Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

It takes a special calling to be an elementary school teacher. Teachers must be creative, experienced, knowledgeable, and discerning in order to give elementary students the strong beginning they need. If you believe you have this calling to inspire the next generation to become tomorrow’s leaders, then our Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education is right for you!

The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education is designed for future elementary school teachers, kindergarten through sixth grade. In this program, you will learn the theory and methods to succeed in the classroom and gain skills needed to effectively work with diverse learners in a variety of settings. You will gain hands-on classroom experience starting your first year by participating in field-based learning experiences that put you in the classroom with experienced teachers.

In your final year, you will solidify your skills as a planner, problem solver, classroom manager and collaborative educator working with master teachers to incorporate teaching concepts and strategies into everyday practices that will prepare you for a rewarding career in education. Small class sizes encourage individualized learning and peer support. Our courses equip you to develop the confidence and skills needed to teach in public and private schools across the country.

Students begin Pre-Professional Clinical Experience in year 3 Prior to Clinical Practice (student teaching). A Bachelor’s degree with a major in Elementary Education includes these courses:

EDUC220   Foundations of Teaching
EDUC326   Teaching the Exceptional Child
ENGL 230  Children and Young Adult Literature
EDUC345   Teaching and Assessing K-6 Literacy
EDUCXXX   Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

EDUC365   Teaching and Assessing Mathematics
EDUC355   Teaching and Assessing Social Studies
EDUC375   Teaching and Assessing Science
EDUCXXX   Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum

EDUC310   Inclusion in the 21st Century Classroom
EDUC320   Language Acquisition
EDUCXXX   Family, School, and Comm Involvement

EDUC450   Collaborative Teaching
EDUC480   Clinical Seminar and Practice

Who is this degree for?

  • Individuals seeking a bachelor’s degree in education.
  • Individuals seeking employment opportunities as a licensed classroom teacher in grades K-6.
  • Community college graduates seeking a career in education.
  • Individuals who are currently employed as instructional aides or paraprofessionals seeking to advance as a licensed classroom teacher.
  • Mid-career professionals looking to transition to a teaching career.



Undergraduates at Pillar do preliminary coursework and field placements in Elementary Education as assigned beginning the second semester of the program. Students begin their professional education courses at the junior level upon completing the required General Education courses. Candidates are eligible for acceptance into the teacher preparation program when they have achieved the following:

  • Schedule a meeting with the Program Chair to complete all required paperwork as a teacher “candidate” and complete a transcript review.
  • Complete a minimum of 57 general education credits with a GPA of at least 2.7 in the following: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Psychology.

BENCHMARK 2 (Non-Academic)


Candidates are eligible to apply to the professional education semester which begins the Teacher Preparation Program when they meet all requirements outlined in Benchmark 1 and after attaining a passing score on Praxis Core examinations with passing scores as follows: Reading: 156, Math: 150, Writing: 162.

Meet with Program Director to review all requirements for admission to the professional education semester. Complete the Statement of Understanding.
Submit a resume and complete a written essay as a teacher candidate. (Topic will be provided).
Provide a professional reference along with two references from current or previous instructors (at least one from Pillar College).
Participate in a small group interview process and receive positive disposition results based on feedback from the interview.



  • Successful completion of all requirements outlined in Benchmarks 1 and 2.
  • Meet with Program Director to review all requirements for clinical practice.
  • Attain a qualifying score for the appropriate PRAXIS II Exam** by posted deadline dates (Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies).
  • Maintain a 3.0 in all Professional Education courses including all Language Arts/Literacy, Mathematics, and Curriculum & Assessment and other professional education courses.
  • Maintain ratings of “Meets Expectations” on all Dispositional Reports from all Instructors & Cooperating Teachers.
  • Successful completion of all clinical experiences.
  • **For Fall/Spring Residency Year: Praxis II scores are due March 31 (prior to beginning Residency Year) For Spring/Fall Residency Year: Praxis II scores are due July 31 (year prior to beginning Residency Year)


BENCHMARK 4 (Clinical Residency)

  • Successfully complete clinical practice (490 hours) with Acceptable evaluations from cooperating teachers and clinical supervisors
  • Attain a grade of B or higher in Clinical Practice and Seminar course
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Timely submission of edTPA ePortfolio with a passing score
  • Completion of all degree requirements
  • Submission of all paperwork and fees for certification
  • Exit interview and completion of exit survey

$22,056 Annual Full Time Student Tuition (Domestic)
$30,000  Annual Full Time Student Tuition (International)*
Block Rate (12-17 credits per semester)
*Block rate is not available to LEAD, Online and Independent-study courses
International student tuition up to 15 credits maximum
$919 Per credit rate (11 or less; 18 or more credits per semester); all Online and Independent Study Courses are charged at per credit rate
$158 Audit rate per credit


Dual Enrollment (DEED) program per course (not per credit), taken at Pillar College
Dual Enrollment (DEED) program per course (not per credit), taken at local high school

Developmental Courses (ESL and courses below 100 level) per credit

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