Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education – Online


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Program Description

Key Facts

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • 3.5 Years (Average)
  • Class Type: 100% online, 8-week courses
  • Transfer Credits:  Transfer in up to 75% of the degree total
  • Next Start Date: Jun 29, 2020
  • Accreditation: Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Equip Children for a Bright Future with an Online Education Degree

Kids need support in education to have the best chance at a successful future. Liberty University’s online Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree program can give you the tools you need to help children grow into healthy, happy adults. Our degree in elementary education is designed to equip you with foundational skills in learning theory and practice. You will also examine current trends and practices used in both public and private schools. These skills will help you build up kids and help them learn and grow.

Our elementary education degree online classes are designed to give you pre-teacher preparation with the opportunity to practice creating lesson plans and units. You will also learn specialized assessment methods such as adaptive learning and direct instruction. The online elementary education degree flows into our Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). 

Liberty University’s School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) as an educator preparation provider. Students who complete their bachelor’s in education degrees can move into one of our many NCATE approved licensure-track graduate education programs. With these credentials, you can be sure that you will be ready to meet the challenges of the field.


Why Choose Liberty University’s Elementary Education Degree Online?

Liberty’s BS in Elementary Education degree is offered online so you can complete your courses from the comfort of your own home. Our flexible coursework is designed to fit your schedule. You will study learning theories, teaching best practices, and cutting-edge teaching technology. You will also learn from professionals with real-world classroom experience who can mentor you in your teaching process.

You will also have hands-on teaching experience through our online education degree’s optional practicum. The practicum allows you to embed yourself in a local school so that you can use your skills in a real environment. Invest in Liberty’s NCATE-accredited online teaching bachelor’s degree with the confidence that your expertise will be respected.

Common Questions

Here are some common questions and answers about our elementary education program:

What is Elementary Education?

Elementary education is the discipline of teaching young children from kindergarten to start of middle grades. In the state of Virginia, elementary grade levels include kindergarten through 6th grade. Curriculum and instruction for elementary education develop reasoning skills and exposes children to many topic areas that will be expanded on in later grades.

Can I earn a teaching degree online?

Yes, with a student teaching placement near you, and other state requirements. Liberty’s BS in Elementary Education is a non-licensure track. This program is designed for teachers who already have initial licensure, or plan to complete a licensure-track master’s degree. For more information about how to become a licensed elementary teacher through your bachelor’s in education degree, see the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) page.

What are the Benefits of Liberty’s Elementary Education Degree Online?

Liberty’s online teaching degrees can help you take advantage of the increased need for elementary education professionals. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that the median pay for kindergarten and elementary school teachers in 2018 was $57,980. 

The BLS also suggests that the job market for elementary teachers will grow by 3% by 2026. Liberty’s BS in Elementary Education will help you stand out in the marketplace. And with professional skills that apply to any industry, you will also be equipped to pursue many career options outside of the classroom.

  • Our bachelor’s degree in elementary education was ranked in the top 3 for best online elementary education programs by
  • You will be equipped to meet many teaching area needs with this degree’s broad base of topic areas.

What Will You Learn in Our Online Elementary Education Degree?

Completing Liberty University’s online teaching degree in elementary education will give you a thorough background in all aspects of education. You will study education theories and how to create a safe, creative, and fun learning environment. With these skills, you can help children from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds learn and grow.

Liberty’s online teaching degree is designed to prepare students with a practical, ethical, and legal understanding of education. This background is necessary to ensure that these students can meet the challenges of current-day teaching.

While completing Liberty’s online bachelor’s degree in elementary education, you will study critical learning theories. Through this study, you will create strong portfolios and curriculum that will demonstrate your expertise to future employers. If you complete the optional practicum, you will apply these skills in a hands-on teaching environment.

Highlights of Liberty’s Online Elementary Education Degree

  • Liberty is ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility by — and ranked as the #2 online school in America by Earning your online B.S. in Elementary Education degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition will set you apart from others in your field.
  • Your success is our success, which is why we’re committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we’ve frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 5 years — and counting.
  • To continue our mission of providing affordable education, electronic textbooks are provided for all undergraduate courses at no cost to you. As a full-time student, this could save you an estimated $800-2,000 per year on textbooks!
  • You will gain a broad-based foundation in major course areas needed to seek licensure at the master’s level.
  • You can develop classroom management skills and study elementary education research to help you keep up with the latest best practices.
  • Through the optional practicum, you can gain hands-on experience in your community.

Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $565 per course)
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set log in times
  • Potential college credit for military training

Potential Career Options with an Elementary Education Degree Online

  • Education centers
  • Education ministry
  • Homeschooling
  • Paraprofessional teaching
  • Private school
  • Tutoring

The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education has a foundational core and specialized teaching content that can help you meet state teaching requirements.

If you complete additional licensure requirements through your state or through the Master of Arts in Teaching, you may pursue state licensure. Students who complete the BS in Elementary Education online will be equipped for many roles that do not require licensure. These include education resource management roles, private schools teaching roles that do not require licensure, and tutoring or homeschool teaching roles.

Admission Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Education

Applicants must have a 2.0 or above cumulative GPA for admission in good standing.

All applicants must submit the following:
  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
  • A High School Self-Certification form
  • Proof of English proficiency

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.

Last updated Jun 2020

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