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Columbia College Bachelor of General Studies in Elementary Education Certification

Prepare to teach elementary students in grades 1-6.

Learn to provide effective instruction based on child development

This specialized Bachelor of General Studies degree offers plenty of flexibility – while still providing the rigor to ensure graduates are well prepared for a career in elementary education. 

Students work closely with their academic advisors to plan a specific degree path. The major includes the requirements for a minor in elementary education certification as well as three specific content area minors (social and cultural studies, English/language arts and math and science). Professional education courses cover topics such as child development inside and outside the classroom, as well as techniques of classroom management and meaningful assessment.

Opportunities to study:

  • Child development
  • Educational psychology
  • Classroom management techniques
  • Teaching elementary math
  • Teaching elementary social studies
  • Reading techniques

Shape young children’s learning across all subject areas

The Beacon program prepares students for state teaching certification while they complete a bachelor’s degree and study content areas related to education. With this specialized degree within the program, students can focus on the area of greatest interest to them.   

Graduates have the knowledge and skills to fill a vital educational role as effective elementary teachers in grades 1 through 6. They have an understanding of the factors that shape children’s growth and development both inside and outside the classroom for a truly holistic educational approach.

Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.

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Available program formats

  • General education requirements 39-42 credit hours
  • Core requirements 79 credit hours
  • Electives 0 credit hours
  • Foreign language requirements 0 credit hours
  • Total degree requirements 120 credit hours

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