Evening classes through GWU will help you reach your dream of teaching Kindergarten through sixth grade. The curriculum offers instruction in the broad spectrum of topics, giving you the toolkit you’ll need to excel in the classroom.

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

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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.

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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, the online elementary education program curriculum consists of three semesters of coursework and field experiences (49 hours) with the fourth semester consisting of a student teaching experience (12 hours). You will take twelve or more hours each semester plus six hours during the summer semester. All classes can be taken in an online format.

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

Successful completion of this program qualifies a candidate for licensure in the state of North Carolina. Before beginning the program, a student who intends to work in a state other than North Carolina should contact the appropriate state licensure authority in order to determine whether North Carolina licensure requirements meet that state’s requirements or whether additional requirements apply. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm and comply with the licensure requirements in any state other than North Carolina.

Educators who work in South Carolina should consult the SC Department of Education webpage on Online and Out of State Educator Preparation Programs which includes the following instructions.

Prior to beginning an online program, an individual must request a formal program approval using the online Request for Change/Action form. Along with the form, educators will need to include, college or university name and address, program name, program description and the purpose of the program. Also what the educator wants to obtain with degree program (ex: Initial certification in Elementary Education). Approval for online programs cannot be given via phone or email.