Elementary Education: Traditional Program

Becoming an elementary education teacher

Elementary education bachelor's degree at George Fox University

The elementary education major offers a 62-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.

Year 1

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

Year 2

  • EDUC 240 Perspectives in Education
  • Take California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) $41 registration fee, additional $20 if late
  • Apply to Teacher Education
  • Fingerprinting $62 to TSPC and approximately $15 for fingerprinting services
    1. Enrollment in EDUC 240 Perspectives in Education (with a field 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 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 240 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
  • Complete field experiences
  • Complete part-time student teaching (EDUC 375)
  • Apply for full-time student teaching
  • Elementary education candidates take the Oregon Educator Licensure Assessments test (ORELA) and Music education candidates take Music Praxis exam.

Year 4

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

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 240 Perspectives in Education
  • EDUC 313 Math Methods
  • EDUC 370 Curriculum & Instruction
  • EDUC 375 Student Teaching I & Classroom Management
  • EDUC 380 Social Studies Methods
  • EDUC 383 Science Methods
  • EDUC 401 Language Art & Children's Literature
  • EDUC 402 Literacy Methods
  • EDUC 475 Student Teaching II
  • 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)


Prospective students can get info about our elementary education major on our undergraduate admissions site.

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