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BS in Elementary Education



Teach with excellence. Make an eternal impact in the lives of children.

You love working with kids; making that connection, seeing them smile, watching them accomplish something, knowing that you have something to offer that can be passed on to future generations. This degree program is for you. Earn your elementary education degree at SWU, and get certified to teach second grade through fifth grade (and/or sixth grade if housed in an elementary school). Our expert faculty will prepare you to teach reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, health, and PE, and to address the diverse needs of elementary age students.

Real Practicum, Faith-Filled Curriculum

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 the 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, learners, colleagues, and the community in which they are serving.

Is the Elementary Education Major right for me?

If have a passion for learning and love interacting with children and young adolescents, this major is for you! You might consider an Elementary Education major if you are fluent in verbal and nonverbal communication skills and 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. 



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Justin Hart - Elementary Education Major

Katherine Wiggins - Elementary Education Major


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 they already do.

Dawn Bright, Class of 2013


Career Preparation

This program opens the door to many career possibilities including:

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

Graduate Experience

Our graduates have gone into a number of careers and have held jobs with employers such as:

  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Camps