Elementary Education Major (BS)

Do you feel called into a career where your impact resonates beyond yourself and into the next generation? Does your heart skip a beat when you imagine encouraging the growth and development of children as they discover the world around them and their role in it? Pursuing a degree in elementary education will allow you to answer the call of being a difference maker that Christ has put on your heart.

Few professions offer such a direct opportunity to catalyze change, inspire young people and ignite the imagination. Yes, the life of an educator can be challenging. But that’s part of the joy. We believe the rewards far outweigh the hardships.

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Earn Teaching Licensure in Four Years

Many universities only offer a graduate-level fifth-year program in elementary education. At George Fox, you can achieve teaching licensure for elementary education – at the early-childhood and elementary levels – by completing our four-year program and passing the required tests.

A Career of Influence

Our elementary education majors go on to work in elementary and early-childhood programs throughout Oregon and the rest of the country. A bachelor’s degree in elementary education prepares you for a career of influence.

Many of us remember our elementary school teachers and can appreciate the impact they had on our lives. For this reason, few careers offer such rewarding life experiences.

ESOL Endorsement and Optional Mid-Level Authorization

Course work and training for the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement is also embedded to add to your qualifications and teaching license. This endorsement is highly sought after in school districts across the country and will greatly increase your employment prospects.

You also have the option of adding the middle-level authorization (grades 5-10) to the elementary/early childhood authorization if you meet the testing/course work requirements in a content area, take the required courses, and complete an additional student teaching at the middle level.

Adult Degree Completion Option

If you already have your Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree, you may want to consider George Fox's hybrid-online bachelor's degree completion program for working adults with a major in elementary education.

Why Study Elementary Education at George Fox?

What’s so distinctive about our program? In addition to receiving your licensure in just four years, we offer a Christian college environment that encourages not only academic – but spiritual – growth. Here, we go beyond textbooks and “requirements.” Our faculty are genuinely interested in your growth as a person and as an educator, and they will get to know you by name.

Here are a few more reasons why you should join us:

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What will I Study?

  • Theoretical and practical teaching concepts which can be directly applied to classrooms
  • ESOL teaching strategies that meet the needs of all learners
  • Field experiences that help develop teaching strategies prior to student teaching
  • Cutting-edge technology to support educational goals
  • A curriculum that focuses on the “whole child” within education

In addition, you will build connections with teachers and schools within the region – educators who will come alongside you as you pursue your dream of teaching.

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Logan Benfield

Logan Benfield

Initially, I did not know what I wanted to major in. When I changed majors, God sent me on a path of discovering my passion for developing and bringing up the next generation. He placed amazing professors, peers and mentors in place to develop my skills as an educator. The decision to become a teacher truly impacted my time at George Fox in a greater way than any other moment.

What’s after George Fox

Job prospects are best for teachers in high-demand fields such as math, science and bilingual education, and in less desirable urban and rural areas. The largest growth is expected at the postsecondary level: The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment for postsecondary teachers is expected to grow 9 percent through 2029, with a large number of jobs becoming available as older teachers move into retirement.

  • Teaching positions in districts throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii and across the U.S.
  • Principal, Linus Pauling Middle School, Corvallis, Ore.
  • Elementary and missions teachers in China, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Austria, Swaziland and other countries around the world
  • Director of High School at Qingdao Baishan School, Qingdao, Shandong, China
  • University of Washington
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Nevada
  • Baylor University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Portland State University
  • Western Oregon University
  • University of Colorado, Denver
  • Salem School District
  • Woodburn School District
  • Newberg School District
  • Yamhill-Carlton School District
  • Sherwood School District
  • Portland School District
  • McMinnville School District
  • Tigard-Tualatin School District
  • Tillamook School District
Marlina Serratos

Civil Servant

Upon learning about George Fox, Marlina Serratos knew it was the place for her. But before she could begin life in Newberg she had to take care of business at home – and, in the process, discovered a way she could make a difference in her community.

When Serratos was in high school her dad purchased property and had to move their manufactured home in Irrigon, Oregon. With her mother previously forced to return to her native country of Mexico due to immigration issues and her dad tied up with work, Serratos stepped up to handle all the paperwork, resulting in a friendship with the city manager. During one conversation with him, she mentioned offhandedly that she wished she could do something to help the city. His response: “Run for city council.”