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Bachelor of Science in

Elementary Education


Program Overview

Oral Roberts University’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Elementary Education is a residential program that will prepare you to become a “transformed professional Christian Educator”. Through our diverse yet cohesive program, you will enter the teaching world equipped to lead the next generation through education. Whether it is elementary or secondary education, public or private school, your experience in ORU’s College of Education will qualify you for the classroom, wherever that may be.

If you choose to major in education, or get a standard teaching certificate, you will need to be admitted to the Professional Education Program as a prerequisite for approval to student teach. You will need to be admitted before you have completed 75 hours in your degree program.

As an elementary education major, you will focus on the American education system in a relevant way to gain from history and grow for the future. We will explore current issues in elementary education and work to bring growth and change to our field.

Students choosing the elementary education major at ORU earn a licensure in elementary education and have the choice of three areas of concentration: English as a second language, early childhood education or special education mild-moderate disabilities.

What can I do with a degree from ORU in Elementary Education?

As an ORU Education graduate, you will be prepared to be a teacher and change lives. According to National Center for Education statistics, America’s schools will need 2 million additional teachers over the next decade. There is a major need for educators with a Christian worldview and who want to impact education in any sector - public, private, or Christian schools. As a graduate of ORU’s Elementary Education department, you will be equipped and positioned to touch the future as an educator.

What are some of the core experiences of this program?

  • Reading and Language Arts
  • Children's Literature and the Library
  • Elementary Reading Methods with Practicum
  • Literary Assessment and Clinical Experience
  • Concentration and Professional Education classes

Areas of Concentration

English as a Second Language

If you select this concentration, you will study the basic principles of language learning and teaching, including a comparison of first and second language acquisition, instructional and learner variables and methodological implications.

English as a Second Language Concentration Course Offerings

  • Structure of Modern English
  • Descriptive Linguistics
  • TESL Methods and Materials
  • TESL Curriculum Design
  • TESL Assessment
  • Cross-Cultural Communication

Early Childhood Education

In the early childhood education concentration, you will focus on the psychosocial, cognitive, symbol and creative growth and development of children from birth to age eight. Included in this concentration is a focused study incorporating a 10-hour practicum on infant and toddler development emphasizing parent and caregiver practices to promote optimal child development.

Early Childhood Education Concentration Course Offerings

  • Foundations of Early Childhood Education and Physical Development
  • Infant and Toddler Development
  • Symbol Development and Creativity of the Young Child
  • Psychosocial Development and Guidance of the Young Child
  • Cognitive Development of the Young Child
  • TESL Methods & Materials

Special Education

The special education concentration will acquaint you with different exceptionalities served in schools. Students choosing this concentration focus on assessment procedures, placement, methods, materials and teaching strategies.

Course Offerings for Special Education Concentration

  • TESL Methods & Materials
  • Assessment and Program Planning
  • Parents and Families of Students with Special Needs
  • Behavior Management Strategies
  • Effective Instruction for Students with Mild-Moderate Disabilities
  • Methods, Strategies and Techniques for Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities
  • Issues, Trends and Curriculum Modification in Special Education

What makes ORU’s Elementary Education program stand out?

Not only will you will receive a diverse, comprehensive God-centered education, but you will also be led by a team of professors that are second to none. Together, we will strive for excellence and ensure you are equipped to bring light into whatever classroom you step into. The experience you will receive at ORU will train you for the classroom and the world. Also, you will get the opportunity to experience classroom practicums, work with teachers and students in the fields, observe everyday classroom procedures and activities and reach the community and world through outreach projects and mission trips.

In Elementary Education at ORU, we feel strongly in our Unit Theme (to be transformed by the renewing of our minds- Romans 12:2), Unit Mission (to go into every person’s world), and Unit Vision (to produce lasting fruit John 15:16) to provide a firm foundation for the department. These core values of our program keep us running toward our goal and united in our cause.

What about accreditation?

As a university, we exceed the highest accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of the top outside regulators in the U.S.

The ORU College of Education is accredited by the following associations:

  • Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation (OCTP )
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

The ORU College of Education is recognized by the following agencies:

  • Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
  • Oklahoma State Department of Education

The ORU College of Education holds memberships with the following associations:

  • American Association of College of Teacher Education
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities

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.

ORU College of Education Holmes Scholars program is a partnership between ORU College of Education and AACTE Holmes Scholars® that has been established to support Quest scholarship awarded doctoral candidates from historically underrepresented backgrounds who are pursuing careers in education.

The AACTE Holmes Scholars program will provide mentorship, peer support, and rich professional development opportunities. Scholars will become or are candidates for faculty and leadership positions in teacher education, field specializations, or educational research.

By partnering with the AACTE Holmes Scholars program, ORU COE aims to strengthen our support of the promotion of diversity within the professional community and prepare educators to serve diverse learners. 


Linda G. Dunham, Ed.D.
Chair of the Undergraduate College of Education 

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