Online Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

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Application Deadline: July 22, 2024

Fall 1 2024 classes start on August 26, 2024

Inspire the Next Generation of Students

Become an exceptional educator with the online Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from LSUA! Our program cultivates proactive teachers with the expertise, abilities, and attitudes needed to foster the growth and development of Louisiana students in grades 1 through 5. The curriculum focuses on hands-on experience, ensuring teachers acquire the skills to thrive in various elementary classroom environments. This CAEP-accredited degree prepares graduates to excel in their teaching careers while providing a foundation for pursuing advanced education. 

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Career Opportunities

Since there is a strong demand for teachers, graduates of our program find employment opportunities across Louisiana in fulfilling careers in elementary education, early childhood education, and health and physical education.

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Teacher Certification

After completing the program, graduates will attain certification as elementary education teachers in Louisiana.

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Flexible Format

This online program offers flexibility and convenience that is ideal for balancing work, school, and other commitments.

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Scholarship Opportunities

Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for scholarship opportunities.

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As passionate advocates for education and proud members of LSUA's faculty, we are excited to guide you through our cutting-edge online elementary certification program. Here, you'll not only acquire vital knowledge and skills but also experience a supportive community that encourages innovation and celebrates diversity. Together, we will embark on a journey where you'll not only become an exceptional educator but also inspire and empower young minds to reach their full potential.

Tina Hathorn
Assistant Professor

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Total credit hours per program: 120 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $325

Total cost with fees and maximum amount of credits allowed to transfer into the program: $9,750

Total cost with fees: $39,000

The final cost of this program will be determined once all transfer credits are evaluated. Transfer credits may apply for up to 75% of degree requirements. Your academic advisor will work with you to determine if and how any prior college credits earned will apply toward your LSUA degree. For further information about the approval for transfer credits and other requirements, please visit this site.

LSU Online offers financial aid to those who qualify.

*Please note: All students must purchase a $139 membership to LiveText before taking any courses that require observation hours. This is usually after obtaining 50+ credit hours. Students who are not employed at a school system must also purchase yearly renewable observers insurance, which may cost between $20-$50 depending on student choice of enrollment, once taking courses that require observation hours. 

The total cost above does not include transfer credit or financial aid. Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Fee schedules may vary by program depending on course-specific fees for proctoring and/or books. Please contact a Student Success Coach for more information.

Course Listing

General Education  Credit Hours
ENGL 1001 English Composition I  3
ENGL 1002 English Composition II  3
POLI 2051 American Government  3
PSYC 2060 Educational Psychology  3
MATH 1021 College Algebra  3
MATH 1029 Contemporary Mathematics OR MATH 1313 Finite Mathematics  3
BIOL 1001 General Biology I  3
BIOL 1002 General Biology II  3
BIOL 1003 General Biology Laboratory I  1
BIOL 1004 General Biology Laboratory II  1
PHSC 1003 Physical Science Laboratory  1
CMST 1061 Communication Fundamentals  3
HIST 2055 American History I  3
HIST 2057 American History II  3
FIAR 1003 Interdisciplinary Survey of the Arts  3
Total Required Credit Hours 39


Major Requirements  Credit Hours
EDCI 2700 Characteristics of Exceptional Students  3
EDCI 2900 Teaching Computer Literacy in the Elementary and Secondary Schools  3
EDCI 3000 Children’s Literature  3
EDCI 3020 Assessment and Use of Data  3
EDCI 3125 Materials and Methods in Elementary Science  3
EDCI 3127 Materials and Methods in Elementary Social Science  3
EDCI 3200 Materials and Methods in Teaching Elementary Reading  3
EDCI 3400 Content, Methods, and Materials for Elementary (1-5) Mathematics I  3
EDCI 3500 Materials and Methods in Teaching Elementary Language Arts  3
EDCI 4100 Assessing and Guiding Classroom Reading Instruction   3
EDCI 4200 Reading in the Content Area  3
EDCI 4020 Teaching Students with Dyslexia 3
EDCI 4300 Assessing and Guiding Classroom Mathematics Instruction  3
EDCI 4400 Content, Methods, and Materials for Elementary Mathematics II  3
EDCI 4900 Residency in Elementary Grades, 1-5  9
Total Required Credit Hours 51


Additional Requirements  Credit Hours
ENGL Electives  6*
HIST 3071 Louisiana History  3
KINS 2600 Methods and Materials in Health & Physical Education for the Elementary School  3
MATH 1201 Number Sense and Open-Ended Problem Solving  3
MATH 1202 Geometry, Reasoning, and Measurement  3
PHSC 1001 Physical Science I  3
PHSC 1002 Physical Science II  3
PYSC 2076 Child Psychology  3
GEOG 1001 World Regional Geography  3
Total Required Credit Hours 30

*Students may be required to take ENGL 2010 (English Grammar) as part of this six-hour requirement; if they are not, they may choose two 2000 or higher-level literature-based courses.

**To be selected from ECED courses, SPED courses, EDCI 3800, EDCI 4010, ENGL 4710, CMST 3118, PSYC 4060, PSYC 4083, or course with advisor’s permission 

Admission Requirements

For university acceptance, first-time freshman must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete high school Core curriculum for college readiness in place at time of high school graduation
  • Not be required to take more than one developmental course
  • Have a high school grade point average of at least 2.0
  • Meet one of the following:
    • Have an ACT composite of 20 or higher
    • Have a high school Core grade point average of at least 2.0

Transfer students to LSUA must meet one of the following sets of criteria: 

  • Have earned a transferable associate degree or higher
  • Have earned at least 18 hours of college-level credit, including a college-level English and college-level mathematics course, with a grade of “C” or higher in each, and an overall GPA of at least 2.0
  • Have earned at least 12 hours of college-level credit from LSUE or CLTCC Bridge Program, including a college-level English and college-level mathematics course, with a grade of “C” or higher in each, and an overall GPA of at least 2.0.
  • If the above are not met, meet freshman admission requirements and be in good standing with their previous institution  

Education majors complete a prescribed curriculum during their freshman and sophomore semesters. In order to enroll in 3000/4000 level professional education courses, majors must be formally admitted to the teacher education program.

To be admitted to the teacher education program, candidates must

  1. complete at least 69 hours of degree credit;
  2. achieve a grade point average of at least 2.5; 
  3. earn credit (with a “C” or higher) for EDCI 2700, EDCI 2900, KINS 2600, ENGL 1001, ENGL 1002, KINS 2600, MATH 1029 or MATH 1313, MATH 1201, MATH 1202, PHSC 1001, PSYC 2060, and PSYC 2076;
  4. complete admission application and submit to LSUA School of Education;
  5. complete background check with Louisiana parish in which grades 1-5 school observation and participation requirements will be met; and
  6. receive Department of Education faculty approval of completed application for entry into LSUA’s Professional Teacher Education Program.

Requirements for Residency (EDCI 4900)

To be officially admitted to residency, students must meet the following criteria:

1. attain senior standing with an overall grade point average of at least 2.7; (3.0 starting in Fall 19);

2. pass PRAXIS II

    • Elementary Education Content Knowledge 5001
      • Content Subtest Reading 5002;
      • Content Subtest MATH 5003;
      • Content Subtest Social Studies 5004;
      • Content Subtest Science 5005.
    • Principles of Learning and Teaching (K-6) 5622
    • Teaching Reading 5205


    • Elementary Education Content Knowledge 7001
      • Subtest Reading 7002
      • Subtest Math 7003
      • Subtest Social Studies 7004
      • Subtest Science 7005
    • Principals of Learning and Teaching K-6 5622

Note: Teaching Reading 5205 is not required with the 7000 series. 

3. complete all coursework (with a grade of “C” or higher in all professional courses) and complete all requirements.

4. complete at least 2 days a week/150 FEX hours in a Louisiana field placement school. 

Career Opportunities

  • Elementary education teacher (grades 1-5)
  • Early childhood teacher with additional PRAXIS
  • Health and physical education teacher with additional PRAXIS
  • Curriculum coordinator
  • Principal with additional degree and PRAXIS
  • Librarian with additional degree 


The online Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). 

What Will I Learn?

The online Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education is designed to prepare proactive educators who possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to positively impact the growth and learning of all grade 1-5 students in Louisiana. The requirements of the curriculum are designed to prepare educators who will perform professionally and successfully in a variety of elementary settings in a world of continuous social and cultural change.

Learning Outcomes

  • Program completers will know the subject matter they are to teach.
  • Program completers will develop differentiated lessons that reflect learning-theory and research-based strategies.
  • Program completers will apply the basic principles of teaching and learning. 

Why choose the Online Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from LSUA?

Our program is designed for career readiness, so you're prepared for the diverse landscape of elementary education. After graduating, you can get certified as an elementary education teacher in Louisiana, unlocking fulfilling career prospects. The online format provides flexibility for juggling work or other commitments. Also, the supportive learning environment hones the crucial skills you'll need for a lasting career. 

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Take the first step forward by completing the form and our enrollment team will contact you soon to discuss:

  • Additional information on the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education online program
  • Financial aid options (employer funding, military benefits)
  • Receiving credit for past education (transfer, professional development)
  • The admissions process and timeline

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