Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Elementary Education

An online bachelor’s degree in elementary education may provide students with in-depth training on the fundamentals of elementary classroom instruction. In these four-year programs, students may learn how to prepare lessons, teach core education fundamentals to young children, and manage planning time. Program coursework may integrate general education requirements with core elementary education courses including educational psychology, mathematics instruction, and cultural diversity.

Graduates may either pursue entry-level employment or enroll in a graduate degree program in the same or related field. Baccalaureate-level graduates may seek employment at public schools, private schools, school libraries, charter schools, and as a private tutor.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Program Length: Four years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Master’s / Doctoral Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 15% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for baccalaureate-level elementary education degree programs may include general education requirements alongside core education coursework. These courses may teach students how to teach literacy and reading methods, plan daily lessons, and effectively manage a classroom. Core elementary education classes may include the following:

  • Fundamentals of Educational Psychology
  • Classroom Management
  • Educational Assessment
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Elementary Reading and Literacy Methods
  • Language Arts Instruction
  • Elementary Physical Education

Career Options

Baccalaureate-level graduates may explore career opportunities in public education, private education, charter schools, private tutoring, and in libraries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities in elementary education are projected to increase by 15% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Middle School Teacher
  • Preschool Worker
  • Librarian
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Kindergarten Teacher

Continuing Education

Students who successfully graduate from a baccalaureate program in elementary education may have the opportunity to further their education by enrolling in a graduate degree program. Graduate-level degree programs in elementary education may provide students with advanced training in classroom instruction, lesson planning, and educational technology. Employers may require a bachelor’s degree or higher in addition to licensure to be eligible for teaching position.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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