Elementary Education: Traditional Program

Becoming an elementary education teacher

Elementary education bachelor's degree at George Fox University

The elementary education major offers a 60-semester-hour course of study that is designed for the preparation of elementary school teachers with authorizations at the early childhood (age 3 years to grade 4) and elementary (grades 3-8) levels and an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) endorsement.

Year 1

  • General Education Courses
  • MATH 211 Foundations of Elementary Mathematics I - Spring

Year 2

  • EDUC 260 Teaching, Schooling and Learning
  • Take National Exam Series – Essential Academic Skills exam: Reading, Writing, Math. $100 to take all at once; $50 per exam to take or retake a subsection.
  • Apply to Teacher Education
  • Fingerprinting $59 to TSPC and approximately $15 for fingerprinting services.
    1. Enrollment in EDUC 260 Teaching, Schooling and Learning (with clinical practicum experience) is the student's initial step in the Teacher Education Program; it should be taken no later than spring semester of the sophomore year.
      • Fingerprinting must be complete prior to starting clinical practice (observation).
      • The Teacher Education PROGRAM MANUAL is a required text. Students are responsible to satisfy the conditions specified in the PROGRAM MANUAL (edition current at the time EDUC 260 is taken.)
    2. Applicants for admission to the Teacher Education Program must have passing scores on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or an approved alternative.
    3. * Applicants for admission to Teacher Education must complete the application form, including three recommendations. One (1) from a George Fox faculty member, one (1) from an employer and one (1) from someone who has seen you teach or work with children. (forms provided)
    4. * Applicants for admission to Teacher Education will have their grade point average reviewed by the Registrar to verify a minimum of 2.75 GPA. Any transfer credits will be included in the GPA calculation.

Year 3

  • Take courses in:
    1. Curriculum Planning & Implementation
    2. Teaching Methods
  • An Ipad (2 or higher) is required for EDUC 371 through the end of the program.
  • Take ORELA Protecting Student Civil Rights in the Educational Environment exam.
  • Complete clinical practicum.
  • Apply for full-time student teaching
  • Elementary education candidates take the NES Elementary Education Subtests l & ll and music education candidates take NES Music Subject test.
  • Elementary education candidates take NES ESOL subject test for ESOL Endorsement

Year 4

  • Complete full-time student teaching (EDUC 475)
  • Senior Seminar EDUC 490
  • Complete all General Education as needed

Optional: Middle-Level Authorization (7 hours)

Students may add the middle-level authorization (grades 5-9) to the elementary/early childhood authorization if they meet the testing/course work requirements in a content area, take the required courses and complete additional student teaching at the middle level.

Transfer Students in Elementary Education

  • Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the teacher education program. This application must be directed to the Teacher Education Department when the student is in his/her first professional course, usually during the first semester at the university.
  • Any student transferring to George Fox University must meet the same requirements for admission as those who have entered the university as incoming freshman.*
  • A minimum of 30 semester hours must be completed at George Fox University for the elementary teaching major.

Elementary education majors, who are transfers, must complete the following courses at George Fox University:

  • EDUC 260 Teaching Schooling and Learning
  • EDUC 324 Trends and Methods in Early Childhood
  • EDUC 346 The Inclusive Classroom in a Diverse Society
  • EDUC 343 Adventures in Math and Science 1
  • EDUC 344 Adventures in Math and Science 2
  • EDUC 354 Pedagogy of Health, PE, the Arts
  • EDUC 371 Curriculum Design with ESOL
  • EDUC 375 Practicum 1
  • EDUC 381 Classroom Management for All Learners
  • EDUC 413 Reading and Writing Methods
  • EDUC 414 Reading & Writing w/ the Common Core Subjects
  • EDUC 461 Applied Linguistics/Second Language Acquisition
  • EDUC 475 Practicum 2
  • EDUC 480 Classroom Assessment: Assessing & Planning for All Learners
  • EDUC 490 Senior Seminar

*For Admission:

  • Pass CBEST, (California Basic Education Skills Test)
  • Maintain GPA of 2.75 or better on courses transferred combined with courses taken at GFU
  • Applicants for admission to Teacher Education must complete the application form, including three recommendations. One (1) from a George Fox faculty member, one (1) from an employer and one (1) from someone who has seen you teach or work with children. (forms provided)


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