LEECE - Elementary Education Academic Programs

School of Education & Professional Studies

Literacy, Elementary, and Early Childhood Education

Contact Information

Carroll Hall - First Floor
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050

Dr. Helen R. Abadiano

Professor and Chair
Phone: (860) 832-2180

Dr. Julia Kara-Soteriou

Professor and Chair
(860) 832-2181

Lisa Michaud

Administrative Assistant
Phone: (860) 832-2175
Fax: (860) 832-2109

Elementary Education

Kindergartener Storybook Day

Bachelor's Program

Be a leader in children’s education, grades 1 through 6, and make a difference in the lives of generations to come!

Our Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education will prepare you with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become an exceptional teacher in grades 1 through 6.  In this program you can choose a major in one of the following disciplines:  English, General Science (Biology or Earth Science), Geography, History, and Mathematics.  No matter which major you choose, the program’s high-caliber faculty will prepare you to be among the best and most competitive candidates in Elementary Education in Connecticut and other states in the country. 

Program Goals & Learning Outcomes

Requirements for Admission

**In light of our current situation, for those who plan on applying September 10, 2020 and February 10, 2021, we are waiving the following requirement for admission: “Documentation of 15 hours of quality paid or volunteer experience with children or young adults. Acceptable experiences include work in professional settings such as childcare teacher or assistant teacher, camp counselor, paraprofessional, classroom volunteer, work in an after-school program, or work in a Scout or YMCA program. Baby-sitting or parenting experience is not acceptable.

For Spring 2021 applications:

If, because of Covid-19 restrictions you were unable to volunteer or work with children as you may have planned prior to Covid-19 restrictions and you are unable to get a letter of recommendation from a professional who has supervised you working with children, your letter from a professional must be from someone who has supervised you working in a professional setting or someone who has hired you to nanny or babysit; this letter cannot be from a family friend or a relative. **


Teacher Preparation: Professional Program and Certification


Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation in Elementary Education

Field Experience Handbook

This handbook explains field assignments and expectations of teacher candidates during sequences I, II, & III in the professional program. Also, explained in the handbook are expectations of host teachers and course instructions and/or field supervisors. 



Questions about the Elementary Education Undergraduate Program?


Michael Bartone
Program Coordinator
Henry Barnard Hall 209
(860) 832-2183