foreign language, preferably in Spanish. Education coursework covers literacy methods, child development, and classroom management, and students will participate in field work and student teaching.
Initial Teacher Certification, Early Childhood-Grade 6
This certification-only program involves completing 24 credit hours that include a student teaching experience. Over the course of the program, students take classes covering areas such as childhood development, content area reading and writing, and literacy instruction. Students must have completed a bachelor's degree with a 3.0/4.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework to apply the program.
Master of Education in Teaching - Early Childhood-Grade 6
UT Arlington offers the master's degree in teaching with the option to earn teacher certification. Degree candidates complete 30 hours of core and research classes covering topics such as literacy, language learning, designing classroom research, and a student teaching practicum.
Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Open Option
This degree requires the completion of 30 hours of coursework. The first 12 hours are comprised of four required classes covering topics such as teaching models, classroom research, and effective teaching. Elective courses in a second discipline make up the other 18 credit hours and must be approved by a program director.
Doctor of Philosophy in K-16 Educational Leadership
UT Arlington's doctoral degree is designed for those seeking to work in areas such as institutional research or academia. The program involves coursework along with comprehensive exams and a dissertation. The objective of this degree is to prepare educational leaders to problem solve and support educational systems and environments for students across all academic levels.
Dallas Baptist University
DBU offers both regular bachelor's and master's degrees in education as well as several accelerated options combining a bachelor's degree in EC-6 with master's degrees in areas such as special education, reading and/or ESL. DBU seeks to prepare teachers who have strong content and pedagogical knowledge, critical dispositions and a commitment to Biblical servant leadership. A 2.0/4.0 GPA is required for graduation.
Bachelor of Arts or Science Early Childhood-Grade 6 Generalist
The EC-6 program at DBU involves coursework in three areas. The general studies component is comprised of 48-49 hours in classes such as computer science, English, fine arts and mathematics. The academic major portion requires 57-65 semester hours of pedagogical and content classes such as math, science and best practices in teaching. Finally, the professional component includes 15 semester hours in courses such as early childhood development and foundations and culminates in a 12-week student teaching practicum.
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
The M.A.T. is available with or without the teacher certification option, and may be earned as part of a dual master's degree in areas such as discipleship or student ministry. The program requires completion of 30-36 hours of classes, and specialization options include EC-Grade 6 and elementary. In the EC-6 program, 18 credit hours of coursework cover topics such as the pedagogy of science, content math and clinical correction of reading issues. Professional coursework covering research and internships will meet 12 of the required credit hours, and the final six credit hours will cover child development, classroom management and the preparation of a professional portfolio.
University of Dallas
To earn a teaching degree at UD, students major in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in either early childhood (EC-6) or math, science, English language arts and reading, social studies, math and science or reading, English language arts and social studies for grades 4-8. Students must complete prerequisite coursework with an overall 2.75 GPA prior to applying for admission to the teaching program. All students must pass a comprehensive exam and give an oral presentation at UD.
Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
To be recommended for certification in the area of EC-6 Generalist, students at UD must complete 22 hours of coursework covering topics such as developmental reading and children's literature. An additional 16 hours of EC-6 related coursework covering topics such as elementary science and principles of elementary education is required along with completion of UD's core general courses.
Elementary Certification (EC-6 Generalist)
This certification program is available to students who already hold a bachelor's degree, but lack certification. Students must meet prerequisite general education course and GPA requirements and then complete 12 credit hours covering elementary education, teaching methods and the history of education. A student teaching practicum is included, and comprehensive exams, Texas state exams and a teaching portfolio must also be successfully produced or passed in order to be recommended for certification and to graduate.
Other School Option
Mountain View College (MVC), which is part of the Dallas County Community College District, offers an alternative teacher certification program for those with a bachelor's degree. An internship is required, along with all certification tests, prior to becoming licensed. MVC also offers an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT), which is designed to transfer to a bachelor's degree program in any Texas public college or university. Specialization options include EC-6 grade and EC-12 grade in special education.