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BA in Elementary Education Degree (P-5)

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Online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Elementary Education

The online BA in Elementary Education degree at Mount Vernon Nazarene University is perfect for busy working adults that wish to strike a balance between their career aspirations and their personal responsibilities.

The program is offered entirely online for ultimate flexibility and features easy-to-access online course materials, 12+ weeks of full-time student teaching experience, and a team of advisors to personally assist you with course scheduling and financial aid. The program is accredited by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

If you’ve always wanted to be a teacher but couldn’t manage the strict daytime course schedules and in-person learning requirements of traditional education programs, this program is perfect for you. Our online Elementary Education degree enables working professionals with families and other commitments to complete their education and enter this rewarding field.

Online Elementary Education Degree Highlights

Today’s youngest students will face social and technological advancements we have not yet imagined. As such, there is a strong need for caring, highly skilled educators to prepare future generations for the challenges of higher education, work, and successful adult lives. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education will be needed to meet this demand in public, private, and charter schools here in Ohio and across the country.

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Tuition & Cost

$398 per credit hour**

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Program Length

27-48 months*

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Total Credit Hours


*Based on students beginning the program with an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. Time to completion varies based on individual student circumstances and previous college experience.

**30 credit hours of the program must be completed at MVNU. Other restrictions apply. Please contact our Enrollment Team for additional information.


ECED 4103

Unit Planning and Portfolio

A study of child development and the structure of the content areas integrating theory, research, programming, materials, and methods essential for teaching children in prekindergarten through primary grades, with application on the development of curriculum in the form of an integrated unit focusing on science or social studies content.

EDUC 3103

Introduction to Multicultural Education

Examines the historical development of multicultural education and its efforts to help students understand social and educational issues faced by our diverse nation. You’ll learn to think critically and reflectively regarding decisions that need to be made as a classroom teacher to meet the academic, social, cultural, and emotional needs of all students.

ECED 4092

Urban/Diverse Field Experience

This field-based course is designed to give candidates opportunities to observe and teach trial lessons in an urban/diverse early childhood classroom. This experience totals sixty (60) clock hours.

Curriculum stats/highlights

An online elementary education degree, like the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at MVNU, makes it possible with flexible scheduling and easy access to online course materials. Each course runs for five, eight, or ten weeks, and upper-level courses are taken individually for learning that fits your busy schedule.

Career-Focused Curriculum
While online teaching bachelor degrees offer the convenience of remote learning, they also provide all the fundamentals required for success in the teaching profession. The program emphasizes collaborative learning to promote peer-to-peer connections.

Students enrolled in the bachelor’s degree in elementary education also complete more than 12 weeks of full-time student teaching to prepare for the demands of the modern classroom. Throughout, you’ll have access to dedicated advisors to assist with course scheduling, financial aid, and other concerns.

During your program of study, you’ll prepare for:

  1. Subject-area teaching
  2. Literacy instruction
  3. Teaching best practices
  4. Classroom management
  5. Lesson planning
  6. Working with diverse populations
  7. Maintaining a welcoming, inclusive classroom

MVNU’s Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education program is accredited by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, and graduates are qualified to earn their Ohio teaching license in grades Pre-K through 5.


Core Courses Credit Hours
General Teaching Methods 2
Inclusion & Inclusive Curricular Practices 3
Social Studies (Grades PK-5) 4
Math (Grades PK-5) 4
Science Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Grades PK-5) 4
Developmental Literacy Lab 1
Developmental Literacy 3
Basics of Phonics Instruction 3
Content Area Reading 3
Classroom Management 4
Unit Planning 3
EC/Integrated Field Experience 2
Introduction to Multi-Cultural Education 3
Elementary Language Arts & Writing Methods 2
Urban/Diverse Field Experience 2
Upper Elementary Field Experience 1
Student Teaching/Seminar 10
Total Core Hours 54

How much will it all cost?

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Cost per credit hour: $398
Total credit hours: 123

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Financial Aid

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Get the Facts

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, elementary school teachers have the potential to earn a median income of up to $60,660 annually. The field is expected to grow by 4% over the next 10 years, ensuring steady expansion and ample opportunity.


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Job Growth


Earning an online Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education offers more than the opportunity to shape young minds. Graduates can also look forward to a successful financial future. As the need for skilled teachers continues to rise, MVNU graduates with online elementary education degrees are well-positioned to find success.

  • Classroom Teachers
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Charter Schools
  • Religious Schools

MVNU has a strong reputation for producing compassionate, competent, and committed educators who are also real-world ready. Employers know that we exceed the number of field hours required for licensure by the state of Ohio — because of that reputation, our grads are always in high demand. The vast majority of them secure jobs not long after, and sometimes even prior to, graduation. Administrators seek out our graduates for openings in their schools and districts.

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