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An online bachelor’s degree in education can provide a flexible and affordable route to entering many teaching professions. The field of education offers rewarding and fulfilling career paths where individuals can make a positive difference in communities while experiencing professional and personal growth. This is why education is among the most popular college majors. It’s also an area with a positive job outlook. With documented teacher shortages in many areas, career prospects for qualified educators are bright. A bachelor’s in education degree is a minimum prerequisite for teacher licensing in all states, and graduates of the best online bachelor’s degree in education programs are often eligible to pursue licensure in other states.

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We selected these accredited bachelor’ in education programs based on the quality of the program, types of courses provided, faculty strength, school awards, rankings and reputation, including the reputation for providing online degree programs.

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The University of Alabama 

Tuscaloosa, AL

About this school

The University of Alabama enrolls about 38,000 students on its campus in Tuscaloosa and online. 15 Rhodes, 56 Goldwater, and 187 National Merit Scholars are among UA's graduates. The school offers 200 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.

Bama by Distance allows learners around the country to take classes from UA without relocating. Students in the school's 120-credit BS in human environmental sciences in early childhood education program study topics like lifespan human development, preschool development, conceptual creative experiences for young children, and child centers and programs.

This online bachelor's degree in education offers a child development practitioner concentration — an option only available to those already working for or planning to work with a Head Start agency. All students must complete a one-semester student teaching internship at a National Association for the Education of Young Children-accredited preschool. All Bama by Distance students pay the same tuition regardless of residency.

Students may apply up to 90 transfer credits to this online education degree. Admission requires SAT or ACT scores for first-year learners. Transfer students with more than 24 credits must submit college transcripts demonstrating a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Accreditation

The University of Alabama is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The BS in human environmental sciences in early childhood education program is fully accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

Lincoln, NE

About this school

The University of Nebraska consists of four unique institutions, including a metropolitan campus serving urbanites and a campus focused on undergraduates. The school is a leader in higher education and a sports haven that maintains membership in the Big Ten Conference.

UNL's 120-credit BS in early childhood education in a mobile society provides an innovative curriculum that teaches educators to work with transient families, such as military personnel. UNL offers the program through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA) — a consortium of 20 institutions. Students receive instruction from faculty at IDEA's participating schools but graduate from UNL.

The curriculum examines key topics such as child development, child guidance and classroom environments, curriculum development for children ages birth to three, and curriculum development for children ages four to eight. Students complete two field practica that require guided learning experiences at a professional agency that serves children and families. A third practicum requires 15 weeks of student teaching, during which students exercise their pedagogical skills in observation and evaluation, classroom management, and parent interactions.

The Great Plains IDEA Student Success Center provides an online hub of tools and resources to bolster students' academic writing, research, and time management skills. All students pay one IDEA tuition rate, regardless of where they live, making this an affordable online bachelor's degree in education. Admission requires at least 30 credits with a minimum 2.5 GPA, school transcripts, and a successful criminal background check.

Accreditation

The University of Nebraska Lincoln is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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The Baptist College of Florida 

Graceville, FL

About this school

The Baptist College of Florida is a private school located in Graceville. BCF offers all degrees online, making the school one of the most innovative in the region. BCF's 124-credit BA in elementary education enrolls individuals who want to teach in kindergarten through sixth grade at public or private schools.

The curriculum requires general education in subjects such as algebra, biological science, geometry, and earth science. All students complete a 12-credit biblical/theological foundation in keeping with the school's Christian heritage. The 61-credit major includes professional education courses that examine the psychology of teaching and learning, a survey of special education, classroom management, and measurement and evaluation.

Learners also take elementary education courses that teach aspiring educators how to educate diverse populations, differentiate instruction in reading, diagnose and remediate in elementary reading, and understand the theoretical underpinnings for ESOL. A 10-credit internship serves as a key component of this online elementary education degree, giving learners supervised hands-on experience in the classroom.

Online students pay the same tuition, regardless of residency. The application requires SAT or ACT scores, official school transcripts, and a recommendation from a pastor.

Accreditation

The Baptist College of Florida is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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University of Arkansas 

Fayetteville, AR

About this school

U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among the nation's top 100 public schools. About 27,000 students attend the university each year, enrolling in 210 programs administered by 10 schools and colleges. U of A boasts a low student-to-faculty ratio that fosters personalized learning and mentoring opportunities.

In U of A's BS in education in human resource and workforce development education program, students learn how to develop the talents and skills of workers so that organizations can optimize performance. The curriculum covers topics such as career development, foundations of human resource development, strategic HRD, and organizational development. A module on training and development covers topics such as how to design and develop HR development programs, instructional technology and design, and communication in HR and workforce development.

This degree completion program is well-suited for students with general education credits from other schools. Students learning from a distance pay in-state tuition in approved online programs, including this online bachelor's degree in education program. Admission requires at least three years of full-time work experience and 35 or more credits of general education courses earned with a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA.

Accreditation

The University of Arkansas is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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The University of West Florida 

Pensacola, FL

About this school

Students at the University of West Florida can study on a 1,600-acre campus in Pensacola and online. About 27% of UWF's 13,000 students study exclusively online. UWF Global Online provides learners with a high-quality education and allows students to participate in cross-cultural initiatives across time zones.

Learners interested in teacher preparation in Florida can pursue the school's BA in exceptional student education. The program equips participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach learners with special needs. Students who complete this online education degree meet the eligibility requirements for a Florida teaching certificate in exceptional student education (K-12). They also qualify for an elementary education (K-6) teaching certificate with endorsements in ESOL.

The program provides the upper-level requirements for certification, covering topics such as effective learning environments, literacy for emergent learners, methods in inclusion and collaboration, and curriculum for teaching students with exceptionalities.

Learners must complete two 100-hour supervised practica in K-12 classrooms prior to student teaching. For a semester, aspiring educators assume the role of student teacher in a general or special education classroom. Talented students may qualify for a limited number of paid, year-long internships in Escambia County schools, which operates as a high-need area.

Applicants must pass all areas of the General Knowledge Test of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam. Applicants also need to have met the degree's lower general education requirements with a minimum 2.5 GPA; an associate degree typically meets these requirements.

Accreditation

The University of West Florida is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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LeTourneau University 

Longview, TX

About this school

LeTourneau University is a Christian school located in Longview, Texas. The university enrolls more than 3,000 students from around the world. LETU ranks as one of U.S. News & World Report's best regional universities in the West and as one of the top schools for veterans.

Learners interested in teacher preparation for the early grades can choose to earn a BA in interdisciplinary studies with teacher certification options for Texas. The online degree offers two certification options: early childhood-to-sixth grade and grades four-to-eight. Both programs require theology and vocation courses and general education in subjects such as English, history, and communication. Both tracks also cover topics such as the science of learning, literature for children and adolescents, planning and assessments, and classroom management and organization for the elementary school.

Students pursuing grades four-to-eight certification choose one of three concentrations: math/science, language arts/social studies, or fourth-to-eighth grade generalist. Aspiring teachers in the EC-to-sixth grade track receive hands-on experience onsite at LETU's pre-K learning lab, where they hone instructional strategies and classroom management skills. Students pursuing grades four-to-eight certification participate in four field practica in elementary, middle, and/or junior high school classrooms.

Applicants hoping to earn this online bachelor's degree in education must submit SAT or ACT scores, and transfer students need a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Accreditation

LeTourneau University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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Brandman University 

Irvine, CA

About this school

A school dedicated to nontraditional learners, Brandman University enrolls about 13,000 students each year, 90% of whom continue to work while attending the college. Brandman manages a robust virtual college that offers many of the school's 90 degrees online.

Brandman's BA in early childhood education (ECE) prepares educators to facilitate the development and learning of young children up to age eight. The 120-credit curriculum includes general education courses in the social sciences, natural sciences, and writing. The major delves into child growth and development, curriculum for young children, observation and assessment in early childhood education, and teaching in a diverse society.

A series of courses exclusively focuses on math, science, language, and literacy

taught to ECE pupils. Students pursuing this online bachelor's degree in education receive hands-on experiences during two supervised practica. They can complete courses fully online or in a hybrid format with on-campus instruction at one of 19 sites, including the school's main campus in Irvine, California.

All online students pay the same tuition, regardless of residency. Admission requires at least 12 credits earned with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Applicants without transferable credit may fulfill this requirement by completing the four-course Brandman Track. Brandman does not offer this degree in all states.

Accreditation

Brandman University is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. The school's online BA in early childhood education program is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

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University of North Carolina Wilmington 

Wilmington, NC

About this school

Situated on the state's coast, the University of North Carolina Wilmington enjoys recognition for its academics, research, and affordability. UNCW enrolls about 17,000 students in bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. U.S. News & World Report ranks UNCW eighth in the nation in terms of its online bachelor's programs.

UNCW's BA in elementary education teaches aspiring teachers the skills and professional competencies required for a license to teach grades K-6 in North Carolina. This program operates as a degree completion track and serves students entering their junior year of college. The program is hosted by a collaboration between UNCW, Coastal Carolina Community College, county public schools, and nearby military installations.

The curriculum covers topics such as elementary programs and practices, the psychological foundations of teaching, instructional design and evaluation, and meeting the needs of special students in elementary schools. The program offers a suite of concentrations, including behavioral studies, math and technology, and English as a second language.

Thanks to UNCW's relationships with public schools and teachers, participants enjoy access to field experiences throughout the program. Admission into this online elementary education degree completion program requires prerequisite courses, a minimum cumulative 2.7 GPA, and passing scores on Praxis Core tests (or an exemption).

Accreditation

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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Ball State University 

Muncie, IN

About this school

Founded in 1918 as a teachers training college, Ball State University has grown into a comprehensive school with seven academic colleges. The school emphasizes an immersive approach to education in which students cement learning through the practical application of their knowledge. U.S. News & World Report ranks the university among the nation's top 100 public schools.

The online BA or BS in early childhood education at Ball State is a degree completion program that prepares educators to teach pupils from birth to age five; however, it does not lead to licensure in any state. Participants acquire the knowledge and training needed to work as Head Start or pre-K teachers. Faculty from Ball State's Teachers College designed the program for students already working full time as childcare professionals.

Students complete 48 credits of early childhood and special education courses, studying topics such as early emergent literacy, literature for young children, and assessment of young children with exceptional needs. A practicum requirement gives educators experience teaching infants/toddlers and preschoolers with special needs.

This online education degree meets standards outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Admission requires an associate degree in early childhood education — which should've included a practicum experience — and a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA.

Accreditation

Ball State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The school's early childhood education program is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

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Western Carolina University 

Cullowhee, NC

About this school

Part of the University of North Carolina System, Western Carolina University began as a teachers training college and currently enrolls about 11,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. The school ranks among U.S. News & World Report's top 50 regional universities in the South.

WCU's online programs include its BS in education in birth-kindergarten education, which offers a concentration in early childhood or professional education. Students in this degree completion track acquire the skills necessary to promote small children's social, emotional, and intellectual development.

Both concentrations share a common core that examines topics such as the foundations of child study, child development, the exceptional child, and promoting social-emotional competence. The early childhood concentration requires 30 credits of courses that examine subjects such as infant development and curriculum, agency/childcare management, and infant and early childhood assessment. This concentration does not lead to public school teacher certification.

The 39-credit professional education concentration prepares learners for a certificate to teach kindergarten, public school pre-K, or North Carolina pre-K. Students acquire professional competencies related to teaching the kindergarten curriculum, assessing the young, and designing responsive classrooms. This concentration requires that students pass the Praxis I test and complete two semesters of an internship. Admission requires an AA or AS from a regionally accredited institution.

Accreditation

Western Carolina University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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Webster University 

St. Louis, MI

About this school

Webster University — located in Webster Groves, Missouri — provides learners with a globalized curriculum. Whether students study on the school's main campus, at one of its worldwide campuses, or online, they learn as part of a worldwide community of peers. Webster manages a portfolio of online degrees, including its 128-credit BA in educational studies.

This online BA does not lead to K-12 teacher certification. Instead, students engage in a scholarly examination of formal and informal learning in classrooms and communities. They learn philosophical and sociological perspectives about education, how to apply developmental psychology in formal and informal education, and how to evaluate educational practices. The curriculum's topics include instructional design, education research, lifespan development, and child and adolescent development.

Students may use 12 credits to customize their online bachelor's degree in education with an emphasis on community engagement, sustainability studies, entrepreneurship, or international human rights. Online students pay the same tuition, regardless of residency. Active-duty military, reserve, and National Guard personnel receive significant tuition discounts at Webster. Admission into the BA in educational studies program requires a high school diploma and SAT or ACT scores (for first-year students) or school transcripts demonstrating a minimum 2.5 GPA (for transfer students).

Accreditation

Webster University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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Liberty University 

Lynchburg, VA

About this school

One of the nation's largest Christian schools, Liberty University offers associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees online and at its 7,000-acre campus in Lynchburg, Virginia. Liberty enrolls about 100,000 students annually, including 30,000 military students. Online learners study in classrooms with a 17-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. Liberty offers more than 400 programs online.

The 120-credit online bachelor of education in special education at Liberty provides learners with the theoretical and practical skills necessary to teach students with learning disabilities. The degree qualifies graduates for teacher certification in Virginia and some other states. The curriculum covers general education subjects such as psychology, communication, math, and American literature. Major coursework examines behavior management, special education law and characteristics, inclusive planning for diverse learners, and teaching elementary and middle school math.

Students acquire hands-on experience in the classroom with practica and student teaching experiences in their communities. Students can transfer in up to 75% of the degree's credits. On average, students complete this online education degree in 3.5 years. Admission requires a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.

Accreditation

Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The bachelor of education in special education program is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

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Regis University 

Denver, CO

About this school

Students at Regis University receive an education grounded in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. This Denver-based school offers students of all faiths high-quality programming in classrooms that foster personalized learning. Regis ranks 26th on the U.S. News & World Report's latest ranking of the best regional universities in the West.

The BA in elementary education-K-6 at Regis equips learners with the education and training needed for initial licensure in Colorado. The 120-credit program includes 45 credits of general education courses, most of which students may transfer in based on prior learning. Coursework in the major covers topics such as the foundations of teaching, cultural competence in education, designing instruction for all learners, and teaching reading and writing.

Students must also complete a professional sequence that examines topics such as teaching the exceptional child, technology for educators, and assessment of learning. Students must also pass the PLACE or Praxis test in elementary education before they move on to take 10 credits of student teaching. To meet state requirements, participants must complete all student teaching hours in Colorado.

All students pay the same tuition, regardless of residency. Regis offers a 10% tuition discount to paraprofessionals interested in pursuing this online bachelor's degree in education. Students can save on tuition by transferring up to 75 credits into the BA in elementary education program. Admission requires a minimum 2.5 GPA on prior college-level credits and a successful background check.

Accreditation

Regis University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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East Carolina University 

Greenville, NC

About this school

East Carolina University enrolls more than 28,000 students. The school manages a robust virtual college with 120 online degree and certificate programs in fields such as healthcare, business, technology, and education. In addition to about 12,000 students who take at least one class online, about 6,700 students elect to learn exclusively from a distance.

ECU's Partnership East offers an affordable online degree completion program to train teachers to serve communities in North Carolina. Students must complete the first two years of the degree at a community college in North Carolina. They can transfer their credits to one of three teacher preparation programs at ECU, including the BS in elementary education track. This program, which leads to licensure in the state, provides two years of online education to prepare teachers of K-6 pupils.

The curriculum of the online elementary education degree covers topics like K-6 curriculum and standards, learning and instruction, and classroom organization and management. Students supplement online learning with placements in public schools in or near their communities. In their final year, students engage in a supervised, full-time internship that hones their pedagogical skills in the classroom. Admission requires a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA in transferable credits.

Accreditation

East Carolina University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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Western Governors University 

Salt Lake City, UT

About this school

A group of governors sought to innovate higher education by establishing Western Governors University. Since 1997, WGU has provided nontraditional learners with a comprehensive suite of competency-based degrees delivered exclusively online. WGU offers a catalog of teaching degrees recognized in all 50 states. At WGU, aspiring teachers can earn a teaching degree for about half the tuition of other online colleges.

The BA in elementary education leads to licensure in all 50 states. The curriculum requires 40 courses that examine foundational teaching topics, such as psychology for educators, classroom management, and educational assessment. Major-related courses focuses on the methods used to teach elementary students subjects such as math, science, social studies, and reading methods and interventions. Learners demonstrate content mastery through papers, tests, projects, and other assessments.

Students supplement online coursework with 75 hours of in-classroom teaching experiences and observation. They must also complete a full-time student teaching experience that lasts 12-20 weeks under the supervision of a clinical supervisor.

About 79% of students complete this degree in 18-48 months. Students may transfer in an associate degree to accelerate graduation. Applicants must submit school transcripts and take the WGU Readiness Assessment.

Accreditation

Western Governors University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The BA in elementary education program is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

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Asbury University 

Wilmore, KY

About this school

Asbury University provides an academic learning environment that blends high-quality academics and spirituality rooted in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. The school, located in Wilmore, Kentucky, enrolls about 2,000 students who choose from 150 academic areas of study. U.S. News & World Report ranks the school 14th among regional universities in the South. The school accommodates the needs of nontraditional learners with degree completion options delivered in eight-week sessions.

The BS in elementary education at Asbury prepares elementary educators (P-5) for licensure in Kentucky. Most students who enroll in the flexible program work full time. The online elementary education degree includes general education and biblical studies courses. The 82-credit major covers topics like human growth and development, exceptional learners, classroom management, and interventions for differentiation.

Since students in this program must complete a clinical education component in Kentucky elementary schools, most online learners live in the state or nearby. Asbury allows learners to apply up to 75 transfer credits towards this BS in elementary education. Online students pay the same tuition rate, regardless of residency.

Accreditation

Asbury University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The BS in elementary education program is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

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University of Missouri-Columbia 

Columbia, MO

About this school

Founded in 1839, the University of Missouri is one of the nation's top research schools. Mizzou enrolls almost 30,000 students from around the world. The university offers 300 degrees, including 97 undergraduate options. The school's online bachelor's programs rank among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The 120-credit BS in human environmental sciences in human development and family studies offers an emphasis in early childhood education. This program prepares educators to work with elementary school students on military installations and in civilian communities. Multiple universities collaborate to deliver this program entirely online through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance. The program does not lead to initial teacher certification.

Aspiring teachers learn about young children's needs and how to positively impact development and learning. Participants learn how to create supportive and intellectually challenging environments and forge partnerships with children's families. Topics covered include early childhood education in a mobile society, curriculum development for grades 4-8, and child guidance and classroom environments. Students acquire practical experience through three field experiences in the classroom.

Students can accelerate degree completion by applying up to 85 transfer credits towards this online bachelor's degree in education. Learners can decide whether to complete this degree through a semester-based or self-paced format. All students pay the same tuition, regardless of residency. Admission requires a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA for transfer students who hold at least 24 transferable credits.

Accreditation

The University of Missouri is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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University of Cincinnati 

Cincinnati, OH

About this school

The University of Cincinnati is a public research school that blends academic excellence with real-world experience. The university enrolls about 46,000 students on an urban campus, at various regional campuses, and online. The Early Childhood Learning Community at UC serves as a model for its online early childhood education (ECE) program.

Faculty designed the online BS in early childhood education (birth to age five) program for nontraditional learners. The degree prepares participants to teach children in a variety of settings in Ohio and leads to a recommendation for a pre-K license. Students who choose to enroll in this program usually hold an associate degree and already work in a preschool or other childcare setting.

The curriculum covers physical, cognitive, and language development in ECE; social-emotional development and guidance; math, science, and social studies for ECE; and how to operate an ECE program. Students receive hands-on experience in the classroom during a preschool internship.

Online learners who live out of state pay lower fees lower than nonresidents enrolled in on-campus programs. Admission requires an associate degree with a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA.

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The BS in early childhood education program is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University 

Waxahachie, TX

About this school

Southwestern Assemblies of God University offers Bible-based academic programs online and through its main campus in Waxahachie, Texas. The online BA in elementary education at SAGU prepares students for teacher certification in Texas and other states.

This 127-credit online bachelor's degree in education requires general education courses in subjects such as biological science, composition and rhetoric, American history, Bible study, and authentic Christianity. The 67-credit major explores how to teach subjects such as social studies, elementary math, and creative writing.

A series of professional development courses focuses on curriculum development and assessment, student teaching, and special issues and populations. Students complete the student teaching component of this online education degree in their local communities.

In the fall of 2019, SAGU dropped its tuition by as much as $10,000 for a four-year degree. Students can accelerate degree completion by earning up to 45 credits based on prior knowledge and work experience.

Accreditation

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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Midway University 

Midway, KY

About this school

Midway University is a private liberal arts school situated on a 200-acre campus in northern Kentucky. Midway's online degrees include a BA in elementary education, which prepares learners for a certificate to teach K-5 in Kentucky.


The 120-credit curriculum requires up to 40 credits of general education courses, which students may transfer into the program. The major delves into topics such as teaching and learning; mathematics for teachers; foundations of literacy; and teaching methods in science, math, and social studies. Students engage in a series of field experiences in elementary, middle, and high schools. They hone their pedagogical skills during 12 credits of student teaching in the classroom.

Recent graduates achieved a 100% pass rate on the state's provisional licensure exam. Faculty deliver the program using an accelerated eight-week format. Student support services include tutoring and career services. Ninety percent of students at Midway receive some form of financial aid, making this an affordable online elementary education degree.

The school accepts transfer credits upon review of an applicant's transcripts, and students from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System can transfer up to 80 credits into this program. Transfer students should have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA and at least 24 college-level credits. Midway enrolls students during five terms per year.

Accreditation

Midway University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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Mayville State University 

Mayville, ND

About this school

Located in North Dakota, Mayville State University offers learners affordable and accessible academic programs. The school's online bachelor of science in education in early childhood education provides teacher preparation in elementary education or early childhood education. The degree plan suits nontraditional learners interested in a teaching career in North Dakota or nearby states.

Students can pursue this elementary education degree through a combination of evening classes and interactive video networks at five sites in North Dakota, including Lake Region State College, Dakota College, and MSU's main campus.

Students study topics such as mathematics for elementary teachers, strategies In the elementary school, and reading and language arts in the elementary school. Students must complete 15 weeks of full-time, supervised student teaching in North Dakota or a nearby state. This program only enrolls residents of North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

This early childhood education program prepares learners for a license to teach pupils who are up to eight years old. The degree uses synchronous and asynchronous class formats. The curriculum covers topics such as language literacy in ECE, math strategies, pre-K methods/materials, and social/emotional development and guidance. Learners also complete 15 credits of student teaching.

Accreditation

Mayville State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The BS in education program is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

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Winston-Salem State University 

Winston-Salem, NC

About this school

Founded in 1892, Winston-Salem State University is a historically black college located in North Carolina. Part of the University of North Carolina System, WSSU offers degree programs rooted in the liberal arts. The school enrolls more than 5,000 students, about 50% of whom qualify as first-generation college students. WSSU students study in classrooms with a 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio.

WSSU's online degrees include a BS in birth through kindergarten education. The program offers three concentrations: birth through kindergarten education teacher licensure, birth through kindergarten business optional, and early intervention and preschool. Students receive a strong liberal arts foundation, engage in research-based study, and complete robust clinical experiences.

The curriculum of this online bachelor's degree in education includes courses examining responsive pedagogy, family lifespan development, exceptional children in the regular classroom, and how to integrate media and technology in P-12 settings. Students engage in a 15-week student teaching experience in a P-12 classroom that allows them to apply their knowledge and skills to a practical setting. Admission requires passing test scores on the Praxis Core test, 30-45 college-level credits earned with a minimum cumulative 2.7 GPA, and college transcripts.

Accreditation

Winston-Salem State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The BS in birth through kindergarten education program is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

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University of Louisiana at Monroe 

Monroe, LA

About this school

Established in 1931, the University of Louisiana at Monroe offers a small-town, public postsecondary experience. ULM ranks among the top national universities. Students gain access to over 150 student organizations and nearly 90 majors and minors. The university also emphasizes global awareness, innovation, and research. In fact, ULM retains high research activity recognition by the Carnegie Foundation.

Aspiring educators can earn an online bachelor of science in elementary education. This online bachelor's requires 120 credits, and full-time students can earn their degrees in four years. The first half of the program explores general education requirements, while the second half focuses on pertinent education courses. These include classroom behavior and instruction management, elementary science lab, assessment principles and practice for all learners, differentiated instruction and behavioral support, and educational psychology.

ULM also requires two residency experiences in which students work under licensed teachers practicing classroom management strategies, creating and implementing daily lessons, and grading assignments. ULM retains programmatic accreditation through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

ULM designs its online programming with nontraditional learners in mind, and it participates in the Southern Regional Education Board's electronic campus. ULM utilizes the Moodle online learning management system to administer assignments. Courses follow eight-week cycles, providing students with optimal flexibility and multiple start date options. Distance courses typically follow an asynchronous format, permitting students to complete coursework at their convenience.

Accreditation

The University of Louisiana at Monroe is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

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Gardner-Webb University 

Boiling Springs, NC

About this school

Gardner-Webb University rests at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. A Baptist university, Gardner-Webb offers a college experience that strives to foster critical analysis, community engagement, and leadership. Students benefit from small classroom sizes with a 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. Gardner-Webb offers over 80 majors and minors, as well.

Students with an affinity for teaching can earn a bachelor of science in elementary education online, which prepares graduates to educate children from kindergarten through sixth grade. Gardner-Webb offers a concentration in exceptional children in grades K-12. Coursework emphasizes Christian values in the classroom. This online bachelor's requires at least 128 credits.

Full-time students can earn their degrees in four years. Notable courses include observation and assessment, critical components of special education, communicating and collaboration with stakeholders, and educational psychology.

After satisfying general education requirements, Gardner-Webb students benefit from three semesters of education-specific coursework and field experience. This program also requires a 12-hour student teaching experience at an approved school. Gardner-Webb education courses hold approval by the North Carolina State Board of Education, and the school retains programmatic accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation.

Gardner-Webb utilizes the Blackboard online learning management system to administer distance coursework. As a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, Gardner-Webb provides interstate access to coursework for learners from other member states.

Accreditation

Gardner-Webb University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

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University of Nebraska at Kearney 

Kearney, NE

About this school

Founded in 1905, the University of Nebraska at Kearney represents Nebraska's oldest school. UNK prioritizes academic excellence, ranking among the top 10 public schools nationwide. Students can attend classes on campus, but UNK also offers high-quality distance programs. UNK learners benefit from small class sizes with an average 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio.

UNK offers an online bachelor of arts in education in early childhood inclusive. This distance program requires 120 credit hours, including 45 general education credits, 25 professional sequence credits, and 50 program-specific credits. Students may specialize in parent education or age three to grade three. Distinctive courses include foundations of early childhood education, literacy methods for the preschool teacher, supporting young children through family and community involvement, and serving young children with special needs.

This program leads to licensure, for which reason UNK requires supervised, school-based field experiences in which students practice assessment and intervention. They must also complete a 12-credit student teaching experience. UNK retains programmatic accreditation through the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

UNK utilizes the Canvas online learning management system. Students access and complete assignments completely online at their convenience. Coursework includes interactive discussion posts, group assignments, essays, and exams. Students requiring additional assistance can contact professors during electronic office hours.

UNK offers email e-tutoring, through which students can submit essays, and the writing center offers live e-tutoring through Zoom web conferencing software. Students may also access a digital library and technology support.

Accreditation

The University of Nebraska at Kearney is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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Bemidji State University 

Bemidji, MN

About this school

Bemidji State University offers a picturesque campus amid Minnesota forests and lakes. BSU emphasizes interdisciplinary learning, innovation, and sustainability. Students can choose from over 80 bachelor's and eight master's programs, with on-campus and distance learning options. BSU specifically caters to working professionals who would benefit from flexible coursework access. The university ranks among the top schools for distance education and affordability in the Midwest region.

BSU offers an online bachelor of science in elementary education that prepares students to teach grades K-6. This degree requires 63 credits, which full-time students can complete in three years. Students must satisfy BSU liberal education requirements and hold a 3.0 GPA to qualify for admission. Pertinent courses include introduction to the foundations of public school education, human relations in education, methods of teaching elementary physical education to classroom teachers, and mathematics for elementary school teachers.

Students may complete most coursework online, but the program requires three in-person meetings, each lasting up to three days. This degree also leads to state licensure, so BSU requires a 12-credit student teaching experience in an elementary school setting. Students should note that this accelerated program does not accept transfer credits.

BSU utilizes the D2L Brightspace learning management system to administer distance coursework. Instructors provide syllabi at the beginning of the semester to outline weekly modules. Students engage in quizzes, exams, essays, narrated powerpoint presentations, and group work.

Accreditation

Bemidji State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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Fort Hays State University 

Hays, KS

About this school

Fort Hays State University, Kansas' first public university, represents one of the state's largest universities. Its average 17-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio allows learners to build meaningful relationships with their instructors. The university emphasizes global awareness, community engagement, and accessible education. Nontraditional learners gain access to the FHSU Virtual College.

Fort Hays State University offers a bachelor of science in early childhood unified education. This online bachelor's requires 126 credit hours, including 55 general education credits, 20 professional studies credits, 22 major credits, and 29 applied experience credits. This degree prepares students for the Praxis exam, which leads to state teaching licensure. Fort Hays State University requires students to complete methods courses, internships, and student teaching hours at an approved educational facility.

Notable courses include human growth and development, behavior strategies and support, principles of instruction in special education and clinical immersion, and educating exceptional students.

Students access online coursework through the Blackboard learning management system. Assignments include discussion board posts, narrated PowerPoints, video presentations, group projects, essays, and exams. Professors offer virtual office hours to provide one-on-one guidance. Distance learners may also access online tutors through Smarthinking.com. Fort Hays State University provides a writing center, a digital library, and 24-hour technical support. Courses follow either 16-week semesters or an eight-week format.

Accreditation

Fort Hays State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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Drexel University 

Philadelphia, PA

About this school

Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Drexel University emerged in 1891. Drexel values civic engagement, creativity, solving modern dilemmas, and research. Drexel ranks among the 15 largest private postsecondary institutions in the country. Students aiming to build relationships can start with the university's 25,000-student network, plus its alumni network.

Aspiring educators can earn a bachelor of science in education, which prepares graduates to teach students from preschool through fourth grade. The program offers a dual content option through which students can fulfill special education course requirements. This bachelor's requires 180 quarter credits, including 33 general education credits, 14 elective credits, and 31 pedagogy credits.

As this degree leads to licensure, Drexel requires an 18-credit student teaching seminar and student teaching experience at an approved facility under the supervision of a licensed educator.

Drexel students can access online coursework through the Blackboard learning management system. Assignments include discussion board posts, narrated PowerPoints, video presentations, group projects, essays, and exams. Drexel designs its online bachelor of science in education to provide distance learners with optimal flexibility. This program requires four 10-week quarters, which allows students to take more courses than traditional semester programs.

Drexel accepts transfer students with at least 36 quarter credits and a 2.5 GPA from regionally accredited schools.

Accreditation

Drexel University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

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University of Wisconsin-Superior 

Superior, WI

About this school

Established in 1893, UW-Superior strives to develop culturally aware professionals who engage with their communities. It ranks second among Wisconsin universities for diversity and inclusion and prioritizes accessible education. For the past decade, UW-Superior has received recognition as a military supportive school, and it offers students access to a student-centered learning environment with a 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio.

UW-Superior offers an online bachelor of arts in elementary education for students who require flexible coursework access. This online program leads to PK-6 licensure and requires students to select a minor in early childhood education or special education. Learners who select the special education minor can work with students through grade eight.

Notable courses include theories of student learning, instructional and assessment strategies, principles and practices of inclusive teaching, and essentials of mathematics for elementary teachers. UW-Superior offers most of its courses online, but this program requires in-person methods, practicums, and student teaching experiences.

Students use the Blackboard online learning management system to complete online coursework, including interactive discussion posts, group assignments, essays, and exams. Students requiring additional assistance can contact professors during electronic office hours. UW-Superior provides multiple online resources, including a digital library, research support, tutoring, proctoring services, and a writing center. Admission to UW-Superior requires a minimum 2.75 GPA.

The university accepts transfer students from accredited schools. However, coursework earned more than five years prior to transferring cannot apply.

Accreditation

University of Wisconsin - Superior is regionally accredited accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Its bachelor of arts in elementary education holds programmatic accreditation from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

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University of Alaska Southeast 

Juneau, AK

About this school

Based in Juneau, UAS offers a public postsecondary college experience emphasizing sustainability, diversity and inclusion, civic engagement, sustainability, and collaboration. The university strives to provide accessible coursework, giving students access to multiple flexible online programs. UAS also offers small class sizes, not exceeding a 12-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. This allows students to build meaningful relationships with their professors.

UAS offers a bachelor of arts in elementary education leading to a K-8 teaching license in Alaska. This online program requires 120 credit hours, including 42-48 general education credits, three Alaska native knowledge credits, 23 breadth credits, and 55 major credits. Students access most of their coursework online, but the program includes a nine-month student teaching experience, as well.

Distinctive courses feature inclusive education for students with disabilities, teaching literacy in the K-8 curriculum, classroom management in K-8 classrooms, and foundations of literacy and language management.

Distance learners engage with classmates and instructors through the Blackboard online learning management system. Assignments include discussion board posts, narrated PowerPoints, video presentations, group projects, essays, and exams. Professors offer virtual office hours to provide one-on-one support. UAS features personal education planning assistance, an online writing center, and technical support. This program meets the standards for the Association for Childhood Education International.

Accreditation

UAS is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NCCU). Its bachelor of arts in elementary education retains programmatic accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

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Chaminade University of Honolulu 

Honolulu, HI

About this school

Located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, Chaminade University of Honolulu represents Hawaii's only Catholic university and one of only three Marianist postsecondary schools in the country. Chaminade students may access a global student body, which helps them develop cultural sensitivity and global awareness. Chaminade University of Honolulu started as a two-year college and now offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Its class sizes remain small, with an 11-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio.

Chaminade's online bachelor of science in early childhood education provides nontraditional students with optimal flexibility. The program requires 120 credit hours. Distinctive courses include music and creative movement in early childhood, health and family issues in early childhood education, leadership and guidance in education, and developmentally appropriate practice. Students should note that Chaminade University also requires in-person practicum and student teaching experiences.

Educational programs at Chaminade University retain programmatic accreditation through the Teacher Education Accreditation Council and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Chaminade University of Honolulu uses the Canvas learning management system to administer distance coursework. Students access weekly modules containing all assignments and supplementary course materials. These include essays, exams, discussion posts, and group projects. Students requiring additional assistance can access professors through virtual office hours. Distance learners enjoy access to a digital library, counselors, and technical support.

Accreditation

Chaminade University of Honolulu is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College 

Saint Mary of the Woods, IN

About this school

SMWC, the oldest Catholic postsecondary institution in Indiana, offers its students access to over 50 bachelor's and master's degrees. Class sizes at SMWC are small, featuring an average 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. The college strives to accommodate nontraditional learners through online coursework, and about 95% of students receive financial support. SMWC ranks among the top 15 schools for best value.

SMWC offers an online bachelor of science in K-6 education. This degree provides emerging educators with the knowledge and skills to assist students with mild special education needs. SMWC requires 120 credits, including 15 core credits, 51 developmental content credits, and 19 clinical credits. Noteworthy courses include special education law and procedures; real world application of social studies; teaching, reading, and literature in the elementary classroom; and language arts for the diverse classroom.

Clinical student teaching hours require in-person attendance at an approved educational facility. Supervisors must hold a valid license.

Online courses follow either a traditional 16-week or an accelerated eight-week format. Online courses do not require in-person attendance, but hybrid courses mandate some on-campus attendance. Weekly online course content includes essays, quizzes, group projects, discussion posts, and video-recorded presentations. SMWC also provides academic advisors who help develop educational pathways and resolve student concerns. Distance learners enjoy access a digital library, librarian research support, and technical assistance. SMWC does not charge an application fee, and transfer students from accredited institutions may apply.

Accreditation

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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California Baptist University 

Riverside, CA

About this school

Established in 1950 in Riverside, California, CBU offers a private college experience. It strives to provide theologically rooted coursework, led by a 100% Christian staff. Students gain access to over 76 majors and 52 minors at the undergraduate level. CBU emphasizes academic excellence, hands-on instruction, and high-quality programs. The school also ranks No. 1 in education faculty credentials and training among the top 10 online bachelor's programs nationwide.

CBU offers a bachelor of arts in early childhood studies emphasizing emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development. This online program requires 40-43 general education units, 33 upper-division units, nine upper-division elective units, and six program course units. Most full-time students earn their degrees in 16 months.

Distinctive courses include consultation and collaboration in early childhood intervention, theories and models of understanding behavior in young children with disabilities, administration of early childhood programs, and spiritual development of young children.

The CBU early childhood bachelor's utilizes accelerated course formats. Distance learners access coursework through the Blackboard online learning management system. Coursework includes interactive discussion posts, group assignments, essays, and exams. Students who need additional assistance can contact professors during electronic office hours. CBU also provides an academic success center, online tutoring through Smarthinking, and technical assistance.

Students can access a digital library and receive librarian research support. Transfer students from accredited institutions may apply. CBU requires a minimum 2.0 GPA for first-time college students.

Accreditation

California Baptist University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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Ottawa University-Online 

Ottawa, KS

About this school

Located in Kansas, OU offers a private, Christ-based college experience. Students gain access to over 25 programs. Nontraditional learners benefit from distance options, which provide optimal flexibility without any in-person requirements. Class sizes rarely exceed a 4-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, allowing learners to build meaningful relationships with their professors.

Students in K-12 instruction can enroll in OU's bachelor of arts in elementary or secondary education. Both programs provide the competencies, knowledge, and skills required to effectively develop curricula and manage classrooms. They lead to state teaching licensure, so OU requires students to live in Kansas.

The elementary bachelor's option requires 23 general education credits and 32 required course credits. The secondary path offers concentrations in English, history, and mathematics. This program requires 29 education credits, 30 content credits, and 16 general education credits. Notable courses include the exceptional child, advanced expository writing, ethnicity in American history, and religion in American history.

OU courses follow eight-week cycles, providing students with flexibility and multiple start date options. Distance courses typically utilize an asynchronous format, through which students may complete coursework as their schedules permit. Distance learners access coursework through the Blackboard online learning management system. Students engage in quizzes, exams, essays, narrated PowerPoint presentations, and group work.

Accreditation

Ottawa University - online is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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University of Southern Mississippi 

Hattiesburg, MS

About this school

Founded in 1910 in Hattisburg, USM offers over 140 bachelor's degrees. Nontraditional learners gain access to on-campus and distance course options. USM strives to offer high-quality, cost-effective courses, and it ranks among the most affordable postsecondary institutions nationwide. USM prioritizes civic engagement, research, innovation, and inclusion.

USM offers an online bachelor of science in elementary education, which leads to licensure and provides current teacher assistants with the knowledge and skills to effectively lead their own classrooms. This online bachelor's requires 40 general education credits, 59 major credits, and six capstone credits. Students complete their coursework online, but the program mandates an in-person student teaching experience.

Students may earn a K-6 highly qualified endorsement in social studies, foreign language, or mathematics. These endorsements require up to 21 additional credits. USM also offers a special education endorsement, which requires an additional 18 credits. Distinctive courses include research and pedagogy in content area literacy, foundational studies in early childhood education, psychology and education of exceptional children, and educational evaluation of exceptional children.

Distance learners access coursework through the Canvas online learning management system, on which weekly modules contain all assignments and supplementary course materials. Assignments include essays, exams, discussion posts, and group projects. Students can also use a virtual library, a personal academic advisor, and technical assistance. All online students pay in-state tuition rates. Admission requires a 3.2 GPA.

Accreditation

The University of Southern Mississippi is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

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Limestone College 

Gaffney, SC

About this school

Limestone College offers a picturesque postsecondary experience, nestled among the hills of Gaffney, South Carolina. Students can choose from over 38 majors, all rooted in the Christian faith. Limestone College emphasizes diversity and inclusion. Its online campus draws international students, encouraging learners to embrace global awareness and cultural sensitivity.

Limestone College offers small class sizes, rarely exceeding a 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. This allows students to build meaningful relationships with their professors.

Limestone College offers an online bachelor of arts in elementary education which explores the pertinent theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to lead classrooms. This bachelor's degree requires at least 123 credits. Notable courses include methods of teaching mathematics in elementary school, physical education for the elementary teacher, fine arts for the elementary education teacher, diagnostic assessment and prescriptive teaching of reading, and principles of effective teaching in the elementary classroom.

Most courses do not require in-person attendance, but students must complete multiple field experiences. They may then take the Praxis exam to receive a South Carolina teaching license.

This online bachelor's utilizes accelerated, eight-week courses, allowing students to complete 36 semester hours within six terms each year. Limestone College uses the Blackboard online learning management system to administer distance coursework. Students can access professors' electronic office hours for additional help. They may also use the college's online writing lab and peer tutoring sessions.

Accreditation

Limestone College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

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Dakota State University 

Madison, SD

About this school

Located in Madison, South Dakota, DSU offers a small town college experience. Its curricula encourage innovation, applying cutting-edge technology. Students choose from 82 majors, 94 minors, and 35 specializations at the bachelor's level. DSU prioritizes student success, practical experiences, community engagement, and diversity. Its student body represents learners from all 50 U.S. states and over 83 countries.

Students planning to pursue careers in education can earn dual bachelor's degrees in elementary education and special education through the DSU online campus. This program requires 140-142 credits. Distinctive courses include behavior management of exceptional children, reading and content literacy, curriculum and instruction strategies, and serving students with learning disabilities.

Coursework does not require in-person attendance, but DSU does require multiple field experiences. Learners must complete a year-long student teaching experience at an approved public school. The DSU school of education also offers scholarships and grants.

DSU utilizes the Desire2Learn learning management system to administer distance coursework. Students access weekly course content, which includes essays, quizzes, group projects, discussion posts, and video-recorded presentations. Professors typically offer electronic office hours for students requiring additional assistance. DSU also offers an online writing center and a digital library, plus academic advisors who help students develop successful educational pathways.

Admission requires applicants to demonstrate a minimum 2.0 GPA. DSU accepts transfer students from accredited institutions. Prospective transfer students may use the DSU transfer equivalency calculator to understand how many of their prior credits qualify for transfer.

Accreditation

Dakota State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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North Carolina Central University 

Durham, NC

About this school

Established in 1910 in Durham, North Carolina, NCCU represents one of the top 10 historically black colleges and universities in the country. NCCU strives to provide affordable, accessible education. For instance, its school of education offers competitively low tuition rates while maintaining high-quality curricula and instruction.

Nontraditional learners at NCCU gain access to nationally recognized distance coursework and over 80 programs, eight honor societies, and 135 student organizations.

NCCU offers a bachelor of science in birth-kindergarten teacher education, which prepares students to develop curricula, lead classrooms, and instruct at-risk students and students with disabilities. This online bachelor's degree requires 120 credits. Notable courses include introduction to the education of young children, language and literacy in early childhood, introduction to educational psychology, and guiding behavior in young children.

On average, students earn their degrees in four years. This degree leads to state licensure, for which students must complete a student teaching experience and pass the Praxis exam.

Distance learners access coursework through the Blackboard learning management system. They receive syllabi at the beginning of the semester outlining weekly assignments. These may include interactive discussion posts, essays, exams, quizzes, group projects, or video-recorded presentations. NCCU provides an introduction to online learning to help students acclimate.

Accreditation

North Carolina Central University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

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Park University 

Parkville, MO

About this school

Located in Parkville, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City, Park University offers a private college experience featuring over 500 online courses. It promotes diversity, inclusion, global citizenship, and collaboration, with a student population representing nearly 90 countries. Students gain access to nearly 65 programs, both on-campus and online. Class sizes average a 12-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, allowing students to build meaningful relationships with instructors.

Park University offers a bachelor of science in education studies with an emphasis in early childhood education that prepares students to address modern challenges in the classroom. Students should note that this degree does not lead to licensure. The online program requires 57 credits, including 35 professional course credits and 22 core credits.

Distinctive courses include child growth and development for early childhood and elementary teachers, plus issues in diversity and world cultures, development and learning through play, education of exceptional children, and early childhood program management. The program also requires an internship in early childhood teaching.

Online courses follow accelerated, eight-week sessions. Course structures include both synchronous and asynchronous learning. Distance learners access coursework through the Canvas online learning management system. Assignments include quizzes, discussion posts, essays, and group projects. Online students gain access to distance learning tools including Pirate Patch, which connects two or more classrooms through live audio and video. Online learners can also receive mentorship through StepUP.

Accreditation

Park University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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Southwestern Adventist University 

Keene, TX

About this school

Founded in 1893 in Keene, Texas, SWAU offers a Christ-centered education. SWAU prioritizes accessible education, offering students the same high-quality instruction through its flexible online programs. The university also values student-centered instruction. Class sizes average an 11-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. SWAU strives to provide a great return on students' investment, as well, ranking among the top five universities for best value nationwide.

The SWAU department of education and psychology offers an online bachelor of science in elementary education that prepares graduates to lead their own classrooms. This bachelor's degree requires 123 credits, including a 33-credit professional development component and a 39-credit teaching methods experience. Notable courses include science and health in the elementary school, social studies methods in the elementary school, and legal and philosophical foundations.

To obtain a state teaching license, students must pass the TExES PPR and the TExES Core Content EC-6.

SWAU utilizes the Canvas online learning management system to administer coursework. Weekly module assignments include essays, quizzes, group projects, discussion posts, and video-recorded presentations. Students who require additional assistance can schedule an appointment through professors' electronic office hours. SWAU also provides academic advisors who help develop educational pathways, address student concerns, and provide coaching.

Other online resources include tutors, librarian support, and a writing center. Admission requires a minimum 2.5 GPA. Transfer students from accredited institutions may apply.

Accreditation

Southwestern Adventist University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

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Bellevue University 

Bellevue, NE

About this school

Established in 1966 in Nebraska, Bellevue University offers a diverse college experience. The student population represents all 50 states and multiple countries. Students enjoy access to a student body and alumni network of more than 50,000 members. Bellevue University values community engagement and maintaining partnerships that create learning opportunities for students. It also prioritizes accessibility, ranking among the best universities for community college transfer and military friendliness.

The Bellevue University offers an online bachelor of science in adult education, which prepares graduates to teach in several educational settings. This online program requires 127 credits, including 36 general education credits, 40 major credits, and 51 elective credits. Notable courses include foundations for professional success, foundations of continuing education and training, classroom instructional methods and delivery, and electronic instructional methods and delivery.

Bellevue utilizes the Canvas online learning management system for distance coursework. Courses typically follow an asynchronous format that engage students in discussion boards, recorded lectures, group projects, narrated PowerPoints, video-recorded presentations, essays, and exams.

Professors also provide electronic office hours for additional support. Bellevue University also offers support resources, including online tutoring, a writing center, online databases, and around-the-clock technology support. Students may also contact librarians for research support.

Bellevue University charges discounted tuition rates for active-duty military personnel and their spouses. Admission requires a minimum 2.0 GPA. Bellevue University also accepts transfer students from accredited universities.

Accreditation

Bellevue University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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Sterling College 

Sterling, KS

About this school

Based in Kansas, Sterling University offers a small, Christ-centered postsecondary experience. Most classes do not exceed a 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, and students still enjoy access to over 80 programs. Sterling University strives for academic excellence and student-centered instruction. In fact, the university ranks among the best regional colleges. Sterling University also prioritizes cultural sensitivity and global awareness.

Nearly 10% of students at Sterling engage in study abroad experiences. The university's student population represents over 16 countries and nearly 40 states.

The Sterling University teacher education program offers an online bachelor of arts in elementary education that retains programmatic accreditation through the Kansas State Department of Education. This program requires 48-52 credits, including 41 core credits and up to eight general education credits. Notable courses include English language arts for K-2, reading testing and diagnosis, curriculum and methods of teaching elementary physical education, world and regional geography, and elementary music methods.

Students can complete their coursework online, but Sterling's teacher education program mandates multiple practical field experiences. Applicants should note that only U.S. students may apply to this program.

The Sterling University utilizes the Canvas online learning management system to administer distance coursework. Distance learners access weekly modules, which contain all assignments and supplementary course materials. These may include essays, exams, discussion posts, video-recorded presentations, and group projects. Academic advisors work to address students' concerns, monitor their progress, and provide career support. Sterling University also provides online library access to databases, e-books, and videos.

Accreditation

Sterling University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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Judson College 

Marion, AL

About this school

Located in Marion, Alabama, Judson College offers a Christian college experience. Students can choose from among 20 majors and 22 minors, offered both on campus and online. Judson College emphasizes student-centered learning and academic excellence. Its class sizes rarely exceed a 9-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, allowing students to build meaningful relationships with their professors. The Carnegie Foundation awarded Judson College the community engagement classification.

Aspiring teachers can earn a bachelor of science in elementary education at Judson College online. The program requires a minimum of 128 semester hours. Notable courses include diagnostic and prescriptive procedures in reading, materials and methods of language arts in the elementary school, materials and methods of social studies in the elementary school, and behavioral and classroom management. Students complete most of their coursework online, along with multiple field experiences at approved educational facilities.

Judson College's flexible distance programs offer start dates every four weeks. The school utilizes the Moodlerooms online learning management system to administer online coursework. Courses typically follow a cohort model, which allows distance learners to collaborate and network with familiar peers. Students who need additional instruction can sign up for virtual office hours with their instructors.

Students can access technical assistance, online databases, journals, and librarian support. Academic advisors provide support and manage students' educational pathways.

Accreditation

Judson College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

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University of Toledo 

Toledo, OH

About this school

Established in 1872 in Ohio, UT offers a world-class postsecondary experience featuring over 116 bachelor's programs, 117 master's programs, and 43 doctoral programs. The university also supports diversity and inclusion, boasting a student population from 49 states and over 101 countries. The UT alumni network also includes over 165,000 members. Multiple departments at UT hold national rankings, including the Judith Herb College of Education.

Students seeking a non-licensure teaching degree can earn a bachelor's in early childhood education online at UT. This program requires 64 credits. On average, full-time students earn their degrees in two years, taking courses such as creating effective learning environments, supporting early childhood education science and math, meeting the needs of young children with disabilities, growth and development for early childhood and elementary teachers, and literacy methods for the preschool teacher.

The Judith Herb College of Education requires applicants to earn an associate degree in early childhood education or child development with a minimum 2.7 GPA to qualify for admission. They must also retain employment at a relevant educational facility, working with the appropriate student population for at least 20 hours per week.

UT follows a semester calendar. Distance learners can access their coursework through the Blackboard online learning management system, which hosts assignments including discussion board posts, narrated PowerPoints, video presentations, group projects, essays and exams.

Accreditation

The University of Toledo is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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St Andrews University 

Laurinburg, NC

About this school

Based in Laurinburg, North Carolina, St. Andrews University ranks nationally as a fourth-tier liberal arts school. The university obtained a gold award for teaching excellence framework, and it values research, global awareness, and inclusion. It offers 16 majors and 21 minors, and it emphasizes student-centered instruction. Students at St. Andrews gain access to small classroom environments, rarely exceeding a 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio.

St. Andrews University offers a bachelor of arts in elementary education that prepares graduates for an initial North Carolina teaching license for K-6 grade. This online degree requires 120 credits, including 30 professional studies credits, 24 pedagogical studies credits, 15 professionals residence credits, and 12-15 concentration credits. Notable courses include child and adolescent development, integrating movement in the classroom, math for teaching and learning, introduction to the exceptional child, and digital learning applications.

St. Andrews University also offers an add-on license in gifted education. Students can complete their coursework completely online; field experiences and student teaching require in-person attendance. Students must pass the Praxis exam to earn their license.

Distance learners access coursework through the Moodle online learning classroom. Courses follow an accelerated, eight-week format, utilizing both synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Asynchronous course assignments include discussion boards, while synchronous courses use live video interaction. Other assignments include group projects, essays, and exams. Online support tools include academic advising, online tutoring, a digital library, and technical support.

Accreditation

St. Andrews University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

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Prescott College 

Prescott, AZ

About this school

Prescott College offers a private postsecondary experience in Arizona emphasizing community engagement, service, and cultural awareness. Its core values include innovation, critical thinking, and real-world experiences. Students gain access to over 49 majors, available both on campus and online. Prescott College strives to provide interactive student-instructor experiences, featuring classes with an average 9-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. Prescott College requires an in-person orientation experience, as well.

Prescott College offers a bachelor of arts in education and teacher preparation that leads to a state teaching license. Content area options include secondary education, elementary education, mild to moderate special education, early childhood education, and early childhood special education. This online program requires 120 semester credits, including 60 education-specific credits.

Distinctive courses include multicultural and environmental issues, positive child guidance and inclusive classroom management, and foundations of education. Students complete most of their coursework online, but Prescott does require in-person classroom field experiences.

Online class structures vary among asynchronous, synchronous, and hybrid course options. Distance learners may access their coursework through the MyClassroom online learning management system. Prescott College provides an orientation dashboard that helps students navigate the system, but learners may also contact technical assistance professionals for support. Assignments include essays, exams, discussion posts, and group projects.

Prescott College offers online librarian research support, tutoring, and career advising. Students also gain access to personal academic advisors who can help them tackle any challenges or concerns.

Accreditation

Prescott College is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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National University 

La Jolla, CA

About this school

Located in La Jolla, California, National University designs its curriculum with the adult learner in mind. National University strives to accommodate diverse learner needs by offering high-quality coursework both on-campus and online. The school boasts recognition as being military-friendly, and its students represent a diverse population from all 50 states and 65 countries. Learners also benefit from a vast 150,000-member alumni network.

The Sanford College of Education at National University offers an online bachelor of arts in elementary education with Nevada elementary licensure. This online education degree requires 180 quarter units, including 10.5 preparatory major units, 106.5 major units, 85.5 elementary education major units, 4.5 capstone units, and 16.5 student teaching units. Students must also complete 60 hours of in-person methods fieldwork and student teaching at approved schools.

Distinctive courses include fundamentals of linguistics, survey of multicultural literature, leadership and assessment, Earth and planetary sciences evolution, and special needs students.

Distance learners complete one course at a time, each following a four-week format. National University utilizes the Blackboard online learning management system to administer distance coursework. Assignments include discussion board posts, narrated PowerPoints, video presentations, group projects, essays, and exams. Students can receive additional support through professors' virtual office hours, and from digital library services, technical support, a writing center, and a math tutoring center.

Accreditation

National University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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Choosing an Online Bachelor’s in Education Program

A typical bachelor’s of education online program includes an equal mix of coursework in both content and pedagogy. Sample courses include assessment, child development, inclusionary practices for exceptional students, educational policy and law, curriculum development, educational psychology, instructional technology, and social justice. Popular specializations leading to career paths in high demand areas include gifted and talented education, special education, and math or science education. Most programs offer specialized tracks and secondary minors in math, science, writing, reading, foreign language, art, and music. If you aspire to attain high level positions in educational leadership, administration, research, or policy studies, and plan to later pursue a master’s degree, consider completing additional coursework in specialty areas such as principal preparation or quantitative methods.

Students pursuing online teaching bachelor degrees must complete an approved teaching practicum, and some states impose specific requirements, so consider your career plans as you investigate programs. Think about the kind of environment where you see yourself teaching, but remain flexible. There’s no way to predict exactly where your first teaching job might take you.

Most online bachelor’s degree in education programs also require the completion and presentation of an advanced portfolio or senior project, and field experiences that include classroom observation at assigned schools. Many programs are designed to accommodate professionals working in the field, such as generous transfer credit policies, flexible year–round start dates, and classroom placement for teacher candidates.

Online Bachelor’s in Education Careers

Common career paths for graduates who hold online teaching bachelor degrees include elementary, middle, or high school teaching, curriculum development, and program facilitation. Educators with substantial classroom and leadership experience often continue into master’s degree programs, and advance into teaching at the postsecondary level or into supervisory positions in educational administration.

Middle School Teacher
Middle school teachers instruct students in grades six through eight, though some middle schools also include grades five or nine. Building on the educational foundation established in elementary school, they help prepare students for the rigors of high school. Teachers in public junior high schools must earn bachelor's degrees and state licenses.
  • Median Annual Salary: $58,600
  • Projected Growth Rate: 8%
High School Teacher
High school teachers instruct students in grades nine through 12. They plan lessons, conduct assessments, grade assignments, supervise projects, and help prepare students for college and jobs. Public school teachers must earn a bachelor's degree and a state license. Some teachers advance into jobs in program facilitation or educational administration.
  • Median Annual Salary: $60,320
  • Projected Growth Rate: 8%
Special Education Teacher
Special educators instruct students with exceptional learning needs, such as those with disabilities or those who are gifted, to help them reach their potential. They plan activities and lessons appropriate for their students' needs and abilities. They also consult closely with parents, administrators, social workers, and school psychologists.
  • Median Annual Salary: $59,780
  • Projected Growth Rate: 8%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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