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BS in Elementary Education (Initial Teacher Licensure)

Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education program is designed to prepare graduates to become elementary school teachers in K-8 classrooms. Read more about Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education program.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Degree Level:

Bachelor's

Program Prerequisites:

Students considering enrolling in the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education program should enjoy working with children and be interested in a career in education. Applicants to Grand Canyon University's bachelor's programs should have a high school diploma or the equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education program is designed to prepare students for careers as elementary teachers. The program is intended to equip graduates to lead young students in emotional and social development, teach basic academic subjects, assess students' abilities, and customize education to accommodate varying abilities within the classroom.

Along with coursework, the program includes field experience including 120 hours of observational and practice-based experiences and 15 weeks of student teaching. Graduates of this program should be prepared to seek initial teacher licensure.

Learning Format:

Online, evening, and on campus.

Program Length:

120 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Grand Canyon University's financial aid office for more information.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education program requires 68 credits of core courses, 34 - 40 credits of general education courses, and 12 - 18 credits of elective courses. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Requirements (34 - 40 credits)

  • University Foundations courses including one or more of the following:
    • Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab
    • University Success 103
    • University Success 303
    • University Success in the College of Education
  • Effective Communication courses including one or more of the following:
    • 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy
    • English Composition I
    • English Composition II
  • Christian Worldview courses including one or both of the following:
    • Christian Worldview 101
    • Christian Worldview 301
  • Critical Thinking courses including one or more of the following:
    • Applications of College Algebra
    • College Mathematics
    • 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
    • Environmental Science
  • Global Awareness, Perspective and Ethics courses including one of the following:
    • U.S. History Themes
    • General Psychology
    • Everyday Sociology

Core Courses (68 credits)

  • Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
  • Child and Early Adolescent Development and Psychology
  • Instructional Planning and Assessments for Elementary Teacher Candidates
  • U.S. History Themes
  • Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
  • Survey of Special Education: Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  • Creating and Managing Engaging Learning Environments
  • Foundational Literacy Skills and Phonics
  • Methods and Strategies for Teaching Mathematics
  • Fostering Student Engagement
  • Social Justice for Educators
  • Arizona Constitution and Government
  • Methods of Structured English Immersion for Elementary Education
  • Instructional Methods and Strategies for Integrating Science and Health
  • Methods and Strategies for Integrating Social Studies and the Arts
  • Methods and Strategies for Teaching English Language Arts
  • Student Teaching for Elementary Education Teacher Candidates

Open Elective Credits (12-18 credits)

  • Open electives

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

This bachelor's degree can be a stepping stone toward pursuing a master's degree in the field of education or another area of focus. Earning a master's degree could afford students additional career choices and the opportunity for increased responsibilities in the workplace.

Applicable master's programs could include (but are not limited to):

  • Master of Education in Elementary Education
  • Master of Education in Special Education
  • Master of Arts in English with an emphasis in education

Career Paths:

Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education program is designed to prepare graduates to be elementary school educators, qualified to teach in K-8 classroom settings. Through student teaching and extensive coursework related to teaching young children, graduates might be able to pursue positions including:

  • Elementary school teacher
  • Academic tutor
  • School administrator