Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get into the degree completion elementary education program?

How do students pay for this program?

College is always an investment, but it is important to note that the Adult Degree Program is offered at a discounted rate   at approximately half the cost per credit of our traditional undergraduate programs.

ADP students typically pay for tuition through loans, external grants, and scholarships. Details about filing the FAFSA and finding loans can be found on the  Financial Aid page for adult degree students. Once admitted, your financial aid counselor will be a great resource for navigating the financial aid process. 

What about scholarships or grants?

We recommend that students start looking for external scholarships to help pay for tuition as early as possible. Our financial aid office offers a  Scholarship Resource Center, with access to workshops, podcasts about finding scholarships, and personalized consultations with the Scholarship Resource coordinator.  

Below are some of the scholarships we especially encourage students to apply for:

  • Oregon's Office of Student Aid and Completion (OSAC) has a blanket scholarship application that will put you in the running for more than 600 Oregon scholarships. The application opens November 1 each year, with an "early bird" deadline of February 15. The final deadline to apply is March 1. 
  • The Ford Family Foundation - Several scholarships offered through this organization cover up to 90 percent of tuition and school-related fees. The deadline for all Ford scholarships is March 1 every year. 
  • Oregon Teacher Scholars Program - This is a scholarship for linguistically or ethnically diverse teacher candidates in Oregon. This renewable award covers $5,000 per year. The application can be submitted through  OSAC.
  • Oregon Latino Scholarship Program - For Latinx students in Oregon

What if I am a DACA student and do not qualify for government financial aid?

Several DACA students have successfully enrolled in and graduated from our program. We recommend looking into the following state and national scholarships which are open to DREAMers:

How can I work, go to school, and still have time for my family?

George Fox has designed the degree completion program to accommodate the schedules of working adults. You’ll have approximately 15 to 18 hours of homework each week in addition to your one evening class per week and one Saturday per month. With organization and planning, the program is manageable.

Will I be required to set up my own student-teaching placement?

No. 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, and we have a great placement director who will make sure you have a placement that will meet all the licensing requirements.

I am working as an instructional assistant and may want to enter the program. May I do my student teaching in the school where I am currently employed?

Traditionally, we have not allowed students to do student teaching in the facility where they volunteer or are employed as assistants. Established relationships may be a help; they also may be a hindrance. Since student teaching is an important piece of the licensure process, we have found that it is generally more effective for everyone to be on the same playing field. In addition, placement in a new environment provides students with a larger perspective and a new network of acquaintances, all of which add to the value of their education.

I’ve heard that George Fox is a Christian university. What part does religion play in the program?

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 coursework, students will be asked to reflect upon their beliefs and worldview and how those affect their philosophy of teaching.

What is the process for admissions?

  • Submit your application and all supplemental materials. The checklist is included in the application.
  • A student needs to have a minimum of 60-74 semester hours of transferable credit, most of which should be in general education. Once all of the paperwork is complete, the admissions committee reviews your file. If you meet the basic criteria, you will be invited to a group assessment interview. Once this step is completed, you will be notified as to the status of your acceptance to the major.

Who should complete recommendation forms for me?

Ideally, your recommendations will come from individuals who have seen you in the classroom interacting with children. Other options would include individuals who have observed you interacting with children in settings such as Sunday School, camps, or sports. You may ask a college professor, mentor, or employer as well. Feel free to contact your admissions counselor to review your options.