Best Online Elementary Education Degrees

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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 there are such amazing online programs out there making a high quality education possible for the working adult!

Top 10 Best Online Elementary Education Degrees

Rank School Location
1 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
2 Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS
3 Regis University Denver, CO
4 Asbury University Wilmore, KY
5 Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
6 LeTourneau University Longview, TX
7 Midway University Midway, KY
8 Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Saint Mary of the Woods, IN
9 University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, KY
10 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA

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What kind of online Elementary Education degree should you get?

College Choice is here to help you sort through your options. This 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. Basically, you can’t go wrong!

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. Check out this resource for more.

How much do people make with an online Elementary Education degree?

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 (click here for source).

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.

What are the requirements for an online Elementary Education degree?

Other than getting through your coursework, here are 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.
  • 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.

When it comes down to it, the biggest requirement is for you to be an advocate for your own education! Read the fine print; go the extra mile; become the best teacher you can be!

What are the best online Elementary Education degrees?

College Choice’s ranking of the 30 best online Elementary Education degrees is designed to provide potential students a breakdown of the top schools at the nexus of quality education and return on investment. This ranking is based on several key metrics including academic reputation, overall tuition, financial aid offerings, and early career salaries for graduates. Our data was derived from publicly available sources including U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, and PayScale.com.

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  1. Drexel University
    Location

    Philadelphia, PA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    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.

    Program Features

    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

    Notables

    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.

  2. Mississippi State University
    Location

    Mississippi State, MS

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    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.

    Program Features

    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

    Notables

    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.

  3. Regis University
    Location

    Denver, CO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    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.

    Program Features

    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.

    Notables

    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.

  4. Asbury University
    Location

    Wilmore, KY

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    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.

    Program Features

    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

    Notables

    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.

  5. Old Dominion University
    Location

    Norfolk, VA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    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.

    Program Features

    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.

    Notables

    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.

  6. LeTourneau University
    Location

    Longview, TX

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    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.

    Program Features

    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

    Notables

    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.

  7. Midway University
    Location

    Midway, KY

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    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.

    Program Features

    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

    Notables

    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.

  8. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
    Location

    Saint Mary of the Woods, IN

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    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 by U.S. News and World Report. The school has also invested heavily in their online content, and their online bachelor’s programs have garnered national acclaim.

    Program Features

    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

    Notables

    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.

  9. University of the Cumberlands
    Location

    Williamsburg, KY

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    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.

    Program Features

    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.

    Notables

    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.

  10. Liberty University
    Location

    Lynchburg, VA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    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 – U.S. News and World Report ranks their online Bachelor’s program in the top 100 nationally.

    Program Features

    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
    • Theories and methodology based in Christian education

    Notables

    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.

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