Any long-term teacher can tell you that the teaching profession has changed dramatically in recent decades. But the commitment of teachers to provide a solid education to all children – regardless of their background – remains one of the bedrocks of American society.
For those wanting to enter the profession, a bachelor’s degree in education is an excellent way to go. The degree provides a good foundation in teaching theory, as well as the practical experience to begin a career with confidence. And College Choice has crunched the data to provide you with a ranking of the top 30 online undergraduate degree programs in elementary education.
While nobody goes into the field of education to make their first million, teaching continues to be a profession that provides stimulating, challenging, steady work for thousands of people across the country. You won’t get rich as a teacher, but the median salary is a respectable $55,000 – and those with advanced degrees or who remain in the profession have the potential to earn more.[footnote]https://www.bls.gov/ooh/Education-Training-and-Library/Kindergarten-and-elementary-school-teachers.htm[/footnote]
And the job outlook for those entering the teaching profession continues to look good. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the demand will be high for both public and private school teachers throughout the next decade – with employment of kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers expected to grow by 6 percent between 2014 and 2024. [footnote]https://www.bls.gov/ooh/Education-Training-and-Library/Kindergarten-and-elementary-school-teachers.htm#tab-6[/footnote]
Of course, post-secondary education is notoriously expensive, and not everyone can leave their home and job to attend university in a full-time, campus setting. In the last decade, online degrees have filled this gap, offering a respectable, affordable option for non-traditional students.[footnote]http://www.onlinelearningsurvey.com/reports/gradelevel.pdf[/footnote]
And College Choice is here to help you sort through the options. Our ranking is based on several factors that reflect academic excellence and return on investment. Starting with standard academic reputation rankings, we then weigh factors like program tuition, early career earnings, and school acceptance rates.
Importantly, all the schools on our list are regionally accredited, and most programs have additional accreditation from the main educational accrediting bodies: CAEP, TEAC, NCATE.
A few other things to be aware of:
- Online teaching programs often have face-to-face or practicum requirements which may necessitate travel.
- If you are applying to a teaching program outside of your home state, make sure to look into state certification reciprocity agreements.[footnote]http://www.nasdtec.net/page/Approved_EPP[/footnote]
- The listed tuition is based on the out-of-state, per-credit tuition taken from program websites – be sure to look into extra fees, which vary widely.
We hope this ranking helps you in your search for the best Elementary Education program for you!
College Choice Score: 100.00
Average Tuition: $479.00
Located in in Philadelphia, PA, Drexel University is a private university with a reputation for being a highly innovative technological university. The school was the first to have a completely wireless campus, and its cooperative education program, one of the nation’s largest and oldest, means that students graduate with extensive work experience. Drexel consistently ranks among the best-value schools in the nation.
The prestigious School of Education at Drexel University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Education designed to help students with previous college experience complete their degree. The degree prepares students for PK-4 elementary teacher certification in Pennsylvania, though the state’s rigorous guidelines for teacher certification preparation programs usually makes for a smooth transition to other states. Students choose between two concentrations:
- Pre-K through Grade 4
- Pre-K – Grade 4 and Special Education
This is a part-time program, and students can complete the education course sequence in 2.5 years (ten terms). Students planning on obtaining teacher certification must plan on twelve consecutive weeks of full-day student teaching. An additional 190 hours of in-school pre-student teaching activities are a part of pedagogy courses throughout the program.
Mississippi State University
College Choice Score: 97.09
Average Tuition: $344.75
A public university located in the small town of Starkville, MS (about 70 miles south of Memphis), Mississippi State University has a mission to provide access and opportunity to students from all sectors of the state’s diverse population. The school is also home to a highly ranked College of Education which boasts a fourfold focus on knowledge, practice, reflection, and collaboration.
Mississippi State University’s Department of Curriculum, Instruction, & Special Education offers the only online teacher education program in the state of Mississippi – an NCATE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education through Distance education. Teacher education classes are available in the fall and spring semesters and students have the option of two concentrations:
- Early Childhood
- Middle School
This online program allows students to complete field experiences and student teaching internship at an elementary or middle school in or near their hometown. During their Junior year, students must be able to complete field experiences during the school day for 2-6 hours per week, increasing to a full-time student teacher placement in the final semester of the Senior year. Please note that Mississippi State is not able to place students in Georgia for an internship.
College Choice Score: 94.51
Average Tuition: $400.00
Founded by the Jesuit order in 1877, Regis University is a private, Catholic university located in Denver, Colorado. The school is comprised of five colleges and has a unique focus on community service. Regis ranks among the best regional universities in the West, and their online bachelor’s degree programs also rank among the best in the nation.
The Department of Education at Regis University offers a TEAC-accredited Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education which leads to licensure/endorsement in Colorado. All courses required for the education degree and licensure may be taken at Regis University’s College of Contemporary Liberal Studies (CCLS).
- Program is designed for those seeking their initial teacher licensure in K-6.
- Students may transfer up to 75 credits into the program.
- License program consists of 120 credit hours.
The program curriculum focuses on data literacy and critical thinking, with instructional technology embedded into every course to help teachers inspire a deeper level of learning among students. Also, for paraprofessionals and licensed teachers who are interested in this program, Regis offers a 10% preferred tuition discount for all education courses at CCLS.
College Choice Score: 93.86
Average Tuition: $399.00
Situated in Wilmore, Kentucky, Asbury University is a small, private, Christian liberal arts college which ranks very highly among southern regional universities. The school is officially non-denominational, but has roots in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition and has a dual focus on academic excellence and spiritual vitality.
Asbury’s University’s School of Education offers an NCATE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in an accelerated format. This is a degree completion program intended specifically for students who wish to complete a degree in education. Online students use collaborative learning environments with engaging learning technologies.
- January and March course start dates.
- Classes are accelerated and eight weeks in duration.
- Students may transfer up to 75 credits (of the total 124 credits) from another institution
Please note that Asbury requires Elementary Education students to complete the clinical education components for the program in Kentucky elementary schools. Because of the necessity for travel, most online Elementary Education students are Kentucky residents or residents of a neighboring state. Asbury’s Online Degree Completion program is designed to bring a new level of professional skills, leadership, and ethical values to those desiring to make a difference in their work, church, and world.
Old Dominion University
College Choice Score: 92.92
Average Tuition: $355.00
Founded in 1930, Old Dominion University is a public research institution located in Norfolk, Virginia. The school has been a pioneer in technology-delivered distance learning since the mid-1980s and has been offering online bachelor’s degree programs since 2003, earning national acclaim for their high-quality programs.
For residents of Virginia or Washington State, Old Dominion’s Darden College of Education offers an NCATE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies: Teacher Preparation. The program is designed to seamlessly transition students into a graduate or post-baccalaureate licensure program at ODU. Students first complete the BS, then immediately transition into a graduate or post-baccalaureate licensure program in the Darden College of Education.
- Intended to lead to licensure in Pre-K, Primary, Elementary.
- Program consists of 49-50 credit hours for major content and 33 for professional education/practica.
- Students attend class online on a regular schedule and access course materials online from any location.
In addition to coursework, this program also includes a practicum or internship during normal school hours. Also, Washington State teachers should contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for teacher certification.
College Choice Score: 91.55
Average Tuition: $405.00
Situated in Longview, Texas, LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christian university which was founded in 1946. The school aims to develop competency and ingenuity in students’ professional fields while fusing faith and the workplace and ranks among the top Regional Universities in the west, as well as one of the best values in education nationally.
The College of Education at LeTourneau offers an online Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies leading to Texas teaching certification in either Early Childhood – 6th grade, or 4th – 8th grade. Students in this flexible program have the option of adding the following certifications or minors to their degree:
- English as a Second Language Supplemental Certification
- Special Education Supplemental Certification
- Reading Minor
Online program delivery at LeTourneau is in an accelerated format in which students complete a course in five weeks – students receive assignments on Monday and turn them in on Saturday. In addition to coursework, all students complete six credits of student teaching. The LeTourneau program has an exceptionally high success rate – 100% of LeTourneau University students who took the 2012 State Board of Educator Certification test successfully passed the examination.
College Choice Score: 88.66
Average Tuition: $415.00
Located in Midway, Kentucky, Midway University is a small, private women’s college that is related by covenant to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination. The school has a unique focus on providing a professionally-oriented liberal arts education and offers programs to adult men and women through their School for Career Development, as well as their online programs.
The Teacher Education Department at Midway University offers an online Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education which leads to certification to teach kindergarten through fifth grade in Kentucky. This degree is meant to be flexible enough for working students to complete, and Midway’s online platform makes it easy for students to engage with each other and with faculty.
- Degree is comprised of 120 total credit hours.
- Accelerated 8 week course structure.
- Five course start times throughout the year.
In addition to online coursework, students complete twelve credits of student teaching, giving students significant experience prior to graduation. Midway university’s teacher education program boasts a 100% pass rate of the Kentucky provisional licensure exam. Please note that students must first be accepted into Midway College before they may apply to the teacher education program.
College Choice Score: 88.58
Average Tuition: $496.00
Founded in 1840 in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) is a private, Catholic, liberal arts college which consistently ranks among the best regional colleges in the Midwest (US News and World Report). The school has also invested heavily in their online content, and their online Bachelor’s programs have garnered national acclaim.
The Education Department at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College offers an online, NCATE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in Kindergarten – Grade 6 (leading to an Indiana initial teaching license). To obtain a license for elementary education, students complete a concentration in a REPA content area along with a major that includes general education, professional education and student teaching. The Education Department along with other College departments provides the following options:
- Mathematics concentration
- Reading concentration
- Social & Behavioral Sciences concentration
- Social Studies concentration
- Preschool-Grade 3: Mild Intervention – minor
- Exceptional Needs: Mild Intervention – minor
St. Mary-of-the-Woods offers online academic support and career services specifically tailored to individual student goals. And at $496 / credit, the school shows their commitment to keeping education affordable – this is a private school education at a public school price.
University of the Cumberlands
College Choice Score: 86.88
Average Tuition: $199.00
A Christian liberal arts college located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, the University of the Cumberlands offers an exceptionally good value to online students. The school boasts a combination of innovation with tradition, and rigorous academics with the development of ethical and responsible leadership.
The Department of Education at the University of the Cumberlands offers an extremely affordable online Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education that provides students with the pedagogical instructional methods necessary to meet the Kentucky Teacher Standards. The degree program is designed to be flexible and convenient enough for undergraduate students as well as working adults:
- Total required credits: 128 credit hours.
- Students may transfer in up to 90 hours of college credit.
- Online undergraduate programs are designed to accommodate adult learners with a variety of college experience.
In line with the University of Cumberland’s liberal arts emphasis, the Elementary Education program fosters both reflective and critical thinking skills in teacher candidates. The School of Education strives to provide training and experiences (including student teaching) which will develop education students into highly qualified, knowledgeable and caring teachers who provide for diverse learners.
College Choice Score: 86.86
Average Tuition: $390.00
Established by Jerry Falwell in 1971, Liberty University is a private, evangelical Christian university located in Lynchburg, VA. The University has an extensive online program (100,000 students were enrolled in 2016) which has garnered national acclaim – US News and World Report ranks their online Bachelor’s program in the top 100 nationally.
Liberty University’s online Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Interdisciplinary Studies degree is an NCATE-accredited program which equips students with the knowledge and skills to begin a career in elementary education. The program covers current educational trends from a Christian perspective to provide students with a firm foundational understanding of elementary educational development and behavior.
- Students complete 120 credit hours total (at least 30 hours must be completed at Liberty).
- One 90 hour practicum is optional.
- The program provides theories and methodology of Christian education that will assist those who work in Christian schools, churches, and the home.
It is important to note that this degree program does not lead to a state teaching license, though that option is open to students who continue for a 5th year in Liberty’s MAT program. However, for those interested in teaching in Christian schools, the Association of Christian Schools International recognizes Liberty’s B.S. in Education for an ACSI Certificate.
Western Governors University
College Choice Score: 86.78
Average Tuition: $241.00
Western Governors University is a private, non-profit, regionally accredited (NWCCU), online university located in Salt Lake City, UT. The school aims to make education as accessible as possible, and the National Council of Teacher Quality recently ranked the school’s Teacher’s College as one of the best values in teacher education in the nation.
The Teacher’s College at Western Governors University offers an online, NCATE-accredited, online Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8) degree which leads to teacher licensure. The program is designed to be flexible and students can complete it in 2-2.5 years if they already have an Associate degree or equivalent credits.
- Demonstration teaching and the cohort seminar are offered twice each year: fall and spring.
- Students should be able to spend at least 15 hours/week on coursework.
- The program includes practice teaching and the completion of a professional portfolio.
WGU developed their online special education program with significant input from experts and educational leaders who serve on their Education Program Council. Additionally, the B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies is nationally recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI).
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
College Choice Score: 86.68
Average Tuition: $636.73
Located in the port city of Wilmington, NC, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington is a member institution of the 17-campus University of North Carolina System. The school, which ranks highly as a regional university in the South, is home to the highly acclaimed Watson College of Education and their online programs have also garnered national recognition (US News and World Report).
The Watson College of Education at UNC-Wilmington offers an online NCATE-accredited Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education leading to North Carolina teacher licensure in grades Kindergarten through six. The program aims to develop highly competent and effective professionals to serve in educational leadership roles. Students will cover both the breadth of disciplinary knowledge relevant to elementary school curricula as well as a more extensive knowledge in at least one area. Concentration options include:
- Language arts
- Social studies
- Math and Technology
- Science and Health
Please note that for out-of-state students, your ability to participate in the required field experience is dependent upon your individual states’ authorization requirements. Before applying, students should check to see if UNCW is authorized for field experiences (student teaching) in your state.
University of Wisconsin-Superior
College Choice Score: 85.26
Average Tuition: $305.00
Situated on the western tip of Lake Superior in the Duluth-Superior metro area, the University of Wisconsin – Superior is a public liberal arts college in the University of Wisconsin System. The school, which in 2017 ranked as one of the best public schools nationally (US News and World Report) boasts small class sizes, quality academic programs, and strong community engagement.
The Educational Leadership Department at UW-Superior offers an online Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. This program is accredited by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and prepares students to obtain certification to teach pre-kindergarten through sixth grade or first through eighth grade. Students in the Elementary Education program also choose a minor. Options include:
- Broad Field Language Arts
- Early Childhood Education
- Broad Field Science
- Social Studies
- Special Education
The program prepares students for licensure in Wisconsin, though the degree is acceptable in many other states. This program offers a combination of challenging coursework, intensive interaction with faculty, and many opportunities to gain experience by working with children on campus, in classrooms, and as a student teacher.
Fort Hays State University
College Choice Score: 84.45
Average Tuition: $207.24
Located on the plains of western Kansas, Fort Hays State University is a public institution that opened its doors in 1902. The school is regarded as a leader in online learning and their online bachelor’s programs ranked among the best in the country in 2016 (U.S. News and World Report). Fort Hays’ teacher preparation programs also consistently rank among the best in the nation.
The Department of Education at Fort Hays University (via the Virtual College) offers an affordable, online, NCATE-accredited Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education which qualifies candidates to seek licensure in elementary education (kindergarten through 6th grade). This program provides multiple opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills in both internship and student teaching experiences in diverse environments. Program includes:
- General Education Coursework: 55 Credits
- Professional Studies: 26 Credits
- Major Courses: 34 Credits
- Student Teaching: 12 Credits
For students interested in an immersive hands-on educational experience, Fort Hays offers a unique Teacher Residency in Elementary Education. Teacher Education programs at Fort Hays are intended for those seeking licensure in Kansas – out of state students should contact their state’s Department of Education to determine any license transfer requirements.
University of Southern Mississippi
College Choice Score: 83.88
Average Tuition: $325.00
Colloquially known as Southern Miss, the University of Southern Mississippi is a public research university located in Hattiesburg, MS. The school consistently ranks among the best national universities and has developed a robust online program that has garnered national attention, extending the reach of their programs to nontraditional students.
The University of Southern Mississippi offers teacher assistants an NCATE-accredited online Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education leading to licensure in the state of Mississippi. This unique program (Teacher Assistant Program) offers working teacher assistants a convenient way to earn a Bachelor of Science degree and become a certified teacher without leaving your job. Students in the program receive a reading endorsement and then choose from one of the following another area:
- Social Studies
- Foreign Languages
- Mathematics K-8
This is a completion degree and students must have completed the 44 credits of core coursework (at USM or elsewhere) to be admitted to the program. The District, Principal, and Director of Educational Field Experiences make decisions on TA student teaching assignments, but many TAs are allowed to remain in their classrooms to complete their student teaching.
Baptist College of Florida
College Choice Score: 82.82
Average Tuition: $365.00
The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) is a private, non-profit, regionally accredited institution located in the small town of Graceville, Florida. Originally founded by the Florida Baptist Convention to train Baptist ministers, BCF now offers degrees in music, counseling, education and business. The school is also home to a nationally ranked online program.
The Teacher Education Division at BCF offers a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education which is designed to prepare students for teaching kindergarten through 6th grade in public or private schools. BCF has received full approval by the State of Florida Department of Education for the Elementary Education program. Graduates automatically qualifiy for a Professional Florida Teaching Certificate from the State of Florida.
- Program is comprised of a total 127 credits.
- Before admission, students must have completed 33 credits General
- Education Foundation and 18 credits Biblical/Theological Foundation requirements
All Teacher Candidates must take and pass the General Knowledge Test of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam to enter the program, but students who live more than 60 miles from Graceville may choose to take and pass their state-required standardized test(s) for teachers.
Chaminade University of Honolulu
College Choice Score: 81.70
Average Tuition: $370.00
Situated in the historic Kaimuki district of Honolulu at the base of St. Louis Heights, Chaminade University of Honolulu is a private, non-profit, Catholic liberal arts university that opened its doors in 1955. The school ranks highly as a Regional University in the West (U.S. News and World Report) and has a mission to educate for service, justice, and peace. Chaminade also has a reputation for being a good choice for Veterans.
Chaminade’s Office of Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) and the Division of Education offers an online Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education intended for busy adults and working professionals seeking to earn a degree, change careers, or expand their education. The program features a flexible delivery model.
- Applications are accepted year-round with four start terms per year (January, April, July and October).
- Program is comprised of 120 credit hours of coursework.
Upon successful completion of the Elementary Education degree program, graduates are certified to teach Kindergarten through 6th grade. Chaminade follows certification guidelines set by the Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Board. All licensure programs are approved by the Hawaii Department of Education and are recognized by over 40 states and the District of Columbia through The Reciprocity Agreement.
College Choice Score: 51.53
Average Tuition: $362.00
Founded in 1971 with a focus on adult learners, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California. Situated in La Jolla, California, National University provides graduate and undergraduate degrees for a diverse student population both on campus or online and has offered online undergraduate degrees since 1999.
The Sanford College of Education at National University offers two online, NCATE-accredited Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education options. These broad-based degree programs incorporate content across subject areas and with specific educational methodology courses, preparing candidates to teach in a changing cultural and economic environment.
- Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education With Nevada Elementary
- Licensure (Nevada elementary licensure only)
- Bachelor of Arts Major in Interdisciplinary Studies with a California
- Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (California Only)
Additionally, for Nevada residents who already hold a bachelor’s degree and have an offer of employment with a Nevada School District, National University offers an “Alternative Route To Licensure Program” which provides a pathway to a Nevada Elementary licensure. For the past 14 years, National University has recommended more candidates for teaching credentials in California and holds more K-12 teacher training contracts with elementary and secondary school districts than any other university in the state.
University of Louisiana at Monroe
College Choice Score: 79.44
Average Tuition: $400.00
Set in Monroe, Louisiana, the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) is a public university in the University of Louisiana system. The school aims to be among the best-performing regional universities in the South and currently is home to both a highly regarded School of Education and a robust online program which has garnered national acclaim.
The School of Education at the University of Louisiana at Monroe offers an online, NCATE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education which prepares candidates to teach grades 1-5. The curriculum reflects a carefully planned interaction among five components:
- General studies (classes common to all undergraduate programs)
- Professional and pedagogical studies (classes in Instruction and Teaching Methods)
- Content studies (classes in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, etc.),
- Integrative Studies
- Clinical and field experiences (student teaching)
Undergraduate online courses at ULM take approximately 8-week blocks to complete throughout the year (with the exception of summer courses). This course format options allow students to immerse themselves within the subject matter and complete the courses at an accelerated rate.
Grand Canyon University
College Choice Score: 78.83
Average Tuition: $440.00
Located in Phoenix, AZ, Grand Canyon University is a private, for-profit, Christian university that is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Arizona Southern Baptists founded the school in 1949 with the goal of integrating Christian faith and practice into all aspects of campus life. However, no statement of faith or religious affiliation is necessary for prospective students.
The College of Education at Grand Canyon University offers an Arizona State Board of Education-approved Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education program which leads to initial licensure for elementary and middle school teachers in Arizona. This online degree is directly aligned with national professional teaching standards and provides the necessary framework for an entry-level career in teaching.
- Most online courses are 7 weeks in duration.
- Students can complete the program in 54 months.
- The program may require practicum hours, state exams, student teaching and an institutional recommendation from GCU.
Core coursework emphasizes critical thinking and communication skills and the program includes opportunities for hands-on student teaching practice. Grand Canyon University also offers an online dual Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education program leading to licensure. This online dual degree focuses on adapting mainstream classroom to students with assorted needs.
College Choice Score: 78.78
Average Tuition: $468.00
Located in the small town of Boiling Springs, North Carolina, Gardner-Webb University is a nationally ranked private, non-profit university affiliated with the Baptist denomination. The school offers overs sixty fields of study at the undergraduate and graduate level and has a robust and award-winning online program.
The School of Education at Gardner-Webb offers an online, NCATE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education which prepares students to teach Kindergarten through sixth grade. Successful completion of this program qualifies a candidate for a North Carolina Class A Teaching License.
- This is a completion degree – in addition to the general education and prerequisite courses, the online elementary education program curriculum consists of:
- Three semesters of coursework and field experiences (49 hours)
- A fourth-semester student teaching experience (12 hours)
Students take twelve or more hours each semester, plus six hours during the summer semester and all classes can be taken in an online format. Please note that Gardner-Webb University cannot admit students in the following states: California, Massachusetts, Florida, and New Jersey.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University
College Choice Score: 78.70
Average Tuition: $565.00
Located near Dallas-Fort Worth in Waxahachie, TX, Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, nonprofit university affiliated with the Assemblies of God denomination. Self-described as a Bible-based institution for professional and theological studies, the school has developed a strong online presence to extend the reach of its programs.
The Teacher Education Department at Southwestern Assemblies of God University offers a flexible, online Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education which leads to Texas teacher certification. Coursework in this program is available 100% online and students have the choice of several content concentrations, including:
- Teaching Social Studies in Elementary
- Teaching Science in Elementary
- Teaching Math in Elementary
- Creative Writing in Elementary
Southwestern’s Teacher Education Program is approved by the Texas Education Agency as well as the Association of Christian Schools International and the Association of Christian Teachers and Schools (allowing graduates to teach elementary students in Christian, private, or public classrooms around the world). Currently, SAGU is offering a 20% tuition grant for students who begin their bachelor’s degree and remain continuously enrolled.
Western New Mexico University
College Choice Score: 77.01
Average Tuition: $315.00
With a history reaching back to the late nineteenth century, Western New Mexico University (WNMU) is a public, comprehensive university located in the small town of Silver City, New Mexico. The school offers more than seventy areas of study at the undergraduate and master’s level with a well-known School of Education and a robust online presence.
The School of Education at WNMU offers an online Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education which leads to initial licensure in the state of New Mexico. This online program provides an experiential approach to education, from initial school observations to extensive opportunities for practice teaching. The School of Education offers teacher education endorsements in several areas, including:
- Health Science Education
- Language Arts
Practice teaching is an important part of the WNMU teaching curriculum, allowing teaching candidates to experience full-time responsibility for a classroom. It is also worth noting that WNMU guarantees your tuition rate as long as you maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and enroll in 30 credit hours per year.
College Choice Score: 76.61
Average Tuition: $325.00
Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Walden University is a regionally accredited (HLC), for-profit university which has been providing higher education for working students since 1970. Today the school enrolls over 51,000 students in all 50 states and over 114 countries.
Walden University offers an online, NCATE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education which is approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching (MBOT) and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, leading to teaching licensure in Minnesota. Walden’s teacher training curriculum is fully aligned with licensure requirements and emphasizes:
- Integration of technology in the classroom
- Building family partnerships
The program delivery is flexible and convenient, incorporating supervised in-person field placements and demonstration classroom teaching. Walden University allows students to transfer up to 115 credits (of the total 181) into the program. Additionally, test fees for the edTPA, Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations(tm) (MTLE) Content, and MTLE Pedagogy exams are included in the program cost. Please note that this degree program does not lead to licensure in the states of Kentucky or North Carolina.
East Carolina University
College Choice Score: 76.26
Average Tuition: $702.00
Located in Greenville, North Carolina, East Carolina University is a nationally ranked, public research university. The school ranks as one of the Top Public Schools nationally (US News and World Report) and has a highly regarded online program. Reflecting the school’s origins as a Teacher’s College, the College of Education ranks among the best in the nation.
The College of Education at East Carolina University offers an NCATE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an additional licensure to teach reading in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Students have the option of participating in either full-time (beginning in the summer) or part-time cohorts (beginning in the fall).
- Program includes a full-time internship in an assigned public school classroom.
- All coursework for this degree program is offered online
This degree program is designed specifically for students transferring from a North Carolina community college – students must enroll in and complete coursework at a North Carolina community college to be eligible for Partnership East. Partnership East serves students seeking their first four-year degree only. Please note that online tuition for residents of North Carolina is $163.48 / per credit – much lower than the out-of-state tuition listed above.
Southwestern Adventist University
College Choice Score: 75.63
Average Tuition: $655.00
One of only thirteen colleges in the United States affiliated with the Seventh-Day Adventist denomination, Southwestern Adventist University is a small, private, nonprofit university located in Keene, TX. The school ranks highly among regional universities in the West and has a liberal arts focus that encourages learning and inquiry.
Southwestern Adventist University’s Education and Psychology department offers an online Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education leading to licensure in Texas. And for those wishing to teach in Seventh-Day Adventist schools, this degree program can also lead to a Seventh-Day Adventist Teaching Credential (NAD).
- This degree program is accredited by the Texas Education Agency.
- More than 90% of SAU first-year teachers pass the state required exam for certification.
- Teaching certification has reciprocity with 46 other states.
Southwestern’s program offers unique opportunities for students planning to become teachers by providing reading remediation to students at risk, and doing microteaching episodes by observing the teaching and learning process in an actual classroom. These field experiences culminate in a 14-week internship in one of our local school districts.
St Petersburg College
College Choice Score: 75.17
Average Tuition: $426.00
Located in Pinellas County, Florida, St. Petersburg College is a public state college that is part of the Florida College System. The school offers a variety of Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees through several campuses throughout Florida as well as through their robust eCampus online learning program – the largest of its kind in the state.
St. Petersburg College offers an online Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education which prepares candidates to teach grades K-6 and also provides an endorsement in ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Reading. Other features of the degree include:
- Program meets all Florida Department of Education Certification requirements.
- Flexible delivery, with both full and part-time programs.
Quality school-based experiences every term supervised by experienced educators.
Students at St. Petersburg College’s will receive extensive experience in public schools including placements in primary and intermediate grades. The Elementary Education program includes practicums and a final internship supervised by veteran educators. And for Florida residents, in-state tuition is much lower ($123/ credit) than the out-of-state tuition listed above.
College Choice Score: 73.60
Average Tuition: $550.00
Situated in the small town of Marion, Alabama, Judson College is a private liberal arts college for women which is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist Convention. The school boasts small class sizes and a commitment to teaching rather than research. Judson College also has a reputation for being a good value among private colleges, to which their reasonable tuition rates attest.
The Professional Studies Division at Judson College offers an online Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education leading to the State of Alabama initial certification at the Class B level (undergraduate degree level). All programs within the Education Department are sequentially structured to provide the knowledge and experience necessary to produce teachers who are ready for life and learning.
- Judson’s undergraduate Educator Preparation Programs are approved by the Department of Education of the State of Alabama
- Elementary Education courses are designed to support state and national standards in education.
This program emphasizes that teaching at its core is a moral profession, and the role of teachers as agents of change. Throughout the course of the program, students will have many opportunities to gain hands-on experience teaching children in classroom settings and to observe experienced teachers at work. A final important thing to note: while Judson’s traditional on-campus classes are single gender, their online classes are open to both men and women.
College Choice Score: 71.79
Average Tuition: $445.00
Northcentral University is a private, for-profit, regionally accredited (WASC), online university which is located in Prescott Valley, AZ. The school opened its doors in 1966 with the goal of making a professional education accessible to all learners and their online programs extend this mission beyond the walls of the traditional classroom.
Northcentral University offers an online Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree completion program with a specialization in Elementary Education. The elementary education specialization at Northcentral is an undergraduate articulation program designed for Rio Salado College students interested in completing their bachelor degree. The online degree program at Northcentral features a flexible, individualized delivery model and students who enter the program with 90 credits completed can complete the degree program in as little as 20 months. Other features include:
- Weekly starts for online courses
- One-to-one interaction (no group projects) with doctorate-holding professors
- Ability to transfer up to 90 credits (of a total 120 credits)
Students learn instructional strategies for a wide variety of learners, as well as knowledge of a range of relevant topics. The elementary education specialization emphasizes the leadership skills necessary to succeed in the classroom and includes field experiences in technology and assessment in the elementary classroom.
University of Alaska Southeast
College Choice Score: 70.74
Average Tuition: $678.00
Located in Juneau, Alaska, the University of Alaska Southeast is a public regional university in the University of Alaska system. With a long tradition of career and technical education, the school has also developed a strong online presence, and currently offers over 40 programs through their e-Learning programs.
The School of Education at the University of Alaska Southeast offers an NCATE-accredited online Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education that prepares students for recommendation in the state of Alaska for initial teaching certification in grades K-8. Intended for residents of Juneau and rural Alaskan communities who need the flexibility of online learning, there are four main components of the program:
- UAS General Education Requirements
- Subject area coursework for the K-8 level
- Foundation courses in education with practical experiences in the schools
- Capstone year-long experience – professional education courses integrated with field experiences and student teaching.
Online students complete all coursework from their home communities, followed by practicum experiences in their senior year. This interdisciplinary program is in alignment with national and state standards, including the Alaska Standards for Culturally Responsive Schools.