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Applying to the Elementary Education Program

Updated: Feb 23, 2023

Application season is upon us and it's time to get cracking! This year, the priority deadline for applications to the Elementary Education program is February 15, and the final deadline for all applications is August 13. The Elementary Education program is an open major, meaning that everyone who applies and completes the requirements will be accepted. Woohoo!

Though the application may seem a bit daunting, we're here to break it down into easy, attainable steps. At any point, if you would like to start applying or check on your own application, follow this link. All of these steps we are about to share can also be found here.

1. Declare Your McKay School Pre-major

Declare your pre-major online by completing the following steps:

  1. Sign in with your Net ID and password

  2. In the "Tools" section on the left-hand side of the screen, select "Change Major Request"

  3. Click "Request a change of major"

  4. Choose your desired pre-major from the drop down

  5. Check the applicable boxes and click "Submit." It may take a few days for your request to be processed

You can also contact the Advisement Center by phone, email, or in person to declare your pre-major. Find ways to contact your advisor or schedule an appointment here.

2. Complete Prerequisite Courses

Before (or concurrently with) applying, complete the following 2 courses:

  • SFL 210 (Human Development)

  • EL ED 200 (Introduction to Elementary Education)

3. Start your Application

Time to apply! Elementary Education applications are due February 15 (To start fall semester) or October 1 (To start winter semester).

To start your application:

  1. Log in to

  2. Select the “Applications” tab

  3. Select “Start a New Application”

  4. Fill out basic information and complete required tasks

4. Ensure your Basic Skills Tests Meet Requirements

You are required to meet basic skill requirements in order to be accepted into the Elementary Education program. These are determined through ACT and SAT scores (including writing), but there are ways to make up for not reaching the requirements. Contact your academic advisor to learn more about these requirements and what make up tests you can complete in place of ACT and SAT scores if necessary.

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5. Pass the BCI/FBI Fingerprint Background Check

You are required to pass an FBI Background check and have your fingerprints taken. To do this, first fill out the background check linked in the application. Then, take the background check sheet, your social security card, and a photo ID with you to MCKB 350 where your fingerprints will be taken. The whole process only takes around 10 minutes and costs $10 (charged to your financial account). To learn more, watch this video created by the McKay School.

6. Declare your Major

Once accepted into the program, you will receive an email to confirm. The advisement center will remove your pre-major status and add the major to your records.

Note: All McKay School students are encouraged to meet with an advisor to create a Graduation Plan.

We hope this was helpful to you as you plan ahead for your major! Feel free to schedule an appointment with a student ambassador (here) or your academic advisor if you have any questions! Can't wait to see you around the McKay School!

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