Adult Degree Program

Elementary Education Degree

Elementary Education Degree

Do you dream of having your own elementary school classroom?

George Fox University offers part-time bachelor's degree completion programs for adults in Portland and Redmond, Oregon.

Our elementary education program offers initial licensure with authorization in early childhood and elementary education.

Designed for the Working Adult

Our degree-completion program is designed 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.

Become a teacher without neglecting your responsibilities.

Hybrid Online Classes

Many classes are offered in a hybrid format, combining online and face-to-face formats.

Become a teacher in a program that fits your schedule.

Experienced Faculty

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.

Extensive Field Experience

Field experiences play a critical role in becoming a teacher.

During each semester candidates develop knowledge, skills, and disposition in a variety of settings, including elementary schools who partner with the program to provide quality student-teaching experiences.

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

Cohort Model

Students are a part of a small, supportive cohort consisting 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.


Emerging classroom technologies can be used to facilitate powerful learning in the classroom. The undergraduate program not only infuses and models classroom technology, but offers competitive technology mini-grants to fund students who are inspired to explore innovative projects in technology during their student-teaching.

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.

Admission Information

Lizzy Riese Lizzy Riese
Elementary Education Program Coordinator

Phone: 503-554-2883

Katy Turpen Katy Turpen
Program Director and Assistant Professor


Elementary Education

Program length 20 months
Credit hours 62-72
Cost per credit hour $540* (financial aid available)
Tuition cost for entire program $33,480-$38,880*
Accreditation National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Format In-person with online component, full time
Location Portland and Redmond, Oregon

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

I am so happy to partner with George Fox in supporting the growth of one of my staff members as she earns her degree in elementary education. She is a wonderful role model for our bilingual students and community, and makes our school a better place for it. She is learning so much about teaching at George Fox. It is rewarding to see her hard work paying off in the classroom!”

Scott Murphy, principal, Edwards Elementary, Newberg (Oregon) School District

George Fox has provided a program that is helping transform me into a teacher by giving me the tools to understand the basic building blocks of teaching and how to put them into practice. In the process, my professors have gone out of their way to get to know me and each of my cohort members for the people we are. They have taken the time to talk to us, celebrate our successes in and out of the classroom, and support us.”

Kasey Sumearll, student teacher, Sage Elementary, Redmond (Oregon) School District