Do you love children?

Do you feel called to teach?

Like William Butler Yeats said, “Education is not about filling a bucket; it’s about lighting a fire.”

The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education prepares one for certification in elementary education for grades 1-8. Teaching young children can provide a solid foundation for the rest of their lives, as they learn how to relate to others, hone their motor skills, and train their brains how to learn (and love learning).

Calling + Passion

Teaching is not for the faint of heart. It requires tenacity, integrity, and perseverance. It demands a compassionate heart, willing mind, and competent hands. It requires passion, intelligence, and, most importantly, a calling. Teaching is its own form of ministry, and it must come from the fire God lights in your heart, rather than outside pressures or persuasion. Teaching is more than a job; it is a calling because it involves the difficult and rewarding
challenge of helping students become better people. The professors at OKWU encourage students to find their passion. If you love young children, and the thought of reading The Little Engine that Could, Charlotte’s Web, or A Wrinkle in Time excites you, then the Elementary Education major is definitely for you.

The curriculum meets the standards of the Oklahoma Commission on Teacher Preparation and the Oklahoma State Department of Education and is nationally accredited through NCATE/CAEP. The curriculum includes general education courses, professional education courses, and specialized elementary-age appropriate courses.

Real-life Experience

One special thing about OKWU’s Education program is the amount of real-life practice we afford students. These hands-on experience gives students the opportunity to start early, even as early as their first freshman semester. From field-observations to practicums, every lesson is designed to equip teachers to be most effective in their field. The capstone for this degree is one semester of student teaching in an elementary classroom (grades 1-8) under the supervision of a certified teacher at a local school.

Some of the classes a Elementary Education major will take include:

  • Conversational Spanish
  • Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development
  • Tests and Measurements
  • Geography
  • Creative Experiences in Elementary Schools
  • Reading Foundations and Process
  • Children’s Literature
  • Classroom Management… and more!

Elementary Education majors, unlike other education majors, are required to be well-versed in all subject areas, since they are expected to teach it all. Therefore, they are required to take 12 credits each of math, science, English, and history courses in addition to their other coursework.

Building Effective Educators with a Christian Perspective with TOWER

T – Theory-Based Practices
O – On-Site Experiences
W – World View
E – Expertise in Content
R – Reflective Teaching

Everything we do revolves around our four pillars of OKWU’s mission: The Primacy of Jesus Christ, the Priority of Scripture, the Pursuit of Truth, and the Practice of Wisdom. Our graduates encapsulate these values and are thoroughly equipped to pass them on to the next generation.

School of Education Faculty

Click here to learn about the faculty members teaching the next generation of teachers.

Elementary Education Degree Plan

Click here to go to the OKWU course catalog, which outlines course descriptions, teacher certification requirements, and degree plans for all majors. Information about the School of Education begins on page 128, and the elementary education degree plan begins on page 141.