Cannon-Clary College of Education

Elementary Education

The Elementary Education program offered at Harding University prepares a candidate to teach kindergarten through sixth grades (K-6).

General Information
All Elementary Education majors must meet the requirements for Admission to the Teacher Education Program, Admission to the Supervised Teaching Semester, and the criteria below:

  • At least 45 upper-level hours and 128 total hours are required for graduation.
  • At least eight hours of textual Bible classes including BNEW 111 and 113 and BOLD 203 and 207 are also required.
  • English course sequence of 113, 201 or 202, and 211 is required.
  • ELED 410 is a prerequisite for ELED 411.
  • EDFD 311 must be taken at Harding University.
  • Students should take EDFD 202 and 203 during their freshman year but no later than the junior year.
  • Students should apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program as soon as they complete EDFD 202 and 203.
  • Students should reserve either the fall or spring semester of the senior year for the block of courses accompanying student teaching.

Suggested Program for Elementary Education

      Curriculum Plan

Testing Information

The State Board of Education adopted the Foundations of Reading assessment for Elementary Education (K-6) and Special Education (K-12) licensure for those candidates beginning a teacher education program beginning Fall 2017.  This test complies with Act 416 of 2017 that requires a person applying in those two licensure areas to pass a stand-alone assessment of the essential components of beginning reading instruction based on the science of reading.  For more information on the Foundations of Reading assessment including Arkansas cut score, visit the Arkansas Reading Assessment website.

Contact Us

College of Education

Teacher Preparation Office


Fax: 501-279-4051

Mailing Address:
Harding University
College of Education
Box 12254
Searcy, AR 72149-5615