Elementary Teacher Degree
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Transfer in up to 75% of the degree total
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Aug 21, 2023

Help Children Read and Write as an Elementary or Middle Grades Teacher

Do you want to become a licensed elementary school teacher so you can pass on your love of reading and writing to students? Whether you want to teach at the elementary or middle school level, Liberty’s online B.Ed. in Elementary Education – Middle Grades English can help you get the skills and credentials you need.

Through this online elementary education program, you can complete state requirements for teacher licensure – including core competencies, over 90 practicum hours, and at least 1 full semester of student teaching. In addition to helping prepare you for success as a kindergarten and elementary school teacher, this degree can also equip you for middle grades education as an English studies teacher.

Liberty University’s School of Education meets rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Once you complete Virginia licensure requirements, you can apply for reciprocity in another state. Partner with Liberty, and you can be classroom-ready after graduation!

Upon successful completion of Liberty University’s Virginia state-approved Bachelor of Education program, you may apply for your teaching license in another state through reciprocity, which may or may not result in additional requirements based on your state’s Department of Education regulations.

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At Liberty, you’ll find an affordable, high-quality education that equips students like you for the real world. Our commitment to excellence helped us rank among Niche.com’s Top 5 college campuses in America. Earning your degree from a nonprofit university with state-of-the-art resources like ours can help set you apart from your peers.

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Why Choose Our B.Ed. in Elementary Education with a Middle Grades English Studies Endorsement?

At Liberty University, our mission is to Train Champions for Christ. We fulfill that mission by raising up a new generation of ethical and effective teachers. As an education student at Liberty, you won’t just learn content areas or teaching and learning techniques. Our education professors have years of experience in the elementary and middle grades teaching field and are excited to pass down their knowledge to you.

We want to help you get the hands-on training you need to be a successful teacher. That’s why you can gain over 90 credit hours of practicum training and have at least 1 full semester of student teaching in a real classroom. With guidance from your education professors, you can learn how to apply what you’ve studied to the real world.

The middle grades English area of study can provide you with the specialized skills in teaching English and approaching reading and writing for middle schoolers. By pursuing the middle grades English endorsement, you can learn how to be a versatile and well-rounded teacher prepared to succeed in many learning environments.

What Will You Learn in Liberty’s B.Ed. in Elementary Education – Middle Grades English?

Liberty’s B.Ed. in Elementary Education – Middle Grades English provides a broad and in-depth foundation in essential topics for teaching elementary and middle grades students. This program will cover many areas of study, including mathematics, history, writing, civics, social studies, and literature. You will also have the opportunity to study the Bible through Liberty’s religion and theology courses, providing a rich background in the biblical worldview.

With these subjects covered, you will also study teaching and learning principles, how to build course plans for different kinds of students, and how to manage a classroom. You will also get hands-on experience using the latest teaching and learning technologies and learning technologies to help engage your students in the classroom.

Additionally, the elementary education program is designed to include over 90 practicum hours, giving you opportunities for guided practice and application. Completing the B.Ed. in Elementary Education — Middle Grades English endorsement will require you to complete a total of 4 practicums and 1 full semester of student teaching. This degree provides more than just an online elementary education degree, it prepares you to work with elementary and middle school students alike.

Review the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below to learn more about what you’ll be studying!

Featured Courses

EDUC 225 – Instructional Design for Elementary and Middle School Classrooms

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How to design engaging instructional content
  • How to meet the diverse learners of pre-K to eight grade students with exceptionalities or differences in English language proficiency
  • How to plan for classroom management through positive instructional preparation
  • How to research for available resources for implementing instruction

EDUC 318 – Teaching Reading to Diverse Learners

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Approaching literacy, learning, and diverse learners from a biblical worldview
  • How children acquire oral language and progress through stages of literacy development
  • Use of informal literacy assessments and reading instruction techniques

ENGL 221 – World Literature I

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • About literary works from around the world.
  • How to approach writings from the earliest civilizations through about A.D. 1550.
  • How to critically analyze works of literature from different time periods and genres.

ENGL 307 – Expository Writing

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Different ways tone can help enhance your argument.
  • How to write for specific audiences.
  • The structure and form of writing expository essays.
Degree Information
Admission Requirements

Highlights of Our B.Ed. in Elementary Education – Middle Grades English Degree

  • Liberty University’s School of Education meets rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • Pursuing one of our Bachelor of Education licensure tracks may make you eligible for the Federal TEACH Grant.
  • You will have over 90 hours of practicum experience and at least one full semester of student teaching in classroom by the time you graduate.
  • The Educational Technology Lab provides students with resources, software, and equipment to help promote learning with technology.
  • All of our faculty who oversee licensure courses have K-12 experience and a current teaching license.
  • You will have the opportunity to complete your student teaching in various locations throughout Virginia, including the Washington, D.C., public school system through our Washington Fellowship.

B.Ed. in Elementary Education – Middle Grades English Degree Information

    Career Opportunities for B.Ed. in Elementary Ed. – Middle Grades English Graduates

    Liberty’s Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Elementary Education degree can help prepare you for a variety of education-related jobs, such as:

    • Elementary school teacher
    • K-12 curriculum coordinator
    • K-12 education consultant
    • Middle school English teacher

    Upon successful completion of the B.Ed. in Elementary Education – Middle Grades English, you will be prepared with a well-respected degree in education, requirements for Virginia licensure, and over 90 practicum hours and at least 1 full semester of student teaching. This degree can equip you with all the necessary resources, tools, and knowledge needed to succeed.

    Admission Requirements for Our Bachelor’s in Elementary Education Program

    Every application is reviewed by the admissions committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:

    • Admission application
    • Official high school transcripts
    • Official college transcripts (if applicable)
    • Results from the CLT, SAT, or ACT are not required for admission, but may be used in consideration for merit-based aid.
    • Admission essay

    *Additional documentation may be requested by the admissions committee after your application has been received.