Dire teacher shortages across the country are causing a surge in demand for quality educators. EKU’s online bachelor of science in elementary education provides the critical skills and experience needed to assume a K-5 teacher role and begin a rewarding teaching career. Coursework is 100% online. The program can be completed in 3.5 years and requires 200 hours of clinical field experiences in the schools prior to student teaching. The clinical office will work with you to arrange the required clinical experiences. Students graduate with kindergarten through fifth grade teacher certification in Kentucky. Reciprocity is available with many other states.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), the field of elementary education is poised for growth over the next eight years. A strong driver for the selection of elementary education as a degree is the knowledge that the field positively impacts the lives of individuals and communities. State licensing and regulation require a bachelor’s degree in education to teach in a public school in Kentucky. EKU’s convenient and flexible online degree provides access for those needing a virtual classroom to obtain teacher certification and achieve advancement in the field.
Choosing a career in elementary education positions you to shape the lives of children and their families. Providing a platform to cultivate high-quality educators, EKU blends academic and professional preparation through relevant and evolving content. Course topics include culturally responsive perspectives, differentiation in inclusive classrooms, engineering in classroom context, and emerging instructional technologies.
Admission to EKU’s online bachelor of science in elementary education is currently available only to students residing in Kentucky and it’s border states (Ohio, Missouri, West Virginia, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Virginia) in order to accommodate clinical placements. There are no campus requirements for this program.
Educational Professional Standards Board (EPSB) Mandated Clinical Experience
Bachelor of science in elementary education coursework is 100% online. Clinical experience, the state-mandated 200 observation hours, must be completed in a school placement made by the clinical office. School placements for observation hours are made with consideration of the student’s geographical location and pre-established MOUs with schools.
The following scholarships are available to all EKU students majoring in elementary education:
EKU’s online elementary education curriculum prepares students with the essential skills needed for entry into Kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms. Students gain content expertise, while honing their professional dispositions and ensuring ethical practices.
My advising team has been so helpful to me in figuring out what classes I need to take and how to most efficiently earn my degree. They are always quick to respond when I have questions and are always supportive of my academic goals.
EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.
Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $258 per credit hour for undergraduate and $335 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.
*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.
“I’d like to thank the EKU College of Justice & Safety for the opportunity to complete my degree online. It’s very user-friendly, and everyone has bent over backwards to make this happen.”
– 1LT Heath Bergmann, EKU Online Graduate