Jun 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Elementary Education, B.S.Ed.

Location(s): Statesboro, Armstrong-Savannah, Liberty

Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

Additional admission requirements must be met to enter the Elementary Education B.S.Ed. (Certification Track) program. (See B.S.Ed. Teacher Education Admission Requirements). Students seeking teacher certification are first admitted to the Elementary Education Professional Studies B.S.Ed. (Non-Certification Track). Upon meeting B.S.Ed. teacher education admission requirements at the completion of Area F, students will be admitted to the certification track. Successful completion of all program requirements and all Georgia Professional Standards Commission certification requirements will prepare an individual to gain teacher certification in Georgia.

The elementary education emphasis area is offered on the Armstrong, Statesboro, and Liberty campuses. The elementary education/special education P-5 dual certification, is only offered on the Statesboro campus.

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

General Requirements (Core A-E): 42 Credit Hours

Additional Requirements: 4 Credit Hours

Area F- Courses Appropriate to Major: 18 Credit Hours

Professional Education: 15-18 Credit Hours

For specific Professional Education hours, please refer to the chosen certification or non-certification track. 

Major Requirements: 30-45 Credit Hours

For specific Major Requirement hours, please refer to the chosen certification or non-certification track. 

Total Credit Hours: 124

Program Concentrations

Please select one of the concentrations below

Certification Track

This concentration leads to Initial Teacher Certification in Georgia. 

Program Admission Criteria

See B.S.Ed. Teacher Education Admission Requirements   

Must be admitted into the Teacher Education Program and qualify for a Georgia Preservice Certificate.

Other Program Requirements

  • Must meet all requirements for retention in the Teacher Education Program and qualify for a Georgia Preservice Certificate.
  • Must earn a minimum grade of “C” on all courses in Area F of the Core, the teaching field, and professional education; and maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher.
  • Must earn a minimum grade of “B’” or higher in SPED 3331 Introduction to Special Education for Elementary Education or SPED 3130 Characteristics of Learners with Disabilities.
  • Must successfully complete all field experiences.
  • Must take courses sequentially according to Area.
  • Courses in Area F must be taken prior to admission into the Teacher Education Program.
  • Take only one practicum course per semester.
  • Must meet requirements for admission to Student Teaching/Internship II, (See catalog section, Admission to Student Teaching).
  • Must successfully complete assessments identified at each program transition point.

Study Emphasis: 12 Credit Hours

Select one of the following study emphasis areas: 

Non Certification Track

This track does NOT lead to teacher certification 

Program Admission Criteria

  • Must meet all University Admission Requirements.
  • This program does NOT lead to teacher certification. Upon meeting teacher education program admission requirements, those seeking teacher certification will move into the Elementary Education B.S.Ed. (Certification Track) program.

Other Program Requirements

  • Must choose Option 1 or 2 in Major Requirements. 
  • Must identify a career path with their academic advisor.

To graduate with Elementary Education B.S.Ed. Professional Studies (Non-Certification), a student must:

  • Successfully complete the program of study as outlined in the catalog;
  • Be in good standing with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Major Requirements: 45 Credit Hours

Must include at least 21 credit hours of upper-division courses


Undergraduate Academic Advisement at Georgia Southern is provided to all degree-seeking undergraduate students by professional advisors. Academic Advisors are located on all three Georgia Southern University campuses. Students are required to meet with their assigned Academic Advisor at least once a semester. For more information visit the Academic Advisement  catalog page.