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Grand Canyon University | BS in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in STEM

Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in STEM program takes an integrative, hands-on approach to preparing future STEM teachers at the elementary school level. Read on to get information about this program's curriculum, post-grad opportunities, and more.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in STEM

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

A strong academic background in science and math is important for aspiring students of the BS in Elementary Education - STEM program. Incoming students should possess an understanding of basic technology and engineering concepts and display above-average technological, analytical, and collaborative skills, as some courses will require attention in areas of innovation, integrative teaching, and current teaching technologies. Applicants to Grand Canyon University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

What current and emerging technologies are available to STEM teachers? Which methodologies are used to create integrative STEM curricula? How is three dimensional teaching defined and what is its application in STEM classrooms? These are among the concepts explored in the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in STEM program at Grand Canyon University. Major courses also discuss integrative instructional methods in science and health; instructional strategies in the teaching of mathematics and language arts; student engagement methods; and approaches to teaching science and engineering. A student teaching experience in a real classroom completes this program. After earning this degree, graduates are eligible to pursue an Arizona state teaching credential.

Learning Format:

Online and on-campus

Program Length:

120 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Grand Canyon University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in STEM:

Students of this bachelor's degree in elementary education program are required to complete 76 credits in major coursework, 34-40 credits in general education classes, and 4-10 credits in electives. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Courses (34-40 credits)

  • Students choose courses from the following competencies:
    • University Foundations
    • Effective Communication
    • Christian Worldview
    • Critical Thinking (below is a required course for this major):
      • Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
    • Global Awareness, Perspectives, and Ethics (below is a required course for this major):
      • U.S. History Themes

Major Courses (76 credits)

  • Child and Early Adolescent Development and Psychology
  • Instructional Planning and Assessments for Elementary Teacher Candidates
  • Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
  • Survey of Special Education: Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  • Children's Literature
  • Fostering Student Engagement
  • Creating and Managing Engaging Learning Environments
  • Foundational Literacy Skills and Phonics
  • Methods and Strategies for Teaching Mathematics
  • Social Justice for Educators
  • Arizona Constitution & Government
  • Methods of Structured English Immersion for Elementary Education
  • Instructional Methods and Strategies for Integrating Science and Health
  • Methods and Strategies for Integrating Social Studies and the Arts
  • Methods and Strategies for Teaching English Language Arts
  • Instructional Methods for Science and Engineering
  • STEM Tools in the Modern Classroom
  • Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning in STEM
  • Three Dimensional Teaching in STEM Classrooms
  • Student Teaching for Elementary Education Teacher Candidates

Open Elective Courses (4-10 credits)

  • Students choose from any available GCU courses

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

This BS in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in STEM program is designed to prepare graduates to seek initial teacher licensure; for those who intend to pursue more advanced positions, such as lead teachers or administrators, a master's degree might be needed. In a master's degree program, students might have the opportunity to explore more extensive concepts in STEM curriculum development, assessment methods, and integrative practices; in some cases, students could choose to obtain a master's degree that would prepare them for licensure at the middle- or high-school level.

Graduates could consider, among others, the following master's degrees:

  • Master of Education in STEM
  • Master of Arts in Teaching STEM
  • Master of Education in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in STEM

Career Paths:

Having been awarded the Bachelor of Science degree in the STEM emphasis area of the elementary education program, graduates will then seek initial teaching licensure. Once this credential has been obtained, graduates can then explore instructional opportunities in public or private elementary school settings. They should possess the expertise of STEM concepts to introduce students to and engage students in innovations and current and emerging technologies and approaches in math, science, engineering, and computers.

Career options for those holding this BS degree could include:

  • Math interventionist
  • Elementary science specialist
  • Computer science/technology teacher
  • Technology integration specialist

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