Campbellsville University's dual certification program enables you to attain career-focused credentials in elementary education and interdisciplinary early childhood education (IECE), adding only one semester to your bachelor's program.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 5/08/2024
Course Length: 16 weeks
Estimated Length: 4.5 years
Credit Hours: 143
Cost Per Credit: $424
Accreditation: CAEP

Dual Certification: P–5/IECE Birth to 5th Grade Overview

Act on your passion for educating the youngest learners with Campbellsville University’s dual certification program. You’ll earn a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, gaining the experience and global perspective to thrive as an inclusive educator of diverse populations — from birth through 5th grade.

Campbellsville’s dual certification program helps you prepare to seek initial teaching certificates in interdisciplinary early childhood and elementary education in Kentucky. Follow multiple career paths after completing the online program, with the qualifications to teach in preschools, elementary schools and beyond.

Campbellsville has deep roots as a teaching school and has empowered educators for success for more than 100 years. Distinguished faculty teach each online class, instilling valuable skills for nourishing the educational needs of the youngest learners. Moreover, this online program provides a direct route to becoming a dual-certified teacher, enabling you to stand out for elementary education and IECE roles.

Campbellsville University’s education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by the Education Professional Standards Board of Kentucky (EPSB) for teacher education and certification.

Program Outcomes

By pursuing your elementary education and interdisciplinary early childhood degree online in Campbellsville’s dual certification program, you’ll prepare to:

  • Teach as an elementary teacher, tutor or homeschool teacher
  • Teach in early childhood education from birth through preschool
  • Apply the servant leadership model to teaching practice and professional development
  • Create teaching plans that best fit the needs of your learners
  • Build relationship and communication skills for a more effective learning environment
  • Experience real-life examples of how to approach pedagogy for teaching and assessing elementary students

Course Map

Campbellsville’s Dual Certification: B.S. in Elementary Education and Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education degree program includes 143 credit hours. In addition to the online classes, you’ll complete 200 clinical practice hours in multiple classroom settings and grade levels. The program concludes with three student teaching placements that last a total of 16 weeks.

Admissions Requirements

Applying to Campbellsville’s Dual Certification: B.S. in Elementary Education and IECE degree program includes the steps listed below.

Apply to CU:

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcripts, including a complete record of all courses attempted from each college or university attended
  3. If transferring less than 24 credit hours, submit an official high school transcript
  4. Minimum GPA of 2.0

Costs & Financial Aid

The tuition for this dual certification bachelor’s degree program is $424 per credit hour. Be sure to request information if you have questions about tuition. Campbellsville University’s staff is here to help you discover financial aid options and afford your education.

Elementary Education and IECE Career Opportunities

After becoming a dual-certified teacher, you can embark on a career journey with multiple rewarding paths in education. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for elementary school teachers is $61,350 per year, and nationwide employment is projected to top 1.5 million by 2031. Additionally, the median annual earnings for childcare center directors is $47,310, with available jobs increasing by 8% from 2021 to 2031. Campbellsville's dual certification program also appeals to students who aspire to become:

  • Early Childhood Education Teachers
  • Daycare and Early Childhood Program Owners
  • Tutors
  • Homeschool Teachers

Why CU Online?

Focused on Your Growth

Our well-rounded education in the arts and sciences is central to our goal of fostering your personal and professional growth.

Faith-Based Education

Founded in 1906 as a Christian university, we welcome diverse perspectives and prepare students to become Christian servant leaders.

Affordable and Convenient

Campbellsville seeks to provide an affordable education for its students. Our online degree programs are in a convenient format, so you can study whenever and wherever you want.


Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Campbellsville University.

Benefits of Learning Online

Campbellsville University offers several dynamic online degrees so that students can continue their education and hone their skills. Campbellsville’s online campus has been recognized as one of the best by numerous outlets. The institution’s faculty members have real-world experience in their fields, so students can get a glimpse of working in their prospective career. Students can also conveniently fit online coursework into their busy schedules.

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