Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (Emphasis in English) Initial Program - Leads to Initial Teacher Licensure

To become an English teacher, GCU offers a BS in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in English. This program is suitable for students who are preparing for a teaching career as a middle school or elementary English teacher and who are seeking initial teacher licensure. The format and courses of this regionally accredited and Arizona State Board of Education approved program are designed to maximize the content knowledge that the teacher candidate will possess upon graduation along with the content knowledge to meet the needs of 21st century learners by specializing in English.

As a teacher of Elementary Education, you will study topics such as curriculum development, classroom management, cultural diversity, English as a Second Language, methods of teaching technology in education, and educational psychology. All courses are directly aligned with professional teaching standards and the associated national content standards.

Although as an elementary teacher youll be teaching all subjects, this program may be appropriate for someone with a passion for English. To become an English teacher at the elementary or middle school level, youll study topics such as English grammar and linguistics, American literature, and the development of the short story. Content courses are aligned to the professional standards of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within many of the courses guide students through 105 hours of practicum/field experiences prior to student teaching, and the final semester of the program includes a full-time, 16-week student teaching component.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:


The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.

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* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.

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