School of Education Programs

The degree completion teacher education program at George Fox University is designed to prepare teachers for careers in public and private schools through a curriculum that builds on a broad foundation in Christian liberal arts education through specialization in elementary education with methods, clinical studies in teaching, and learning theory. Teacher education and licensure in Oregon operates under the approved program approach. Teaching licenses are issued to qualified applicants who have completed a teacher education program approved by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC), and who are able to satisfy other state requirements in effect at the time they complete graduation requirements and apply for a teaching license.

George Fox University is approved by the TSPC to offer initial licensure for early childhood and elementary education.

Admission to Teacher Education

Applicants seeking admission to the Elementary Education degree-completion program require a minimum of 31 semester hours of transferable college credit from accredited institutions or approved military education. It is desirable for applicants to apply to the program with as much general education credit completed as possible. Admission to the program is based upon attainment of a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better on all college-level courses, including transfer credits. In addition, applicants must complete the following to be considered for admission to the program:

  • Elementary Education Degree Completion application and application fee
  • Submit one official transcript from each college/university attended.
  • Three letters of reference (forms provided in the application material)
Students must also complete all prerequisite (pre-cohort) coursework and be admitted to the program before entering the cohort. Applicants seeking to meet TSPC licensure or endorsement requirements upon completion of the program must also complete the Teachers Standards and Practices Character Questionnaire.

Other Degree Requirements

Continuation in teacher education is based on academic achievement and satisfactory evidence of characteristics needed for successful performance in the teaching profession. Students admitted to the programs are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better on all college-level classes, including transfer credits; attain grades of C- or better on all teaching major and professional education classes; and receive satisfactory evaluations of performance in field experiences. Admitted degree completion elementary education students are subject to the policies contained in the Teacher Education Guidelines that students receive upon admission to the program.


More information about programs and faculty of the School of Education can be found on the Adult Degree Program page.

Degree Completion Course Descriptions