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B.S. in Elementary Education - Early Childhood Education



The College of Education offers you the unique opportunity to graduate in four years with dual certification. A Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Elementary Education enables you to teach Kindergarten through eighth grade in all subject areas. The additional certification in Early Childhood Education equips you to teach Pre-K through third grade, and ensures you can work as a professional caregiver in infant/toddler settings. Aligned with national and state standards, successfully completed programs lead to Oklahoma Teacher Certification and can be transferred to other states as well as internationally. 

Degree Plan for B.S. in Elementary Education - Early Childhood Education


What can I do with a degree in Elementary Education with Early Childhood Education Certification?

  • Teach children Pre-K through grade eight in public, private and Christian schools
  • Infant/toddler caregiver
  • Childcare center owner/director
  • Family support specialist/childcare services consultant
  • Serve in churches and non-profit institutions
  • Missions and international education
  • Curriculum/product development and sales

What are some of the core experiences?

  • Active, hands-on learning with experienced faculty committed to your success
  • Small classes with personal attention
  • Extensive classroom experiences (150 hours total) throughout the degree program, including Montessori and Reggio Emilia
  • Learn to create learning-centered environments embedded in classroom conversation
  • Learn developmentally appropriate practices, teaching methods, classroom management, and culturally responsive teaching

What makes ORU’s Elementary Education with Early Childhood Education program stand out?

  • Two certifications are earned in the time and expense usually required for one
  • Dual certification broadens your expertise, so you have more to offer potential employers
  • An innovative learning environment that includes avatars, technology-enhanced learning strategies, and Google Level 1 and 2 certifications
  • A research-based emphasis on literacy as a tool for processing, problem-solving, and communication
  • The opportunity to take up to 12 hours of graduate classes at no additional cost
  • Nationally recognized mentoring program for ongoing support through your first year of teaching
  • Faculty who model the integration of faith and learning, professional and Spirit-empowered
  • The ORU experience—a challenging, supportive learning community

Are there scholarships available?

Nearly 100% of our full-time, undergraduate residential students receive ORU grants and scholarships through academic achievement and through ORU’s premier scholarship opportunity of our Quest Whole Leader Scholarship. To learn more about financial aid, click here.


Dr. Chance Bosch, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Chair
College of Education

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