With a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Gardner-Webb University, you will prepare to teach students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The curriculum offers instruction in a broad spectrum of topics, giving you the toolkit you’ll need to excel in the classroom.
As an Elementary Education student at GWU, you will learn about the development stages children experience from ages five through twelve. By studying the learning characteristics of students from various cultural backgrounds and explore the unique needs of exceptional students, you will acquire useful techniques and strategies for the classroom and develop stronger skills in communication and personal relationships. In addition, you will also learn through hands-on field experiences in real-life elementary classrooms.
Your major in Elementary Education requires courses in art, math, music, physical education, social studies education, and science education in order to give you a comprehensive background in core academic subjects to better equip you to handle the many questions bound to come your way.
Gardner-Webb University’s School of Education offers a learning environment that supports Christian values in the classroom. You will gain valuable professional preparation to succeed in your career and help your future students succeed in school. You also benefit from spiritual support that prepares you for ethical, inspired leadership.
Upon completing a degree in Elementary Education, you will have fulfilled the requirements for a North Carolina Class A Teaching License. You will be fully prepared to teach kindergarten through sixth grades in North Carolina. Graduates of Gardner-Webb's Elementary Education program are employed by schools throughout North Carolina and beyond.
In addition to Gardner-Webb University’s required general education and prerequisite courses, an additional 31 hours of credit is required for a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree. The professional education minor is required for undergraduate students seeking licensure at the K-12 level.
Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.
The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education requires a minor in Professional Education. The minor includes 29 credit hours. Students will not be permitted to complete more than 50 percent of the minor until formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program a minimum of one full semester prior to the semester in which they student teach.
Gardner-Webb does not offer a General Education minor.