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Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Teaching young children is rewarding and meaningful work. This degree prepares future educators for careers teaching grades 2-6. 


The Palmetto College Online Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education is issuedElementary Ed Best Colleges 2017 by USC Columbia.


You'll learn how to engage children in inquiry, facilitate learning, develop curriculum, and collect, analyze, and interpret student data to inform instruction.

The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education is comprised of an online learning component along with field and clinical experiences.

After successful completion of all degree and certification requirements, and with a positive recommendation from the faculty, students will be recommended for teacher certification in Elementary Education.
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Field and Clinical Experiences

This program requires extensive field experiences in South Carolina P-12 schools. High-quality, diverse school experiences are essential to an effective teacher preparation program. While every effort will be made to minimize travel time to schools, students should be aware that some travel may be required to participate in these experiences.


Prerequisites & Requirements

Students must have 36 hours of specific course work to apply for this online degree program.  If you haven't earned your hours yet, you can do so at any of our Palmetto College campuses statewide, or at any South Carolina technical college. To find out if you're qualified to apply for this program, please contact a Palmetto College advisor.

Total requirements to complete this degree: 120-126 hours
Major requirements available online: 62 hours
GPA: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale with a 2.75 needed before progression into upper level courses


Program Length

If you’re a full-time student, the program will take three years—two years of coursework plus a yearlong internship. Talk to an advisor about how to balance Palmetto College classes with your schedule.



This program is fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


Important Dates

Semester Application Deadline  Missing Documents Final Registration  Tuition Deadline Class Start
Spring 2018 November 1, 2017 December 1, 2017 January 16, 2018 January 10, 2018 January 16, 2018
Summer 2018 No Summer Start No Summer Start No Summer Start No Summer Start No Summer Start
Fall 2018 July 1, 2018 August 1, 2018 August 23, 2018 TBD August 23, 2018


Ready to get started?

Call, chat, or email us today! Our trained advisors can create a plan that takes into account your earned credits and your unique circumstances.

If you've already talked to a Palmetto College advisor, just follow the application instructions for this degree.