B.Ed. In Elementary Ed. – Middle Grades Social Science
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Transfer in up to 75% of the degree total
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Aug 19, 2024

Lead in the Classroom with Liberty’s B.Ed. in Elementary Ed. – Middle Grades Social Science 

Are you interested in becoming an elementary school teacher? Maybe leading a K-6 classroom is your career goal, but you’re also looking for a degree that capitalizes on your love of social studies and offers an additional middle school endorsement. Liberty understands that you still might not be sure what student age group you want to teach someday, which is why we offer a bachelor’s in education with a middle grades social science endorsement.

This residential bachelor’s degree is designed to train you to serve as an educator, equip you with the skills needed to lead a classroom, and prepare you for teacher licensure. Liberty’s School of Education created this degree with your success in mind. Our curriculum was designed by experts in education who know what it takes to succeed as an educator in both elementary and middle school settings.

Liberty’s rigorous academics aren’t the only thing that sets us apart. Since 1971, we’ve been Training Champions for Christ. At Liberty, we don’t just train the educators of tomorrow. We train Christ-centered leaders in education who leave the graduation stage with a vision to pursue truth, knowledge, and principled excellence in everything they do.

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 3 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 Liberty’s B.Ed. in Elementary Education – Middle Grades Social Science Degree?

If you feel led by God to become a teacher at the elementary or middle school levels, Liberty’s B.Ed. in Elementary Education with a specialization in middle school social studies may be for you. At Liberty, you will study elementary and middle-school teaching methods, children’s literature, individual differences among students, and how to write curriculum. Not only can you graduate from this VDOE-approved program licensed to teach at the elementary and middle school levels – you also can leave Liberty a more knowledgeable, motivated, and sought-after professional with a passion for glorifying God through your work.

Liberty University’s School of Education meets rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). You can rest assured that your degree is respected by employers and has met rigorous accreditation standards. This degree program also affords you the opportunity to stand out in applicant pools as a versatile candidate who is capable of teaching at both elementary and middle school levels.

What Will You Learn in Our B.Ed. in Elementary Education – Middle Grades Social Science Degree?

Liberty University’s residential elementary education degree with a middle grades social studies endorsement can equip you with the tools needed to create safe, creative, and effective learning environments. In this degree program, you will study critical learning theories and create portfolios that demonstrate your teaching expertise to future employers. Additionally, your practicums and student teaching hours allow you to apply your classroom training to real-world teaching environments, so you can graduate with the confidence to captivate, lead, and teach a classroom of students.   

In this degree program, you’ll also be introduced to social studies in elementary education and middle grades education. Through this degree, you won’t just gain a fundamental understanding of economics, American history, and civics – you’ll also learn how to teach these subjects to others.

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 plan for classroom management through positive instructional preparation
  • How to provide differentiated instruction that meets the needs of diverse learners in grades preK-8, including students with exceptionalities, differences in language, and/or supplemental educational services
  • How to research for available resources for implementing instruction

EDUC 350 – Instructional Approaches to Literature for Children and Adolescents

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Appropriate responses to student behavior
  • Cultivation of conducive learning environments
  • Differentiation of instruction

EDUC 410 – Elementary School Curriculum

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How the Virginia Standards of Learning compare to the Common Core State Standards
  • How to use resources in the creation of engaging curriculum for K-6 students
  • Identification of character principles used in designing curriculum

EDUC 412 – Middle School Curriculum

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How to meet needs of diverse populations in current middle-grade education
  • Strategies for engaging middle school students
  • Strategies for helping middle school teachers and students
Degree Information
Admission Requirements

Highlights of Our Bachelor of Education 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 our Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education degree may make you eligible for the Federal TEACH Grant.
  • You will complete over 90 practicum hours and at least 1 full semester of student teaching prior to graduation.
  • The Educational Technology Lab provides students with top-notch resources, software, and equipment designed to promote learning with technology.
  • All of our faculty who oversee licensure courses have K-12 teaching experience and a current teaching license.
  • You will have the opportunity to do your student teaching in various locations throughout Virginia as well as in Washington, D.C., through Liberty’s Washington Fellowship program.
  • Liberty offers a world-class education taught from a Christian perspective.
  • By completing our B.Ed. education licensure track, you’ll graduate with credentials to teach in the state of Virginia.
  • With the degree you receive in elementary education, you can serve as a teacher or school administrator in a variety of settings.

B.Ed. in Elementary Ed – Middle Grades Social Science Degree Information

  • Residential
  • 130 total credit hours
  • Transfer in up to 75% of your total degree
  • This bachelor’s in elementary education program falls under the School of Education.
  • Download and review the Degree Completion Plan for Liberty University’s elementary education program.
  • View our Course Catalog for more information.
  • You will complete practicum and student teaching hours.
  • A background check is required.

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

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

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

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.

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