Imagine the impact you can make. Earn your bachelor’s degree in elementary education and help students build a bright future.

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Do you aspire to shape children’s lives as an elementary school teacher? When you pursue a BS in Elementary Education at Walden, you have experts, policymakers, and education leaders who will support you in making the greatest possible difference for your students.

Elementary education bachelor’s programs focus on teaching math, science, reading, and other core subjects to children in grades K–6. Coursework in Walden’s teaching degree program explores the integration of technology in the classroom, building family partnerships, collaboration, and literacy. Learn strategies proven to help young students build confidence and excel in today’s diverse classroom environments.

Walden University, a Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)–accredited institution, is dedicated to enhancing educator effectiveness.

Why Earn Your BS in Elementary Education at Walden?

In this program, you’ll prepare for initial teacher licensure through the guidance of dedicated teacher educators and curriculum aligned with licensure requirements.

  • Join a community of leaders. With more than 65,000 education students and alumni, including more than 150 state teachers of the year, you’ll stand alongside some of the best teachers in America.
  • Engage in a cutting-edge program from an CAEP-accredited university dedicated to enhancing educator effectiveness.
  • Learn from technology-rich coursework, including interactive videos and virtual field experiences featuring exceptional teachers working with students in their classrooms.
  • Share ideas and learn with a community of educator peers from across the U.S. through the online classroom.
  • Review test preparation materials, so that you are better equipped to pass the licensure exams required for certification.

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Since 1970, Walden has helped adult learners get the education they need to inspire change in the world. Now, we’re ready for you to join us.

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Are You Ready to Shape Bright Futures?

Becoming a leader in the classroom starts with taking that first step. If you’re ready to inspire young minds through teaching, reach out and we’ll help you begin the process.

Transform Your Classroom and Community

A bachelor’s program in elementary education combines teaching theory with practical experience, exploring topics ranging from classroom management to technology. In Walden’s online bachelor's degree program in elementary education, you’ll embark on a clear and comprehensive path to becoming an elementary school teacher. Prepare to lead your own classroom as you progress through a course of study that features demonstration teaching as well as supervised in-person field placements.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Walden’s online elementary education degree program will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate content knowledge, skills, and pedagogy appropriate to elementary education.
  • Demonstrate the skills and dispositions of a professional educator.
  • Promote K–6 children’s development and learning across content areas through the design and implementation of engaging, differentiated learning experiences that support children’s development and learning across all domains.
  • Use data to assess student growth to make informed instructional decisions that build on the strengths and meet the needs of individual children.
  • Practice cultural responsiveness to build positive trusting relationships with children, families, and colleagues and to create supportive learning environments for all.
  • Use technology appropriately, resourcefully, and innovatively to personalize and improve teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with children, families, colleagues, and communities to improve outcomes for every child and effect positive social change.

BSEE Graduates Career Outlook

Begin a Rewarding Career in a Field With High Demand

As current educators retire, qualified elementary school teachers are needed across the nation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is expected to grow by 7% through 2026, adding about 104,100 jobs to accommodate an expected increase in school enrollment.1

By earning your elementary education degree online from Walden, you can influence children’s lives through a variety of teaching roles, including:

  • Elementary school teacher
  • Kindergarten teacher in a preschool
  • Sixth-grade teacher in a middle school
  • Virtual elementary school teacher

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.


Sandy Tolbert

Sandra Tolbert

MSEd Graduate
I would not have been in the position that I was offered had I not completed my master’s degree through Walden.
Walden provides flexible online programs for working people.
Being able to exercise, rehearse, and express my ideas regarding my passion in education has been a reflective process. I realized we should all aim to effect positive social change in our communities. If we leave a positive mark, then our job has been done well!
Lori Todd MSEd Graduate
Lori Todd
Melville Richardson MSEd Graduate
Melville Richardson
Gustavo Sever EdD Graduate
Gustavo Sever

1Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers, Job Prospects. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Walden University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of seven years, from April 2019 through June 2026. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. CAEP is the only recognized national accreditor for educator preparation, promoting excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement. Walden University earned CAEP accreditation by meeting rigorous national standards and demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement.

CAEP accreditation is based on a review of The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership’s initial teacher preparation programs—the BS in Elementary Education and the Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in Special Education—and advanced educator preparation programs—the EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration and the MS in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration. Three of these programs were reviewed by Specialized Professional Associations (SPAs), which defines content-area standards for programs, and achieved national recognition: Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in Special Education, EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration, and MS in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration.

Walden is approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching to offer a program leading to initial licensure in Elementary Education. Candidates must pass the required Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exams (MTLEs) before Walden can recommend candidates to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) for the license. Candidates are responsible for completing any other Minnesota requirements beyond Walden’s state-approved program and MDE is solely responsible for reviewing applications and issuing licenses.

Individuals interested in an elementary education licensure in states other than Minnesota may qualify by virtue of completing a state-approved teacher preparation program; however, individuals must review their state’s regulations to ensure the program meets all requirements, paying particular attention to any requirements specific to out-of-state program completers.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement.

This program does not qualify for teacher state licensure in Kentucky or North Carolina. Students who are interested in receiving teaching licensure in these states should not enroll in this program.

Prospective Alabama students: State Authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at a non-Alabama institution must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at

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