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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 fully-online program provides maximum convenience and flexibility, while still offering a high-quality academic experience with faculty who have high levels of pedagogical expertise and school-based connections. 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 100 percent online degree program is delivered through Canvas, OSU’s online learning platform. Full-time enrollment is encouraged, but not required. Generally, students enrolled full time can expect to complete their degree in four years, which includes student teaching during the last semester.


The online program follows the same curriculum as the on-campus elementary education program. 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



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.



OSU offers undergrad online degree programs at a block rate tuition structure for 12-18 credit hours. All undergrad students are eligible for scholarships awarded through the university and college.

 2020-2021 Estimated Cost Per Credit Hour 
   Resident  Non-Resident
Tuition $178.55 $695.90
Fees $231.00 $231.00
Total  $409.55  $926.90
Set semester block rate tuition & fees (12-18 hrs) $4,509.00 $12,269.25
* This is only an estimate of costs, based on currently approved 2019–2020 rates. Cost estimates do not include textbooks or exam and course fees. Costs will vary if coursework is not fully completed online. Active-duty military may qualify for resident tuition rate. Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice. Full disclaimer 



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