Bachelor of Science
Elementary Education

 Elementary Education at Greenville University 

Prepare to teach in a 21st century learning environment with Greenville University’s bachelor of science in elementary education. Enjoy a rigorous program embedded with multiple opportunities for hands-on experience in various learning environments. Learn to educate the whole child as you study best practices and time-honored pedagogical approaches. Become a servant leader in a culturally diverse world.

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90% job placement
Ninety percent of graduates from Greenville University’s School of Education find work in the field of education within the first year after graduation.
99% pass rate on edTPA
Students at GU currently have a 99% pass rate on the edTPA, a high-stakes test required in the State of Illinois for licensure.
300 classroom hours
Acquire more than 300 hours of experience in classroom from rural to urban settings.

Why GU


Double licensure. Complete double licensure requirements for early childhood and elementary education in a four-year bachelor's degree program. Double licensure allows teachers to work with students from birth through grade 6 in public schools, providing a wide range of opportunities.


Fully accredited. Our School of Education is accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).


Character education. Earn nationally recognized certification in character education from Character Plus and learn to educate the whole child.


Gateways ECE credential. Greenville University is a Gateways to Opportunity entitled institution for the ECE credential levels 2,3,4, and 5.

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Elementary Education, BS Success Story

Success Stories

I hear principals say Greenville grads are the best teachers! The Greenville education program prepares us for the classroom in so many ways. The professors and field experiences give us the heart and grit for teaching. I am so grateful for my Greenville education.

-Laura Pennington Stewart, elementary education major

Program Requirements

Visit the Online Undergraduate Catalog for an explanation of graduation requirements.

The elementary education major is a program designed to prepare individuals to teach first through sixth grade, and requires students to complete 87 credits.  Students completing this major are eligible for the bachelor of science degree.