Elementary Education Degree

Education Bachelor's Degree Program

An elementary education major prepares future teachers to teach grades kindergarten through six. Students combine an elementary education major with specific passions through endorsements related to an age group, type of learner, or subject area.

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Why should I earn an elementary education degree?


Flourish as an elementary teacher or pursue school administration, instructional coaching, education consulting, and more. 

Family Friendly

Between summer vacations and school holidays, teaching schedules are ideal for those wanting a generous balance between work and life. 


The work you do as an elementary teacher will inform the rest of a child’s life and education. Choose an empowering career that makes a difference. 

What I Can Do With an Elementary Education Degree

  • Teach young children — early childhood endorsement
  • Teach older children — middle school endorsement
  • Teach integrated STEM, special education, or TESOL with endorsements

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Why study education at BVU?

Real Experience

As an elementary education major at BVU, you will have the opportunity to put what you’re learning into practice in a real classroom. You can expect quality student teaching experiences in local schools as well as a variety of supportive volunteer options. BVU has a close working relationship with Faith, Hope, and Charity, a courageous organization for children with special needs. Alternative Week of Learning (AWOL) will also allow you to experience a week-long immersive trip volunteering in different cultural contexts. 

Art and Music

If your passion is art or music education at the elementary level, check out our art and music education pages and see how a collaboration between these outstanding creative departments can help you reach the career you’ve been dreaming about. 

The Bibliotrike Rolls On!

Building Bonds... and Literacy

A custom tricycle, stocked with up to 300 children’s books, visits parks and playground locations across Storm Lake. Beavers read aloud at each stop, interacting with kids and giving each one a free book. It's all part of the commitment to improve our local communities.

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Hybrid Learning

You can earn your elementary education degree without leaving your community. Hybrid courses combine the benefit of live ​video instruction with the convenience of online learning. In addition to a weekly class, hybrid students complete their coursework online and receive personalized advisement from local BVU site staff.

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BVU Leads to Success for Joel Pedersen and His District

Iowa’s Superintendent of the Year took a nontraditional route to earning his bachelor’s degree. He didn’t step foot on the Buena Vista University campus in Storm Lake. Rather, he studied at BVU’s site in Ottumwa while working in the Wapello County seat, his hometown.

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Elementary Education Courses

  • Major in Elementary Education (50 Credit Hours)

What are Endorsements?

Add a series of additional classes to your degree that qualify you for further teaching opportunities by choosing one or more of the following endorsements.

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Transfer to BVU

BVU has transfer agreements with Iowa’s community colleges, helping you get the most out of your hard-earned credits.

Contact an academic advisor at 712.749.1000 to see how your credits will transfer.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

We’ll help you figure out your options for financial assistance and possible scholarships.

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Education Faculty

Our instructors are committed to helping you build the future in Iowa and beyond.

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Transfer Your Credits

Do you have previously earned credits or an associate degree? BVU accepts most—if not all—of your credits so you don’t have to retake courses.

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Earn a Master’s Degree Faster with Our Accelerated Program

With BVU's Plus One program, you can earn your special education, teaching English as a second language, or organizational leadership master's within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s degree. 

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Secondary Education

Secondary education students find their passion in a certifiable teaching subject with their desire to become a licensed educator in grades 5-12.

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Special Education

Special Education serves children and young adults with a variety of exceptionalities including learning disabilities, mild to moderate disabilities, behavioral disabilities, and cognitive disabilities.

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Physical Education and Coaching

Students majoring in physical education and coaching learn in a variety of contexts.

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