Change the lives of young students and earn initial licensure to teach elementary school in Kentucky with the online elementary education degree from Campbellsville University.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 5/08/2024
Course Length: 16 weeks
Estimated Length: 4 years
Credit Hours: 123
Cost Per Credit: $424
Accreditation: CAEP

B.S. Elementary Education (P–5) Overview

The online Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (P–5) from Campbellsville University provides the interdisciplinary knowledge, skills and experience you need to become a certified elementary school teacher in Kentucky. While the program requires clinical experience, the coursework and format are 100% online. You can complete the degree in four years or less, depending on the number of transfer credits.

The curriculum prepares you to teach all elementary school subjects. You will also study classroom management, learning theory, instructional technology and strategies for working with diverse learners. At the end of your program, you will complete 16 weeks of student teaching in elementary classrooms to apply what you’ve learned. We provide placement assistance to identify student teaching opportunities in your community.

Graduates of the online elementary education degree program are prepared for Praxis® exams and have the initial licensure required to teach at the primary through fifth-grade levels. We also offer a dual certification option in special education. Students pursuing the elementary education major may choose to complete a second major in special education, opening doors to more opportunities.

Our faculty are education experts who bring real-world teaching experience into the online classroom. Campbellsville’s education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and are approved by the state’s Education Professional Standards Board of Kentucky (EPSB) for teacher education and certification.

Dual Licensure Options Available

Students have the option to complete the Elementary Education (P–5) Initial Certification program and the B.S. in Learning & Behavior Disorders degree in a dual licensure program. This dual program option will add only one semester to your completion time, allowing you to graduate with two career-focused credentials while saving time and money.
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Students also have the option to complete the B.S. in Elementary Education and the B.S. in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education in a dual licensure program. This dual program option also only adds one semester and allows you to graduate with two career-focused credentials while saving time and money.
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Course Map

This program consists of 123 credit hours and includes education, clinical practice and related courses within the elementary education major. The bachelor’s in elementary education online program can be completed in four years or less, depending on transfer credits and previous academic experience.

Admissions Requirements

To apply for Campbellsville University’s CAEP-accredited bachelor’s in elementary education online program, students must complete or submit for review the following.

Apply to CU:

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcripts, including a complete record of all courses attempted, from each college or university previously and currently 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 online elementary education degree program costs $424 per credit hour. To help students afford their education, Campbellsville University’s staff can work with students to discover available financial aid options.

Careers in Elementary Education

After finishing your elementary education degree, you will be qualified to pursue a career as a certified elementary school teacher in Kentucky from primary through 5th grade. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, elementary school teachers earn an average of $60,660 per year. Job growth for this role is expected to grow 7 percent through 2030, as fast as the national average.

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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