Best Online Bachelor’s in Elementary Education

Find top-ranked online bachelor’s in elementary education degree programs to help students gain insight into childhood psychology, the stages of development, curriculum design, and assessment guidelines.

Best Online Bachelor’s in Elementary Education

Frequently Asked Questions About Elementary Education Degrees

If you have a desire to shape young minds, nurture budding talent, and oversee your own classroom, consider a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

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Students who pursue a bachelor’s degree in elementary education will gain insight into childhood psychology, the stages of development, curriculum design, and assessment guidelines. Most elementary education degree programs will also provide preparation for state teacher exams.

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Completing a bachelor’s degree in elementary education takes an average of four years. In most cases, you’ll be able to earn most or all of your 120 credits either in person or through online courses.

It may also be possible to complete your bachelor’s degree at an accelerated pace through certain programs. For those who have already earned an associate degree it may be possible to enter into an accelerated degree completion program in order to earn your bachelor’s degree.

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Best Online Bachelor's in Elementary Education Degree Programs

How do we determine the best online elementary education bachelor's degree programs?

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Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Best Online Bachelor’s in Elementary Education Degree Programs

  1. #1

    University of South Carolina

    #281 institution's historical influence
    #1388 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    68%

    Graduation

    78%

    Student body

    32K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1275/28

    Columbia, SC

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Elementary Educational Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  2. #2

    Old Dominion University

    #959 institution's historical influence
    #709 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1080/21

    Norfolk, VA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Elementary Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  3. #3

    East Carolina University

    #713 institution's historical influence
    #1186 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    24K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1115/22

    Greenville, NC

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Elementary Education (K-6)
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    Liberty University

    #1070 institution's historical influence
    #116 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    75K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/24

    Lynchburg, VA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Elementary Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    BEd in Elementary Education

    Concentrations

    • Middle Grades English
    • Middle Grades Mathematics
    • Middle Grades Science
    • Middle Grades Social Science
    • Special Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
  5. #5

    Wichita State University

    #929 institution's historical influence
    #407 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    12K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/23

    Wichita, KS

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Education- Early Childhood United/Elementary Education Apprentice
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  6. #6

    Nova Southeastern University

    #983 institution's historical influence
    #678 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1175/24

    Fort Lauderdale, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Elementary Education ESOL/Reading
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    Appalachian State University

    #1281 institution's historical influence
    #1467 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1185/25

    Boone, NC

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Elementary Education
    • Required Credits: 70
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  8. #8

    Campbell University

    #1750 institution's historical influence
    #486 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/22

    Buies Creek, NC

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Elementary Education (K-6)
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  9. #9

    University of Southern Mississippi

    #1126 institution's historical influence
    #825 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    13K

    Hattiesburg, MS

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Elementary Education

    Concentrations

    • Teacher Assistant
    • Required Credits: 121
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  10. #10

    Mississippi University for Women

    #1908 institution's historical influence
    #445 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    99%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1080/21

    Columbus, MS

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Elementary Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  11. #11

    St. Petersburg College

    #2896 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    33%

    Student body

    19K

    Clearwater, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Elementary Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  12. #12

    Bay Path University

    #3817 institution's historical influence
    #264 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $36K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1065/22

    Longmeadow, MA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Elementary Education
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  13. #13

    Saint Leo University

    #3000 institution's historical influence
    #291 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    10K

    Saint Leo, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Elementary Education Grades K-6
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  14. #14

    National University

    #1863 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    23K

    La Jolla, CA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Elementary Education

    Concentrations

    • Nevada Elementary Licensure
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion time: 4.5-5.5 years
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    Granite State College

    #5396 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    15%

    Student body

    1K

    Concord, NH

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    Online Degrees

    BA in English Language Arts Teacher Certification

    Concentrations

    • Early Childhood Education And Early Childhood Special Education
    • Elementary Education And General Special Ed
    • General Special Ed
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in Math Studies Teacher Certification

    Concentrations

    • Elementary Ed And General Special Ed
    • General Special Ed
    • Mathematics Middle Level
    • Mathematics Middle Level And General Special Ed
    • Mathematics Upper Level
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in Social Studies Teacher Certification

    Concentrations

    • Elementary Education And General Special Ed
    • General Special Ed
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    Brenau University

    #3773 institution's historical influence
    #489 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $32K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    41%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1030/20

    Gainesville, GA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Elementary Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  17. #17

    Wilmington University

    #2943 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Graduation

    21%

    Student body

    11K

    New Castle, DE

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Education

    Concentrations

    • Elementary Education K-6
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    Bluefield State College

    #3702 institution's historical influence
    #1150 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    90%

    Graduation

    32%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    880/18

    Bluefield, WV

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Elementary Education

    Concentrations

    • Middle Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  19. #19

    University of the Cumberlands

    #3511 institution's historical influence
    #580 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    40%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1035/21

    Williamsburg, KY

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Elementary Education

    Concentrations

    • English/Communications
    • Interdisciplinary
    • Social and Behavioral Studies
    • Special Education*
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  20. #20

    Oklahoma State University–Stillwater

    #906 institution's historical influence
    #1380 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    21K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1170/25

    Stillwater, OK

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Elementary Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  21. #21

    University of West Alabama

    #4788 institution's historical influence
    #1165 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    93%

    Graduation

    40%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    940/20

    Livingston, AL

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Special Education: Collaborative Teacher, K-6/6-12
    • Required Credits: 128
    • Completion time: 3-4 years
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    Chadron State College

    #3657 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    42%

    Student body

    2K

    Chadron, NE

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Education

    Concentrations

    • Special Education (K-12)
    • Required Credits: 128
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Chaminade University of Honolulu

    #3036 institution's historical influence
    #872 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $27K

    Acceptance

    89%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1065/21

    Honolulu, HI

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Elementary Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in Elementary Education For Oceania
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  24. #24

    Midway University

    #4205 institution's historical influence
    #933 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1045/21

    Midway, KY

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Elementary Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  25. #25

    George Fox University

    #2573 institution's historical influence
    #976 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $38K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/23

    Newberg, OR

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Elementary Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online

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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require a time of adjustment. Although you’ll typically learn the same material and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, going online will require greater independence and responsibility than going in person. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, for harnessing the online educational technology that you’ll need to use, and for completing the course requirements, such as listening to lectures, learning lessons, reading texts, and handing in assignments. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take the initiative in building relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier than campus-based education is ease of access: all you need is a computer and an internet connection for online education. But even this seeming advantage of online education can be misleading: what’s easier, studying online with your computer and internet connection from your home where you need to cook, clean, pay rent, and maintain a job? Or studying on campus in a dorm where all your living needs are handled by the school, and college staff are there to help you every step of the way?

If you take the commute to campus out of the equation, campus-based education is easier. All the support structures available on campus for students, especially with real people to help you in person, are not there online. The demands on you as an online student will largely be the same as for your campus-based counterpart, but without the same helps.

In general, your online courses will present the same material and test you in the same way as traditional in-person courses. In many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning with remote educational technology for the first time, online college may be considerably more challenging than campus-based college. For a few insights on how to manage this new online experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable non-profit institutions on the one end and less-than-reputable for-profit institutions on the other end. Accreditation gives you the power to identify the more reputable actors in online education. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency indicating that a college or university is meeting standards of quality and credibility. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university that is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. For students seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that they opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree. For more on this important topic, check out our What is Accreditation and Why Does It Matter? College & University Accreditation Guide.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited (see the previous point), you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer of credits. In many cases, you will encounter some bureaucratic haggling in which some of your credits will be transferred and others may be refused. However, provided that you have attended an online school with recognized regional accreditation, you should be in good shape in transferring your credits earned online.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript, or resumé differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

Some employers may express the concern that because you did your degree online, you may need to transition from an online education experience to in-person workplace experience. But in an age of Covid, that concern seems much diminished. The fact is that much employment these days is remote. And collaboration increasingly happens online over Zoom. Many employers will therefore view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will be less than ideal for you (though depending on your circumstances, it may also be the only viable option).

While there is much in traditional campus-based education that can be substituted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing that can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual in-person classroom setting. As you transition to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face in getting the most out of your online classes is overcoming this difference between “real reality” and “virtual reality.” Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. Above all, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete at your own pace and on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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