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Bachelor of Elementary Education Degree Programs

Become the Teacher You Dream of Being with a Bachelor of Elementary Education at BSU

Elementary school educators play an integral role in children’s lives, profoundly affecting the ways in which children learn and grow. If you dream of making a difference in this way, a Bachelor of Elementary Education from Bridgewater State University will prepare you for an exciting, challenging and rewarding education career.

As you pursue your undergraduate elementary education degree, our Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education will provide you with engaging course work and authentic field experiences to help you acquire the skills and credentials you need to positively impact the learning of students in grades 1–6.

At BSU, we can help you become the teacher you wish you had, preparing you for a classroom of your own.

Bachelor of Elementary Education Program Highlights

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Exciting real-world learning opportunities

As you earn your bachelor’s degree in elementary education at BSU, you’ll find hands-on learning experiences early in your college career. From mixed-reality teaching simulations and field experiences to research and student teaching opportunities abroad, you’ll develop and practice skills to confidently begin your teaching career.
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Learn from the best

As you earn your Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education at BSU, you’ll take classes with leaders in professional organizations, published researchers and acclaimed speakers. Our faculty bring years of teaching experience to your courses, where they model teaching excellence and share insights into modern classrooms.
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A BSE tailored to your goals

Choose the Bachelor of Elementary Education program that’s right for you. If you join our dual licensure program, you may earn a Bachelor of Elementary Education with a special education concentration as well as a master’s in special education.

A Bachelor of Elementary Education you can trust

We’ve prepared educators and future educators at BSU for 180 years. Our Bachelor of Science in elementary education is one of the oldest programs of its kind in Massachusetts. It’s also approved through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, so you know it will give you the credentials you need.

Small class sizes, big benefits

At BSU, you’ll take courses for your undergraduate elementary education degree with about 20 other students. This intimate learning environment allows your instructors to get to know you, offer constructive feedback on your teaching and allow you to collaborate with your classmates.

Awards and special programs

As you earn your bachelor’s degree in elementary education at BSU, you may apply to join our STEM-EL Program that helps you develop skills to teach STEM-related subjects in multicultural environments. This program is free for accepted students through a National Science Foundation grant. You may also apply for the TEACH Grant, which is awarded to a student who will serve at least four years as a full-time teacher in a high-need subject area at a low-income school.

Looking to transfer?

Did you know that 35% of BSU undergraduates enter as transfer students? Our dedicated Transfer Services staff will work with you to figure out how to transfer credits, which courses to take next, and how to settle in as a member of the BSU community.

Program of Study for Elementary Education Majors

At BSU, our Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education programs offer you research-based pedagogy and strategies for encouraging the social and emotional development of children.

Choose from:

  • Elementary Education, BSE, which will prepare you for initial Massachusetts licensure in elementary education (grades 1–6)
  • Elementary Education, Special Education Concentration, BSE, which gives you an in-depth understanding of special education and the elementary school classroom. You may also apply for early acceptance into the MEd in special education program for your initial license as a teacher of students with moderate disabilities in grades PreK–8.

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Careers in Elementary Education

The need for skilled educators in elementary schools is expected to grow, with an estimated 124,300 job openings each year through 2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. So, if you’ve been thinking about becoming a teacher, now is a great time to start your journey to earning your undergraduate elementary education degree and obtain your initial licensure.

Your Bachelor of Science in elementary education from BSU will help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to teach children in grades 1–6. Should you choose to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with the dual licensure concentration, you’ll also be well on your way to earning a master’s degree.

The majority of BSU alumni with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education teach in public schools. Once you complete your undergraduate elementary education degree, however, you may choose to teach in private or parochial schools, community programs, tutoring organizations or other institutions.

About

80%

of BSU alumni who complete our Bachelor of Science in elementary education degree program remain employed in Massachusetts public schools two years after graduation.

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Continue Your Education Beyond Your Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Are you thinking ahead about pursuing graduate studies after you’ve completed your bachelor’s degree in elementary education? If you choose to continue your education beyond your undergraduate elementary education degree, you can stay at BSU to do so.

Here are a few BSU graduate programs in education you may consider:

  • Elementary Education, MEd, Professional License
  • Elementary Education, MEd, Concentration in STEM
  • Elementary Education, MEd, Concentration in Applied Technology in the Elementary Classroom
  • Counseling, Mental Health Counseling Concentration, MEd
  • Educational Leadership, MEd
  • PreK–12 Education, MEd
  • Bilingual Education, Graduate Certificate and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Graduate Certificate
  • Digital Technology for Educators, Graduate Certificate