Elementary Education Online


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Bachelor’s of Science + Initial Licensure in Elementary Education, Grades K – 6

Elementary education teachers are in demand in Iowa and across the nation.

The Online Elementary Education Bachelor’s Completion Program is designed for non-traditional students and working adults seeking a flexible path to becoming an elementary education teacher for grades K – 6. The program is 100% online with the exception of field experience and student teaching, which can be arranged in your local area.

Admissions Requirements and Cost

The Online Elementary Education Bachelor’s Completion Program at Morningside offers an opportunity to complete your teaching credentials in the state of Iowa in two to three years as you earn your bachelor’s degree.

If you already have a non-teaching bachelor’s degree and are interested in earning your initial teaching license, please apply to the Graduate Program in Education to pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching.

  • Cumulative college GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale from a regionally accredited institution
  • Associate degree or at least 60 credit hours of transferable credit
  • Resume
  • Three references
  • Essay
  • Official transcript analysis
  • Interview with the Morningside University Sharon Walker School of Education

  • State-approved program that leads to elementary education initial licensure for grades K-6
  • Online classes that allow you to continue working as you earn your bachelor’s degree
  • Classes offered all year – fall, spring, and summer
  • Students must complete 80 hours of field experience and one semester of student teaching
  • Complete your degree at your own pace and choose part-time or full-time enrollment
  • Up to 84 credits may be accepted upon transfer
  • Additional endorsements (ESL, reading, special education) are available at both the undergraduate and graduate level
  • Cost per credit hour (financial aid may be available)
    • August 1, 2022 through July 31, 2023: $415

Other Costs associated:

  • Textbooks
  • Initial Teaching License – $85
  • Background check for $75

The academic calendars for the online elementary education bachelor’s degree completion program can be found on our Academic Calendars page.

Questions? Contact Us

Kelly Chaney

Dean of the Sharon Walker School of Education

Amy Williams- Malenosky

Senior Associate Director of Admissions

Courses in Online Elementary Education Bachelor’s Completion Program

Prior to admission, all students will undergo a transcript analysis to ensure content requirements for elementary education licensure have been met as set forth by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. In some cases, students may need additional coursework to overcome identified deficiencies. Morningside University advisors work closely with students to develop a program of study that includes both required education courses and supplemental courses as needed.

EDTE 300: Adult Education and Initial Licensure

EDTE 302: Principles of Education

EDTE 312: Inclusive Environments

EDTE 320: Foundations of Clinical Practice

EDTE 326: Literature for the Elementary Reader

EDTE 328: Teaching Fine Arts and Movement

EDTE 330: Foundations of Teaching Reading

EDTE 414: Advanced Reading Methods

EDTE 332: Methods of Teaching English Language Arts

EDTE 334: Methods of Teaching Social Studies and Science

EDTE 338: Methods of Teaching Mathematics

EDTE 368: Field Experience I

EDTE 369: Field Experience II

EDTE 480: Student Teaching for Elementary Education

EDTE 482: Student Teaching Seminar for Elementary Education

Here is the list of current offerings and when they will be offered.

Textbooks for all courses are available through the Virtual Bookstore at MBS Direct. This is not Morningside’s on-campus bookstore. You can order by phone by calling 800.325.3252.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Degree or endorsement programs offered by the Sharon Walker School of Education at Morningside University that prepare students for licensure as educators are designed to meet the licensure standards set by the Iowa Department of Education. Please review the information on the Education Program Professional Licensure Disclosure page for more information.

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Sharon Walker School of Education


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