Common Career Paths

  • Elementary teacher
  • Principal
  • Preschool teacher
  • Superintendent
  • ESOL teacher
  • Educational specialist / support personnel
  • Instructional coach
George Fox's elementary education major prepares future teachers for the classroom.

Do you dream about mentoring young people and making an impact on the next generation? Then a career in elementary education could be exactly what you’re looking for.

Our elementary education majors go on to work in elementary and early-childhood programs throughout Oregon and the rest of the country. A bachelor’s degree in elementary education also prepares you for a career of influence. Many of us remember our elementary school teachers and can appreciate the impact they had on our lives. For this reason, few careers offer such rewarding life experiences.

Many universities only offer a graduate-level fifth-year program in elementary education. At George Fox, you can achieve initial licensure for elementary education – at the early childhood and elementary levels – by completing our four-year program and passing the required tests. Course work and training for the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement is also embedded to add to your qualifications and teaching license. This endorsement is highly sought after in school districts across the country and will greatly increase your employment prospects.

What further distinguishes our program is the fact we offer a Christian college environment that encourages not only academic – but spiritual – growth.

Request information about the elementary education major at George Fox University or apply now to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

Jobs and Graduate School

Elementary education majors get teaching experience at a Christian college ranked high on the West Coast.

Job Outlook

Job prospects are best for teachers in high demand fields such as math, science and bilingual education, and in less desirable urban and rural areas. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment for elementary school teachers is expected to grow by 12 percent through 2022, with a significant number of jobs becoming available as older teachers move into retirement.

  • Teacher, Mabel Rush Elementary, Newberg, Ore.
  • Teacher, Memorial Elementary, McMinnville, Ore.
  • Principal, Linus Pauling Middle School, Corvallis, Ore.
  • Teacher, Lincoln Elementary, Woodburn, Ore.
  • Teacher, Harrisburg Elementary, Harrisburg, Wash.
  • Teacher, Newby Elementary, McMinnville, Ore.
  • Teachers in districts throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii and across the U.S.
  • Elementary and missions teachers in China, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Austria, Swaziland and other countries around the world
  • Baylor University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • George Fox University
  • Portland State University
  • Western Oregon University
  • University of Colorado, Denver
  • Salem School District
  • Woodburn School District
  • Newberg School District
  • Yamhill-Carlton School District
  • Sherwood School District
  • Portland School District
  • McMinnville School District
  • Tigard-Tualatin School District
  • Tillamook School District

Points of Distinction

  • ESOL coursework embedded within the four-year elementary education program to better meet the needs of all students and improve your standing in the job market.
  • Opportunity to gain field experience by engaging in after-school program at local elementary school.
  • Build close relationships as part of a cohort that includes 20 students or fewer.
  • Develop a strong foundation in general education subjects: literature, history, science and the arts.
  • Receive placement as a student teacher in a co-teaching environment (last two semesters).

Why George Fox?

  • Christ-centered community
    Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.
  • Global opportunities
    Nearly half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad. That ranks in the top 60 out of 1,800 American colleges!
  • Small classes
    Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you’ll get to know your professors on a personal level.
  • National recognition
    George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.
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Elementary Education Student Experiences

Patrick Shuckerow ('06)

"Years after graduating, I still feel a strong connection and support from the George Fox faculty. They were always accessible and approachable, helpful and supportive, and pushed me to be the best teacher I could be. What impresses me most is that didn’t stop once I graduated and entered the teaching profession. Their dedication and passion is unmistakable, and it is clear that they measure their success by the success of their students."

- Patrick Shuckerow ('06)

Emily Wilhite ('11)

"George Fox University thoroughly prepared me to be a teacher. I was able to find a job immediately teaching fifth grade in Central Oregon. The preparation that I received has helped me feel confident and knowledgeable during my first year as a teacher and beyond. I feel very fortunate for the great experience that I had at George Fox."

- Emily Wilhite ('11)