Elementary Education Degree Completion

Elementary Education (BS)

Adult Bachelor's Degree Completion Program

At A Glance

16-20 months Program length
$499* Cost per credit hour
60-72 Credit hours


Full-time; Virtual or hybrid (in person with online component)


Virtual, Portland or Redmond, Oregon



Tuition cost for entire program


* All stated financial information is subject to change. Financial aid available.

Ready to Have Your Own Elementary School Classroom?

You can become an elementary school teacher through George Fox University's flexible part-time bachelor's degree completion program one night a week and one Saturday a month.

Program graduates earn initial Oregon teaching licensure with authorization in early childhood and elementary education.

Already have a bachelor’s degree? Check out our Master of Arts in Teaching program

Watch video: Become a Teacher in 16-20 Months

Attend Virtually or In Person

Choose what works best for your location and learning style:


Virtual Learning

In the virtual format, classes are taught via Zoom to allow students and professors to interact in real time from anywhere in the world. If you’re in this virtual format you never need to come to a physical campus.

In this format you have the option to complete an accelerated program in 16 months* (program starts in January) or standard 20 months (program starts in August).

Whichever program length you choose, you'll complete the same number of core credits.

*To be eligible for the 16-month option, 12 credits of elementary education major course work must be completed before starting the program. For more information, contact admissions counselor Lizzy Riese or check out our transfer credit guides.

In Person (Hybrid) Learning

If you prefer to attend class in person, our hybrid format offers the best of both worlds. Students attend classes in Portland or Redmond, Oregon, but also engage with each other and their professors online.

The hybrid format has a program length of 20 months with a start date in August each year, and students complete the same number of credits as those in the virtual format.

Become a teacher in a program that fits your life.

Female student teacher listens to young student

Designed for the Working Adult

Go to school with a schedule that works with your life. Attend class one evening per week and one Saturday per month with approximately 15 to 18 hours of homework each week.

With organization and planning, students can stay on top of their school work and continue to work while in the program, except while student-teaching.

Become a teacher without neglecting your responsibilities

Teacher and student teacher teach a room of kids

Streamlined Student-Teaching

Getting experience in a real classroom is a critical component of becoming a teacher.

George Fox has streamlined this experience into one semester (15 weeks), which is much shorter than many of our competitors. This means that teacher candidates meet all licensing requirements with minimal impacts to their jobs and families.

Our student teaching placement director will work with you to ensure you have a placement that will meet all your licensing requirements. Although you will have some influence on where you are placed for student teaching, we ask that you do not arrange your student teaching assignment. It is a very complex process, so rely on us to help you through it!

Become a teacher of real kids in real classrooms and communities.

Student teacher helps student learn to read

Be a Part of a Supportive Community

You will be a part of a small, supportive cohort of no more than 20 people. Your major classes will be completed with the same group of students – colleagues who will motivate you and provide continual support.

Become a teacher through close community, teamwork and support.

School teacher helps student teacher with course work

Taught by Experienced Teachers

All undergraduate faculty are experienced PreK-12 teachers who have gone on to become leaders in teacher education. Our faculty continuously develop curriculum and instruction strategies in which classroom practices are modeled and reinforced, providing a continuously evolving program that is relevant now and in the future.

Become a teacher alongside those who live the teaching life.

Student teacher assists student use a smartboard

Teaching with Technology

As the classroom experience continues to be informed by technology, we prioritize equipping our graduates with a rich knowledge of how to integrate technology in their classrooms. Students will gain experience understanding how to strategize teaching in a virtual versus face-to-face environment. We familiarize our students with education apps like Pear Deck, Padlet, Weebly, Kahoot, and Flipgrid because we know that engaging K-12 kids in any format will continue to be important.

Become a teacher in the digital world.

Integrity and Values

We believe that becoming a teacher is about more than simply acquiring the skills and knowledge to teach. We view becoming a teacher as a journey of transformation, radically changing the mental and spiritual facets of ourselves.

The elementary education faculty and staff strive to walk beside each candidate in this transforming journey, providing support, pointing the way – and sometimes asking the hard questions that can catalyze critical moments of growth. Faculty and staff strive to guide candidates in Jesus’ spirit of gentleness and persistence.

Our program offers a unique, refreshing and distinctive environment. On one hand, students are not required to be from any particular faith. On the other hand, everyone on the George Fox staff and faculty is a Christian, committed to treating each individual with dignity and respect, but also free to offer Christian perspectives.

There is no discrimination for religious belief or lack of it; instead, there is freedom to explore and converse. Throughout their course work, students will be asked to reflect upon their beliefs and worldview and how those affect their philosophy of teaching.

Become a teacher dedicated to personal growth.

Degree completion student engaged with elementary student

What Will I Study?

  • Theoretical and practical teaching concepts which can be directly applied to classrooms
  • ESOL teaching strategies that meet the needs of all learners
  • Field experiences that help develop teaching strategies prior to student teaching
  • Cutting-edge technology to support educational goals
  • A curriculum that focuses on the “whole child” within education

In addition, what you study will be informed and shaped by your cohort - a supportive community of your peers who also desire to influence change one classroom at a time.

View Major Courses
Portrait of Cassidy Morgan

Cassidy Morgan

Class of 2021

I work full time, and I am a wife and mother. My life can be busy, but George Fox sees that and helps me pursue my dream of becoming a teacher. Before I enrolled, deep down I didn’t think becoming a teacher was possible, but I have gained enough education and confidence to believe that, not only will I become a teacher, I will be a great one!


Lizzy Riese

Lizzy Riese

Admissions Counselor, Elementary Education Degree Completion