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Elementary Education B.S.Ed. Certification Track

Format: In person on the Armstrong, Statesboro and Liberty Campuses
Credit Hours: 124

Georgia Southern University’s College of Education is the premier and primary educator of teachers in Southeast Georgia, and Eagle Educators are known throughout the state and nation for their achievements and dedication to the field of education. 

The Elementary Education B.S. Ed. Certification Track program is designed for students who desire to gain knowledge and skills to teach all subjects at the elementary level including kindergarten through fifth grade. The face-to-face program, offered on all three Georgia Southern campuses, provides numerous opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and skills in elementary classroom experiences and student teaching placements.  Our faculty are dedicated to provide a rich learning environment where our students gain the skills needed to enhance children’s learning.

Program Format

By earning your bachelor’s in elementary education, you will experience: coursework in the major field(s) of study, methodology courses addressing academic instruction, and core coursework in professional education.

During the program, you will have many experiences in public school classrooms prior to the student teaching semester. All field experiences, including student teaching, take place within a 70 mile radius of the Georgia Southern campus. Explore the Elementary Education program outcomes to find out what you’ll learn.

Upon successful completion of the Elementary Education program and passing the Elementary Education Certification GACE exam, you will qualify for Georgia’s P-5 teacher Induction certification.

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Admission Information

The Georgia Southern University Office of Undergraduate Admissions oversees the application process for undergraduate students. During the admission process, ALL students interested in either the single certification or dual certification program must declare the Elementary Education B.S. Ed. Professional Studies (Non Certification Track) as their intended major.  When accepted to the university, ALL undergraduate education majors are admitted into the Elementary Education B.S.Ed. Professional Studies (Non Certification Track) program. For university admission information, please visit the Georgia Southern University Admissions website.

At the completion of all courses, through area F in the program of study, students seeking initial teacher certification would then apply to the Teacher Education Program. (See admission requirements for admission into the Teacher Education Program). If accepted into the Teacher Education Program, the student would move into the Elementary Education B.S.Ed. Certification program in the single certification. For entry into the Dual Certification-Elementary and Special Education B.S.Ed. Certification track, please contact your designated advisor for entry requirements. Those students who are NOT seeking initial teacher certification, would complete the remainder of the program requirements for the Elementary Education B.S.Ed. Professional Studies (Non-Certification Track) program.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Student Learning Outcome 1 (Content Knowledge):
    • Graduates of the Elementary Education program will demonstrate understanding of the content knowledge elementary educators must have in order to support children’s learning in the content areas, including Reading and English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, and Health, Physical Education, and the Arts.
  • Student Learning Outcome 2 (Planning):
    • Graduates of the Elementary Education program will plan and utilize appropriate curricula and instructional practices that reflect a knowledge of individual children, the community, and curriculum goals and content; authentic, performance-based assessment of children’s learning; and environments and experiences that meet the needs of all individual children.
  • Student Learning Outcome 3 (Instruction):
    • Graduates of the Elementary Education program will create learning experiences that demonstrate knowledge of how children differ in their development; implement a variety of instructional strategies to encourage children’s physical, social, emotional, aesthetic and cognitive development; differentiate strategies and environments to meet the specific needs of all children, including those with disabilities, developmental delays, or special abilities, maintain a positive learning environment with respect demonstrate sensitivity to differences in family structures and social and cultural backgrounds, and utilize formative and summative assessment strategies to plan effective instruction.
  • Student Learning Outcome 4 (Effect on Student Learning):
    • Graduates of the Elementary Education program will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to assess and analyze student learning, make appropriate adjustments to instruction, monitor student learning, and have a positive effect on learning for all students through the planning and implementation of a unit of instruction.
  • Student Learning Outcome 5:
    • Graduates of the Elementary Education program will demonstrate beliefs and behaviors that contribute to a professional demeanor necessary for an individual to be a successful teacher of students with diverse characteristics and abilities, including the ability to create caring and supportive learning environments, encourage self-directed learning by all students, and work with students, colleagues, and communities in ways that reflect the professional dispositions expected of professional educators.

Elementary Education B.S.Ed. Professional Studies (Non-Certification Track)

The B.S.Ed. degree with a major in Elementary Education Professional Studies (Non-Certification Track) provides students who are interested in education the opportunity to take coursework focused on elementary education content areas. The degree allows for choice in several areas leading to a broad background. When accepted to the University, all education majors interested in Elementary Education are placed in the Elementary Education B.S.Ed. Professional Studies, (Non-Certification Track) program. This track does NOT lead to teacher certification. Upon meeting teacher education program admission requirements, those seeking teacher certification in Elementary Education will move into the Elementary Education B.S.Ed. (Certification Track) program.

Program Format

In-person on the Armstrong, Statesboro and Liberty Campuses, Credit Hours: 124

Undergraduate Advising

All B.S.Ed. Elementary Education and Dual Certification majors are assigned to a professional advisor in the College of Education (COE) Advisement Center for program planning and course scheduling.  Undergraduate students are advised each term by appointment. Please visit the COE Advisement Center web page for a list of program advisors.

For change of major or transfer questions, contact the COE Advisement Center directly at 912-478-0698.

Contact Information

B.S.Ed. Elementary Education
Single-Certification Multi-Campus
Program Director

Ms. April Newkirk

Student Spotlight

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“I’ve always worked well with children,” she said, “and I am grateful for Georgia Southern giving me the other pieces to the puzzle to become a good teacher.”

Jaisha Nivens, ’20

From the Bronx to Statesboro, a graduate’s dream to teach children turned into a reality. Read the full spotlight story on one of our Eagle Educators from the Elementary Education B.S.Ed. program.

Professional License/Certification Disclosure

The Department of Elementary and Special Education anticipates that graduates of the BSED Elementary Education (P-5 and DUAL Certification) will be eligible to seek professional certification by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission as a certified teacher in their respective fields.

The Department of Elementary and Special Education has determined the required classes and educational activities of these academic programs will qualify a graduate of this program to take the GACE exam for teacher certification in Georgia. The department has not determined whether these programs satisfy the requirements of all states and territories for teacher certification in Elementary Education.

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Last updated: 3/29/2024