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Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Teaching young children is rewarding and meaningful work.

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


The online UofSC Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education program prepares students for rewarding careers teaching children in grades 2 through 6. Through the online learning experience, you'll learn to engage children in inquiry, facilitate learning and develop curriculum. You'll also learn how to collect, analyze, and interpret student data to inform instruction.

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.

Click here to view the curriculum.


Program Highlight - 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. Through these experiences, students gain valuable knowledge and skill by observing and working with teachers, school children, administrators and parents.

The Office of Clinical Experiences will arrange all field experiences, practicum, and internship locations. The College of Education works to provide quality and diverse P-12 experiences throughout the program. While efforts will be made to minimize lengthy travel time to schools, students should be aware that some travel may be required to participate in these experiences.


Prerequisites and Requirements

To apply for this online degree program, students must have:

  • 30 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA with a 2.75 needed before progression into upper level courses

While the following courses are not required for admission, consider taking courses from this list prior to applying for this online degree program:

  • Composition
  • Composition and Literature
  • Public Speaking
  • Life Science with a lab (General or Human Biology)
  • Physical Science (Astronomy, Chemistry, or Physics)
  • Economics
  • American History
  • American Government
  • World Geography or Introduction to Geography


Program Length

This is a degree completion program that leads to South Carolina teaching certification in grades 2 through 6. Upon successful completion of degree and certification requirements, and with a positive recommendation from the faculty, students will be recommended for teacher certification.

If you’re a full time student, the program will take two and a half to three years (depending on prior coursework completed) – with the last year consisting of a yearlong internship. Talk to an advisor about how to balance Palmetto College classes with your schedule. 


Ready to get started?

New terms begin six times per year.

Call, chat, or email us today! Our trained representatives can create a plan that takes into account your earned credits and your unique circumstances. If you are unsure whether you meet the prerequisites and would like to request a pre-evaluation of your previous college work, please talk with a Palmetto College representative before applying. 

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

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