The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education program will help students understand and prepare for the rigors of teaching in an elementary school setting. You'll feel confident that you'll enter the classroom with the knowledge, leadership skills and experience to make a difference in the lives of students.
Southern New Hampshire University's BA in Elementary Education offers a number of advantages, including:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in elementary education at SNHU include:
SNHU students who earn a BA in Elementary Education are certified to teach students in a variety of content areas in grades K-8.*
The outlook for elementary education employment is good, with a 6% increase in jobs projected from 2014 to 2024.
Those who choose to obtain a dual certification in general special education may teach students with disabilities in grades K-12. Special education teachers are in great demand in districts across the country.
This program is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification as leading to an initial teacher's license or endorsement in New Hampshire. Southern New Hampshire University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement, or salary benefits. View disclosure information.
In addition to meeting all degree requirements, students seeking certification must meet all testing requirements for their specific certification area as required by the New Hampshire Department of Education. Students will not be recommended for certification until all requirements are met.
The BA in Elementary Education curriculum allows for choice and depth. In addition to academic learning, students may choose from several fieldwork settings. You'll learn from faculty with real-world teaching experience who serve on local, state and national education boards. SNHU's small, personal environment gives education students ample opportunity to form strong relationships with their professors and learning community.
Dual Certification in Elementary Education and General Special Education
Elementary education majors may complete additional courses to earn general special education certification in grades K-12. Teachers who earn this certification are qualified to support the learning needs of students with disabilities in a regular education curriculum.
Dual certification opens up a number of career opportunities, as special education teachers are in great demand in districts throughout the country, with an employment outlook expected to grow 6% from 2014 to 2024.
SNHU's bachelor's in elementary education program includes:
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
Total Credits: 120
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
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Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals. More than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships.