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Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Teaching young children is rewarding and meaningful work. This degree prepares future educators for careers teaching grades 2-6. 


The Palmetto College Online Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education is issued by USC Columbia.


You'll learn how to engage children in inquiry, facilitate learning, develop curriculum, and collect, analyze, and interpret student data to inform instruction.

The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education is comprised of an online learning component along with field and clinical experiences.

After successful completion of all degree and certification requirements, and with a positive recommendation from the faculty, students will be recommended for teacher certification in Elementary Education.
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Field and Clinical Experiences

This program requires extensive field experiences in South Carolina P-12 schools. High-quality, diverse school experiences are essential to an effective teacher preparation program. While every effort will be made to minimize travel time to schools, students should be aware that some travel may be required to participate in these experiences.


Prerequisites & Requirements

Students must have 45 hours of college-level course work, with 36 hours of specific course work, to apply for this online degree program.  If you haven't earned your hours yet, you can do so at any of our Palmetto College campuses statewide, or at any South Carolina technical college. To find out if you're qualified to apply for this program, please contact a Palmetto College advisor.

Total requirements to complete this degree: 122-128 hours
Major requirements available online: 64 hours
GPA: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale


Program Length

If you’re a full-time student, the program will take three years—two years of coursework plus a yearlong internship. If you work, you may need to take a lighter course load.
Talk to an advisor about how to balance Palmetto College classes with your schedule.



This program is fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


Important Dates

Semester Application Deadline  Missing Documents Final Registration  Tuition Deadline Class Start
Spring 2017 November 1 2016 December 1 2016 TBD TBD January 9 2017
Summer 2017 No Summer Entry No Summer Entry No Summer Entry No Summer Entry No Summer Entry
Fall 2017 July 1 2017 August 1 2017 TBD TBD August 24 2017


Ready to get started?

Call, chat, or email us today! Our trained advisors can create a plan that takes into account your earned credits and your unique circumstances.

If you've already talked to a Palmetto College advisor, just follow the application instructions for this degree.