BS in Elementary Education

This degree program is intended for those who plan to teach in second grade through fifth grade (and/or sixth grade if housed in an elementary school). The degree ensures that future teachers will be able to provide a high level of instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, health, and PE, as well as provide instruction that addresses the diverse needs of elementary age-students. This degree is recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International and the South Carolina Department of Education.

As an Elementary Education major, you will engage in four field experiences which introduce prospective teachers to a variety of grade levels and school cultures. You will understand and use the major concepts, principles, theories and research related to development of children and young adolescents to construct learning opportunities that support individual students’ development, acquisition of knowledge and motivation. You will plan and implement instruction based on knowledge of students, learning theory, subject matter, curricular goals and community. As a Southern Wesleyan Elementary Education Major, you will integrate your faith through your professional Christian stewardship in each field placement. Elementary education teacher candidates are encouraged to demonstrate Ethic of Care towards self, Ethic of Care towards their learners, Ethic of Care toward colleagues, and Ethic of Care towards the Community in which they are serving.

You might consider an Elementary Education major if you are fluent in verbal and nonverbal communication skills, can demonstrate your ability with elementary level math, science, social studies, the arts and health and physical education skills. As an Elementary Education major you should desire to have a positive role in shaping the academic, wellness and social skills of children as they learn foundational skills. Elementary Education majors should have a passion for learning and be comfortable interacting with children and young adolescents.

Why Elementary Education at SWU?

Passionate faculty with decades of education experience.

Each year, SWU graduates are selected for Teacher of the Year awards.

100% of our education program graduates who pass PRAXIS II are recommended for licensure in education.

“The education program at Southern Wesleyan University was the number one reason I have been successful in my profession. I cannot think of a single way Southern Wesleyan's education program could prepare future teachers any more than already.

Dawn Bright, Class of 2013

Career Opportunities

  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Educational Publisher
  • Tutor
  • Educational Researcher
  • Grant Writer
  • Missionary Worker
  • Training Specialist

Our graduates have landed jobs at:

  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Camps