Elementary Education, BS

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. The mission of our program is to train teachers to be servant leaders 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 diverse settings from rural to urban classrooms.

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.


Four years, two majors, one degree. Complete dual licensure requirements for special education (pre-K to age 21) and elementary education (grades 1-8) in a four-year bachelor’s degree.


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


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.

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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

Elementary Education, BS Course Requirements

The elementary education major is a program designed to prepare individuals to teach first through sixth grade, and requires students to complete 95-101 credits. Students completing this major are eligible for the bachelor of science degree.



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