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Take charge of your teaching career

If you are inspired to develop children’s academic, social and cognitive skills in the classroom, exploring online bachelor’s education degrees is a great first step. When you learn in a teaching program like the Bachelor of Science in Education in Education/Elementary Teacher Education or Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education it allows you to explore learning strategies to guide students in pre-school to elementary school. A teaching-focused bachelor’s education degree also helps you prepare for teaching licensure. If you live in California, the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies program can prepare you for a multiple-subject teaching credential.   

Fitting education into your schedule is easier because our core courses are online and most are only 5 weeks long. While the field and student teaching requirements must be completed in person, most of the courses in our bachelor’s education degree programs offer the flexibility of studying online and starting school up to 12 times during the year so you can take part in your full, busy life. 

Find the education bachelor's degree for you

12

The number of times a year you can start your degree based on your schedule.

120 credits*

The number of credits required to complete a bachelor’s education degree with UOPX.

4 years*

The average time to complete a bachelor’s education degree with UOPX.

Skills you’ll develop with core bachelor's education degree courses

Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education

  • Instructional practice 
  • Professionalism
  • Ethical practice
  • Learner development
  • Innovation

Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary EducatioN

  • Instructional practice 
  • Professionalism
  • Ethical practice
  • Learner development
  • Innovation

     

Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (California ONLY)

  • Teaching
  • Professionalism
  • Leadership
  • Learning strategies
  • Innovation

Outlook for workers with an education bachelor's degree

BLS CATEGORY: Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers

JOB GROWTH: 7%

Bureau of Labor Statistics job growth for kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to be as fast as average between 2020 and 2030.

JOB TITLES:

  • Early childhood teacher
  • Preschool teacher

 

 

BLS CATEGORY: Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers

JOB GROWTH: 7%

Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for elementary education teachers is projected to be as fast as average between 2020 and 2030. 

JOB TITLES:

  • Elementary education teacher

 

BLS CATEGORY: Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers

JOB GROWTH: 7%

Bureau of Labor Statistics job growth for elementary education teachers is projected to be as fast as average between 2020 and 2030.

JOB TITLES:

  • Elementary education teacher

 

 

Bachelor’s education degree course requirements

Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education

You’ll have 20 core courses of program-specific knowledge and a clinical practice/student teaching component to help you build the skills, competency and confidence to teach elementary school children. These core courses include topics like: childhood development, elementary methods: reading/language arts, elementary methods: mathematics and more. 

Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (California only)

You’ll have 14 core courses of program-specific knowledge and a clinical practice/student teaching component to help you build the skills, competency and confidence to teach children. These core courses include topics like: elementary models: reading and language arts, instructional methods for English language learners, classroom management and more.  

Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education

You’ll have 19 core courses of program-specific knowledge and a clinical practice/student teaching component to help you build the skills, competency and confidence to teach children. These courses include subjects like: foundation of early childhood education, early childhood literacy development, methods of teaching in early childhood: mathematics and more. 

Student experience

Over 1 million alumni have earned their degrees while balancing work, school and life. So can you. 

How to apply for your bachelor’s education degree program

After selecting your program, choose your start date from our calendar. Applying for a degree here is free. Register for courses before the deadline (usually one week before the program starts). After applying, you’ll speak to an enrollment representative who helps prepare you to begin class. 

  • No application fee — no obligation!
  • No SAT, GMAT or essay required
  • No out-of-state tuition
  • Our risk-free trial lets eligible students try out University of Phoenix for three weeks at no additional cost

Experienced faculty

Learn from accomplished, real-world faculty members who lead in the fields they teach. Our instructors go through a careful vetting process before joining our faculty ranks. 

And with a student-faculty ratio of 28:1 you get the attention you need.* Your instructors will include industry leaders who encourage, challenge, and inspire our students.

“I am so proud that our College of Education can reach and support students’ course work and clinical practices in communities where traditional higher education institutions don’t and help those students achieve so they can serve those same communities as certified classroom teachers.”

— Dr. Roggeman

Pamela M. Roggeman, Ed.D.

Pamela Roggeman is the Dean for the College of Education at University of Phoenix.  There, she has led the work of preparing thousands of teacher candidates in numerous states to satisfy credentialing requirements. 

This experience has included national partnerships helping to advance thought-leadership in the field of education.  She has spent over a decade in higher education teacher preparation in both the public and private sector.  Pam also serves as the President of the Arizona Educational Foundation’s Board of Directors. Before Pam's second career in teacher preparation, she was an award-winning high school English teacher for 18 years in AZ.  She was also a 1999 AZ Educational Foundation’s Ambassador of Excellence as a Top Five Finalist for Arizona Educational Foundation’s Teacher of the Year.  She is a lifetime supporter of and believer in K-12 Public Education. 

Institutional accreditation

University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), hlcommission.org since 1978. 

FAQ About Education Bachelor's Degrees

The program length for an online bachelor’s in education is four years. Other factors, such as the number of eligible credits you can transfer toward your program and whether you take breaks from your program you could complete your degree in more or less time. 

  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education: program length 4 years
  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education: program length 4 years
  • Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies: program length approximately 4 years and 1 month

If you want to teach early childhood/kindergarten or elementary school students in a classroom setting, a teaching degree like our Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education or Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education will prepare you to enter and grow in the profession. See your state’s requirements to prepare for your future as a teacher.  

Our core courses are taken online. The clinical portion of the degree, which includes field experience and student teaching, takes place in a traditional classroom environment.

Here’s more good news — we don’t expect you to take several courses at once. You only take one course at a time over five weeks. Our virtual learning environment is asynchronous, which allows you and your peers to engage in discussions and assignments on your own schedule. 

You can learn from faculty who are leaders in their field. They bring their experience from the real world to teach and demonstrate the skills that support your career growth. 

Although you’ll be learning in your own space, you are never alone. There are academic counselors and financial advisors who will answer your questions and support you from your first day as a Phoenix through graduation. 

Yes. If you’ve previously attended an accredited college, you may be able to transfer eligible credits that could apply toward your degree requirements. An enrollment representative can answer your questions about which credits may be transferred. 

There are even more ways to save time and money on your degree including applying for scholarships (eligible students may qualify for scholarships on day one) or you may be eligible for reduced tuition, tuition assistance or other benefits through your employer.