Prepare for a Role as an Elementary STEM Teacher
STEM includes the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics that concentrate on understanding the world and solving problems to transform our everyday lives. By enrolling in the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in STEM degree at Grand Canyon University (GCU), you can grow into an elementary STEM teacher while being exposed to diverse occupations within STEM-related fields. This degree can prepare you to become the teacher who potentially fulfills roles within STEM fields.
STEM fields can be seen as innovative and instrumental in shaping the future of the global economy.1 As the world becomes more technologically advanced, the fields are calling for more STEM-qualified teachers who can ignite interest, curiosity and excitement in STEM education, starting at the elementary level.2 This career path can prepare you to introduce STEM awareness early, fostering a passion for learning and discovery in these crucial areas.
Earn Your Elementary STEM Education Emphasis From GCU
In education, STEM college and career readiness begins in elementary and middle schools where teachers are knowledgeable about STEM and passionate about making a difference in a child’s life and the future of our country. Starting students with STEM education in elementary school can improve their overall outcomes.1 You will be taught how to integrate STEM into the classroom with an interdisciplinary approach, promoting problem solving and creativity through inquiry and project-based, hands-on learning for elementary learners.
This program further connects you to opportunities (such as elementary education field experiences) to apply concepts, theories and research. Field experiences guide you through 130 hours of observational and practice-based learning. For further teacher-candidate experience, you’ll also complete a 15-week student teaching component. These STEM teacher courses can prepare you to move into the next steps.
Upon graduation, you will be eligible to work toward obtaining your elementary education teaching license. Be sure to check the specific licensing requirements in the state you wish to teach. Fill out the form on this page to speak to a university counselor about your specific needs.
Course Topics for Elementary STEM Teacher Preparation
STEM teacher course topics are designed to ignite your curiosity and unravel the mysteries of science, mathematics, technology and engineering through engaging and interactive coursework. From innovative teaching strategies to modern educational technologies, our courses are designed to inspire your passion for STEM by helping you create a learning environment for young minds.
Course topics include:
- Developmental psychology during early adolescence
- Instructional methods, planning and assessment
- Student engagement and engaging learning environments
- Instructional strategies for integrating science, health, social studies, the arts, English language arts, engineering and mathematics
- STEM tools for today’s classroom
- Integrating multiple disciplines for STEM teaching and learning
- Three-dimensional teaching
Elementary Education STEM Career Opportunities
With a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education: STEM emphasis, you will be taught the skills needed to pursue potential positions in a variety of fields, such as an elementary education teacher. A STEM education with versatile skills can also ready you for various industries, including civil, mechanical, industrial and electrical engineering. These are the jobs of the future that require innovation, collaboration and critical thinking.1
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates job growth for STEM occupations to increase by about 10.8% from 2022 to 2032, faster than average, accounting for an estimated increase of 1,122,400 jobs in the field.3
Begin Your STEM Training for Elementary Teachers at an Accredited University
Aligned with the Arizona Department of Education, the BS in Elementary Education with a STEM emphasis supports GCU’s mission to produce career-ready graduates who can bring effective STEM education into schools and classrooms. If you are seeking initial teacher licensure to teach in both elementary and middle grade settings, this program may be for you. The curriculum is institutionally accredited and approved by the Arizona State Board of Education. Courses meet the standards of the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) and International Society for Teaching in Education (ISTE).
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education: STEM Emphasis FAQs
To help you gain a comprehensive understanding of our STEM elementary teacher BS degree, explore the frequently asked questions below to find the information you need to become a future STEM educator.
Embrace the path of innovation and be a catalyst for tomorrow's advancements. Start your journey today and empower the next generation of pioneers. To learn more about degree requirements and program qualifications, fill out the form on this page and a university counselor will contact you.
If seeking licensure or certification, applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. In addition, fingerprint and background clearance is required.
1 Langdon, David. McKittrick, George. Beede, David. Khan, Beethika. Doms, Mark. (2011, July). STEM: Good Jobs Now and for the Future. U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration. Retrieved on Aug. 24, 2023.
2 National Science Board (n.d.). U.S. STEM Workforce: Definition, Size, and Growth. Science & Engineering Indicators. Retrieved on Aug. 24, 2023.
3 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2023, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Employment in STEM Occupations, retrieved Sept. 13, 2023.
4 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), STEM Occupations as of May 2022, retrieved on Sept. 13, 2023. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers nationwide with varying levels of education and experience. It does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates in STEM occupations, nor does it reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country or a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries. Your employability will be determined by numerous factors over which GCU has no control, such as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, the graduate’s experience level, individual characteristics, skills, etc., against a pool of candidates.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.