Bachelor of Arts Elementary Education - Leads to teacher licensure
Earning an online degree in elementary education will put you in the classroom of your dreams. The B.A. in Elementary Education will give you the content knowledge and teaching skills necessary to become a certified elementary school teacher. You will become a highly qualified teacher ready to make a difference in a child’s life.
Note: WGU is the first exclusively online university to receive NCATE accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure, a testament to the fact that WGU graduates have the knowledge and skills to be effective in helping all students learn.
The B.A. Elementary Education program meets the requirements for licensure through grade 8 in some states. In Indiana the program prepares students to receive the Elementary Generalist, Grades K-6 teaching credential. Click here for additional details about Indiana licensure requirements.
Who the Program is For:
- Unlicensed teachers, substitute teachers, career changers, retired military personnel, school paraprofessionals, and others who feel the call to teach.
- Individuals who have completed some college coursework or have applicable work experience.
- Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.
This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Demonstration teaching and the cohort seminar are offered twice each year, in the fall and spring. Click here to learn how this program works.
What You'll Learn
Essential Knowledge and Skills
We developed our online elementary education program with significant input from experts and educational leaders who serve on our Education Program Council. This online elementary education degree program incorporates the essential skills and knowledge you need to become a licensed teacher, as well as practice teaching in an actual classroom and the completion of a professional portfolio. The B.A. in Elementary Education is nationally recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI).
Key Subject Areas
These Courses Add to Your Credentials
Foundations of Teaching
General Science Content
Teacher Education Diversity
Effective Teaching Practices
Elementary Education Methods
Teacher Education Foundations
Demonstration Teaching (practice teaching)
Core Subject Areas
These General Education Assessments May Be Cleared through Transfer Credit
English Composition I and II
Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan
Introduction to Humanities
Mathematics for Elementary Educators
Survey of United States History
Survey of World History
Health, Fitness and Wellness
Introduction to Communication
American Politics and the US Constitution
In-classroom experience is an invaluable part of becoming a highly qualified teacher. Your in-classroom experience will help you elevate the academic knowledge and teaching skills you’ve developed into a practical way of effectively and confidently tackling the challenges of your own classroom.
The online B.A. Elementary Education degree program also requires the successful completion of a professional portfolio.
Your professional portfolio is something to be proud of – it will include your resume and Philosophy of Teaching Statement and serve as a way to showcase the skills you have acquired throughout your degree program and demonstration teaching. You'll take what you've learned and apply it to a real-world situation by recommending strategies for effectively handling actual issues you'll face in the workplace.