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  • Online Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education

    BS in Elementary Education

    Drexel University’s accredited online bachelor’s degree in education is designed to help you prepare for PK-4 elementary teacher certification or PK-4 and Special Education certification.

    During the BS in Elementary Education program, you’ll be provided with a personalized plan of study consisting of courses that teach the skills and knowledge to effectively lead a classroom, work with pedagogical technology, and enhance creative problem-solving skills.

    The PreK-4 specialization covers required competencies such as:

    • Child Development
    • Language Development
    • Early Literacy and Math Foundations
    • Early Intervention
    • Integration of the Arts for the Developing Child
    • Family and Community Partnerships

    The Special Education specialization covers required competencies such as:

    • Understanding the Complexities of the Disabled Learner’s Needs
    • Modifying a Curriculum
    • Providing Remedial Instruction
    • Using Technology to Address the Learner’s Needs
    • Managing Instruction for Students with Special Needs in the Inclusive Classroom

    What is a Bachelor’s in Education?

    A bachelor’s in education is an undergraduate degree program that can lead to a future as a teacher or education professional. It prepares you for state teaching certification, though many who wish to work in education in a non-teaching capacity often earn the degree as well. If you plan to get certified, you are required to participate in student teaching experiences. If you are not looking to teach, you can take additional pedagogy courses.

    Bachelor’s Degree in Education Program Features

    • Program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and coursework corresponds to state certification preparation standards
    • Prepares you to obtain a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate—through Interstate Reciprocity Agreements, graduates can become certified to teach in almost any state
    • Option to add coursework to prepare for Special Education Certification
    • Drexel’s Field Placement Office is dedicated to securing all field experiences
    • Graduates have access to two years of post-program support including classroom-based coaching, professional development and networking programs, and notifications of job openings
    • Drexel University is proud to be a partner of the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Pennsylvania Scholarship Program

    What are the Requirements for a BS in Elementary Education?

    Drexel’s BS in Elementary Education is a 10-term, 180 quarter credit part-time degree program. It can take approximately 2.5-5 years to complete the program, depending on the number of credits transferred in. You can transfer up to 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits) from any accredited institution of higher learning as long as the grade is a C or better. Core courses include 81 quarter credits in pedagogy requirements and 18 quarter credits in student teaching, in addition to general education classes and electives.

    What Can I Do with a BS in Elementary Education?

    Though the most obvious path for those with education degrees is to go into teaching, there are other career opportunities as well. Some graduates use their degrees as a stepping stone for further education to become school librarians or counselors. Others choose to support their schools in different ways, focusing on administration or curriculum design. And some find that their skills make them great fits for positions in nonprofit organizations.

    State Certification for Pennsylvania Elementary Education (PK-4)

    Drexel's program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education under its rigorous guidelines for teacher certification preparation programs. Students who complete the program are recommended for Pennsylvania elementary education (PK-4) certification. In most cases, Pennsylvania's rigorous certification guidelines provide for a smooth transition of certification to other states.

    Some states may require additional coursework or exams prior to obtaining their teacher certificate. Since requirements are constantly evolving in most states, please be sure to confirm any reciprocity agreements with your home state's certifying agency. Certification reciprocity assists in obtaining your certification in another state, but you still must meet the receiving state's certification requirements. Specific state information is available through The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification.

    Student Teaching Requirements

    Teacher certification requires 12 consecutive weeks of full-day student teaching and an additional 190 hours of in-school pre-student teaching activities which are embedded into pedagogy courses throughout the program.

    Non-Certification Option

    Those not planning to pursue PreK-4 teaching positions are not required to complete the student teaching placement and alternate pedagogy courses are substituted for student teaching.

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    BS in Elementary Education Salary Expectations

    Whether you plan to teach or work in the education field in another capacity, you’ll enter the job market prepared to command a competitive salary. Actual earnings vary based on the exact position and location, but here are some common salaries and job titles:

    Job Title

    2017 Median Salary*



    Elementary School Teacher


    Special Education Teacher


    Social and Community Service Manager


    Training and Development Specialist


    *Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Learn more with our teacher’s salary guide.

    Related Program

    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    You can transfer up to 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits) from any accredited institution of higher learning as long as the grade is a C or better. Most credits will fulfill liberal arts or general classes. 

    General Education/Content Requirements  
    BIO 161 General Biology I 3.0
    BIO 162 General Biology II 3.0
    CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 4.0
    COM 111 Principles of Communication 3.0
    ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics 4.0
    ENGL 101
    or ENGL 111
    Composition & Rhetoric II: Inquiry and Exploratory Research
    English Composition II
    ENGL 102
    or ENGL 112
    Composition & Rhetoric II: Advanced Research & Evidence-Based Writing
    English Composition II
    ENGL 103
    or EMGL 113
    Composition & Rhetoric III: Themes & Genres
    English Composition III
    ENVS 260 Environmental Science and Society 3.0
    HIST 275 History of Pennsylvania 3.0
    MATH 171 Introduction to Analysis A 3.0
    MATH 172 Introduction to Analysis B 3.0
    MATH 173
    or MATH 107
    Introduction to Analysis C
    Probability and Statistics for Liberal Arts
    MUSC 130 Introduction to Music 3.0
    NFS 100 Nutrition, Foods, and Health 2.0
    NFS 101 Introduction to Nutrition & Food 1.0
    PHYS 151 Applied Physics 3.0
    PSY 101 General Psychology I 3.0
    PSY 320  Educational Psychology 3.0
    PSY 330 Cognitive Psychology 3.0
    SOC 335 Sociology of Education 3.0
    English (Literature) elective: Select course between ENGL 200 - 360 3.0
    Free electives 16.0
    Pedagogy Requirements  
    EDUC 101 Foundations in Education I: A Historical and Philosophical Perspective 3.0
    EDUC 105 Freshman Pedagogy Seminar 3.0
    EDUC 120 Child Development I: Typical Development 3.0
    EDUC 121 Child Development II: Atypical Development 3.0
    EDUC 205 Sophomore Pedagogy Seminar 1.0
    EDUC 216 Diversity and Today's Teacher 3.0
    EDUC 236 Early Literacy I 3.0
    EDUC 305  Junior Pedagogy Seminar 1.0
    EDUC 306 Assessment of Young Children 3.0
    EDUC 308 Creating a Positive Classroom Climate 3.0
    EDUC 312 Educational Policy, Law, & Advocacy 3.0
    EDUC 314 Science Teaching Methods 3.0
    EDUC 316 Teaching in Urban Contexts 3.0
    EDUC 324 Current Research in Curriculum & Instruction 3.0
    EDUC 326  Language Arts Processes 3.0
    EDUC 335 Engaging the Learner 3.0
    EDUC 336 Early Literacy II 3.0
    EDUC 338 Expressive Arts for PK-4 3.0
    EDUC 355 Social Studies Teaching Methods 3.0
    EDUC 365 Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners 3.0
    EDUC 405 Senior Pedagogy Seminar 1.0
    EDUC 411 Family and Community Partnerships 3.0
    MTED 417 Mathematics Methods and Content: Early Childhood 3.0
    MTED 418 Mathematics Methods and Content 3.0
    PreK-4 Concentration  
    EDEX 142 Special Education Foundations: Referral and Assessment 3.0
    EDEX 344 Inclusionary Practices for Exceptional Students 3.0
    EDEX 346 Literacy and Content Skill Development PreK-8 3.0
    EDUC 210 Early Language Development 3.0
    PreK-4 & Special Education Concentration  
    EDEX 142 Special Education Foundations: Referral and Assessment 3.0
    EDEX 344 Inclusionary Practices for Exceptional Students 3.0
    EDEX 346 Literacy and Content Skill Development PreK-8 3.0
    EDEX 347 Special Education Processes PreK-8 3.0
    EDEX 348 Emotional and Behavioral Support of Individuals with Disabilities 3.0
    EDEX 349 High Incident Disabilities 3.0
    EDEX 350 Teaching Individuals with Low Incident Disabilities 3.0
    EDEX 351 Pervasive Developmental Disorders 3.0
    EDEX 352 Integrating Technology for Learning & Achievement 3.0
    EDEX 353 Special Education: Methods & Practices PreK-8 3.0
    Student Teaching Experience  
    EDUC 409 Student Teaching Seminar I 9.0
    EDUC 410
    or EDEX 414
    Student Teaching
    Student Teaching (Special Education)
    Total Credits 180.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • Transfer Students
      • A minimum of 24 previous college semester credits (36 quarter credits) from a regionally accredited institution, with a grade of C or better in content courses, or a grade of B or better in core pedagogy*
      • College GPA of 2.5 or above (cumulative GPA of 3.0 must be achieved by end of program to obtain PA state teaching certification)
    • First-Year Students
      • Between 0 – 23 previous college semester credits from a regionally accredited institution*
      • Must have earned high school diploma or GED a minimum of 2 years ago
    • Non-Matriculated Option
      • Drexel University also offers a non-matriculated option, where you can take courses without being enrolled in a degree-granting program.

    *A transcript review will be conducted by a University advisor

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
      • Transfer Students
        • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
      • First-Year Students
        • Official high school transcripts
        • Official ACT/SAT scores no more than five years old
        • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2020-2021 is $530 per credit. (A 40% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $883 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2020-2021 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2020

    September 21, 2020

    December 5, 2020

    December 7, 2020

    December 12, 2020

    Winter 2021

    January 4, 2021

    March 13, 2021

    March 15, 2021

    March 20, 2021

    Spring 2021

    March 29, 2021

    June 5, 2021

    June 7, 2021

    June 12, 2021

    Summer 2021

    June 21, 2021

    August 28, 2021

    August 30, 2021

    September 4, 2021

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