Pursue your passion for elementary education and special education. Gain competitive credentials for teaching with an online dual certification degree program from Campbellsville University.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 5/08/2024
Course Length: 16 weeks
Estimated Length: 4.5 years
Credit Hours: 136
Cost Per Credit: $424
Accreditation: CAEP

B.S. Learning & Behavior Dis. (P-12) + Elementary Ed. (P-5) Overview

The online Bachelor of Science in Learning & Behavior Disorders (P–12)/Elementary Education (P–5) Initial Certification degree is a dual licensure program that prepares you to become a special education and elementary education teacher. Earn your bachelor’s degree and two licensures with one online program and complete your undergraduate education faster while saving money.

Courses for the dual licensure program are taught through an interactive, online learning platform. Our faculty are education experts who bring real-world teaching experience into the online classroom.

As you complete each course, you’ll build expert skills in learning theory, concentration methodology, classroom management, differentiating instruction and more. You’ll also complete a student teaching opportunity that will allow you to gain hands-on experience working with current teachers and students inside the classroom.

When you complete the online Learning & Behavior Disorders (P–12)/Elementary Education (P–5) Initial Certification dual licensure program, you’ll be prepared for the Praxis exam and to start a career in elementary education and/or special education in Kentucky. You’ll also have the credential to pursue advanced academic opportunities, including graduate education. You’ll enter the workforce with a bachelor’s degree, two licenses and a competitive edge in your field.

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

Program Outcomes

When you complete both programs for the dual licensure degree, you’ll be prepared to:

  • Teach as a special education teacher and/or elementary teacher
  • Create lesson plans that best fit the needs of your learners
  • Apply the servant leadership model to teaching practice and professional development
  • Build relationship and communication skills for a more effective learning environment
  • Experience real-life examples of how to approach pedagogy for teaching and assessing students with learning disabilities and behavior disorders

Course Map

This dual certification program consists of 136 credit hours. It includes general education, foundational and related studies courses along with 200 required clinical practice hours embedded in the courses and a 16-week student teaching requirement. The online Learning & Behavior Disorders (P–12)/Elementary Education (P–5) Initial Certification degree dual program can be completed in four and a half years, depending on transfer credits and previous academic experience.

Admissions Requirements

To apply for Campbellsville University’s CAEP-accredited Bachelor of Science in Learning & Behavior Disorders (P–12)/Elementary Education (P–5) Initial Certification degree, 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 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 Learning & Behavior Disorders (P–12)/Elementary Education (P–5) Initial Certification degree 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 and Special Education

Upon graduation, you’ll be equipped with the skills to sit for the Praxis exam and pursue a teaching career in elementary education or special education. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, elementary school teachers earn a median salary of $60,660 per year, while SPED teachers earn a median salary of $61,500 per year. Both teaching occupations are growing steadily at 7-8%. More than 148,000 new positions are expected to be created by 2030.

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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