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Why study elementary education online through OSU?

Earn your Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and be prepared to teach all subjects for grades 1-8, including mathematics, science, reading/language arts and social studies. This online undergraduate program offers a high-quality academic experience and school-based connections. Upon degree completion, graduates are recommended to the Oklahoma State Department of Education for full teacher certification and are prepared to take certification exams in other states, if applicable. Our education graduates are highly sought after by school districts and go on to work in a variety of educational settings, fulfilling their passion to serve students.


This online degree program is delivered through Canvas, OSU’s online learning platform. Field experiences, including the student teaching internship, require in-person classroom observations and interactions. Full-time enrollment is encouraged, but not required. Generally, freshman students enrolled full time can expect to complete their degree in four years, which includes student teaching during the last semester. Students with transfer credit should be aware of unique major and professional core course sequencing.


Comprehensive teacher certification degree requirements for the Elementary Education Online program are identical to the on-campus requirement, leading to teacher certification once university and state requirements are met.


Degree completion requires at least 124 credit hours, including general education courses, college/departmental courses, major courses, professional core courses and student teaching. After completing general education courses, students will begin education preparatory program courses during their sophomore year. The student teaching experience is designated for spring semester of the student’s senior year and will ideally be completed in the student’s local or neighboring community. 


Coursework Preview:

  • Early Lab and Clinical Experience in Elementary Education
  • Social Studies in the Elementary School Curriculum
  • Design and Management of the Elementary School Classroom
  • Elementary School Curriculum Design and Development
  • Teaching Mathematics at the Intermediate Level
  • Science in the Elementary School Curriculum
  • Children's Literature Across the Curriculum

Course requirements

Additional curriculum information



To apply for the program, students must complete the OSU undergraduate application. By completing the online application and answering the essay questions, you will automatically be considered for scholarship opportunities at OSU. Comprehensive admission requirements for online, freshman, international and readmission students can be found through OSU Undergraduate Admissions. Prospective transfer students can refer to our college credit transfer guides.



OSU offers undergrad online degree programs at a block rate tuition structure which means students taking 12-18 hours will be charged the same block rate whether they take 12 to 18 hours in a semester. This helps students shorten the time to earn their degrees and assists with financial budgeting. Additionally, OSU accepts transfer credit and all undergraduate students are eligible for scholarships awarded through the university and college. Cost estimates below are calculated based on 2022-2023 rates. Additional cost details and OSU’s tuition and fee estimator are available on the Bursar website.

2022-2023 Estimated Cost
  Resident Non-Resident
Total cost per credit hour $420.35 $937.70
Total cost per 3-credit hour course $1,261.05 $2,813.10
Semester Block Rate Tuition and Fees based on 15 hours $6,305.25 $14,065.50

* This is only an estimate of cost, based on currently approved 2022-2023 rates. Cost estimates do not include textbooks, exams, or course expenses, nor do they factor in individual transfer credits or scholarship information. Cost will vary if not enrolled in a fully online degree program. Active-duty military may qualify for resident tuition rate. Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice. Full disclaimer


Military Members: beginning Fall 2022, active duty military or military veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard, or Reserves are eligible to receive the in-state tuition rate when admitted to one of OSU's approved online degree or certificate programs. To receive the in-state tuition rate, students should submit a copy of their DD214 or NGB-22 with application materials. Other forms of documentation may be possible.


Out of state waivers that reduce tuition to the in state tuition rate, are available for non-resident transfer students with at least 45 earned transfer hours in one of the following OSU online bachelor’s degree programs: Elementary Education, Nursing-RN to BSN, or University Studies. Please contact us at or 405-744-1015 for details.


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