Bachelor of Science in Education/ Elementary Teacher Education

Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Teacher Education

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Approx. program length:

4 years



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Foster a love of learning

An elementary school classroom is a child’s early training ground for knowledge, creativity and responsibility. Help shape that experience through a Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Teacher Education. The program is designed for students who have no prior teaching experience or aren’t yet certified and want to become elementary school teachers.

In the BSEd/Elementary Teacher Education program, you’ll:

  • Create lesson plans that utilize research-based teaching strategies for elementary students
  • Learn how to manage a positive elementary classroom
  • Discover how to meet the educational needs of diverse elementary student populations
  • Assess children through observation, interactions and other performance measures

Teachers often have a special “it factor,” an intrinsic desire to make a difference in the lives of students. Our courses help you explore and define your goals into your own personal educational philosophy. We’ll help you build your foundation — so you can help young people build theirs.

Support for every step

Wondering how you’ll do it all? We’ve got you covered. You can complete your coursework in four years. You’ll take just one course at a time, and most are only 5 weeks long so you can balance school with life.

Plus, you’ll find plenty of support from our dedicated program support specialists who partner with you during your 100 required hours of clinical experience and clinical practice. Our program support specialists also help you navigate the world of state licensure requirements and answer any questions or obstacles you encounter along the way.

Course length:

5 weeks

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Max. number of transfer credits:


Requirements and prerequisites

You’ll need 120 credits to complete this program. These may be earned from a combination of required and elective courses. Required courses may vary based on previous experience, training or transferable credits. View general requirements 

Transfer credits

Earn your degree faster. Transfer eligible college credits or apply to have relevant experience evaluated for potential college credit. Contact an enrollment representative at 844.YES.UOPX for more information.

Clinical practice

During your clinical practice experience — one of the final steps to prepare you to pursue employment in the teaching field — you’ll apply your instruction and classroom management skills full time. Working under the supervision of a teacher and a University of Phoenix faculty advisor, you’ll develop lesson plans, teach, work with diverse student populations and incorporate technology into the classroom.

Teacher licensure

A Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education can help students with no prior teaching experience prepare for intitial teacher licensure. As licensure requirements may vary by state, it’s your responsibility to learn and meet licensure requirements in any state where you desire to practice.

View requirements for teacher licensure for your state.

View additional requirements for licensure.

COE Central

College of Education students will find many helpful resources on COE Central. Program handbooks provide a wealth of information on topics such as professional expectations, clinical experiences, clinical practice, internships,  edTPA and much more. Milestone roadmaps, Technology and Multimedia resources, and various toolkits are also available.

Core courses

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University Studies For Success gen127
Foundations For University Success gen201
Orientation To Teacher Education edu300
Foundations Of Education edu301
Child Development edu305
Models And Theories Of Instruction edu311
Legal & Ethical Issues In Education edu315
Elementary Education Seminar edu390
Classroom Management edu321
Assessment In Elementary Education eed400
Orientation To The Exceptional Child spe300
Structured English Immersion sei300
Children's Literature rdg350
Elementary Methods - Reading/language Arts rdg420
Elementary Methods: Mathematics eed416
Elementary Methods - Science eed420
Elementary Methods-Health/PE eed425
Elementary Methods - Social Studies eed430
Elementary Methods - Fine Arts eed435
Diagnosis And Remediation Of Reading Difficulties rdg415
Advanced Structured English Immersion Methods sei301

Projected job growth:


According to Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth for kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to be 3 percent between 2018 and 2028. A Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Teacher Education can help prepare you to be an:

  • Elementary education teacher
  • Elementary teacher

Networking opportunities

Access powerful networking tools through our PhoenixLinkTM career services platform. Take advantage of personal career coaching. Search and apply for jobs, or make your resumé visible to employers. And connect with employers and alumni through career fairs and mixers. It’s all about connections. And we help you make them.

Learning outcomes

Along with the knowledge and skills related to the University Learning Goals, students who graduate from the College of Education should gain program-specific knowledge, skills and abilities. Each college or school creates a set of Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) to describe the knowledge, skills or attitudes students will possess upon completion of the program of study. By the time you complete your Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Teacher Education degree, you should be able to perform these learning outcomes.

Program purpose statement

The Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education is an undergraduate degree program intended to prepare students with no prior teaching experience for initial teacher licensure. The program is designed for students who want to become elementary school teachers. The program includes a clinical component requiring field experience and student teaching above and beyond program coursework.

As licensure requirements may vary by state, it’s the student’s responsibility to ascertain and meet licensure requirements in any state in which the student desires to practice and to contact the applicable state educator licensure agency to verify current requirements to become a licensed teacher. There may be additional qualifications and/or disqualifications applicable in order to work as a teacher with any local, state or federal entity.

Indiana Annual EPP Report

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The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accreditation is your assurance the University meets quality standards.

Institutional accreditation

Regional accreditation is an institution-level accreditation status granted by one of six U.S. regional accrediting bodies. Accreditation by more than one regional accrediting body is not permitted by the U.S. Department of Education.

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

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What sets us apart?

When you choose our Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Teacher Education program, you’ll discover:

Licensure support

You’re not in this alone. Our program support specialists can help you navigate teacher licensure and credentialing requirements.

Relevant curriculum

Take one course at a time through a curriculum that includes clinical experience and clinical practice to offer real-world experience.

District partnerships

We’ll help you with school placements for your clinical experience and clinical practice through our close partnerships with hundreds of school districts nationwide.

Take the next step

It’s time to let your education prepare you for the next phase of your career. You’ve got the will. And, by taking one course at time toward a Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Teacher Education degree, you’ve got the way.

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