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.


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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.

  1. A completed GOAL-Degree Completion Program Application
  2. Send official transcriptions from all previously attended institutions to:

    Gardner-Webb University
    Digital Learning
    P.O. Box 1896
    Boiling Springs, NC 28017
    Or, send your official copies electronically to dcp@gardner-webb.edu
  3. If you are a former student applying for readmission, submit official transcripts from any institution attended during the interim.

Applicants must have earned at least 24 hours of college credit; those with 48 or more transferable hours may be admitted without additional review. Applicants with fewer than 48 transferable hours will work with their assigned Success Coach in collaboration with the academic program leadership of the applicant’s chosen major program of study to produce a written curriculum plan establishing a clear path to graduation.

Gardner-Webb partners with community colleges in NC for our Pathways program, which offers the opportunity for community college students to transfer credits from their Associates in an Applied Science degree toward a corresponding Bachelor’s degree offered by GOAL-The Degree Completion Program.

Additionally, Gardner-Webb University is a participating institution in the North Carolina Community College Articulation Agreement for an Associates of Arts and Associates of Science degree, offering greater transfer opportunities for continuing your education. Visit our transfer equivalency database to find out more about which courses will transfer to GWU.

The University also participates in the North Carolina RN to BSN Uniform Articulation Agreement, allowing registered nurses who hold an Associate in Nursing degree from a NC Community College to complete a BSN in as little as 1 year following the NCCC RN-BSN 5 block degree program.

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