Elementary Education

Education and Purpose

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) is a program designed for students who want to teach at the elementary school level.

Elementary school teachers are pivotal in a child’s educational success. They nurture a young student’s innate talent and inspire them to think, dream, learn, and create.

This demanding, high commitment program will prepare students to succeed in a teaching career upon graduation. Students will study early adolescent development, classroom management, instructional technology, teaching diverse populations and more.

With more than 100 required practicum hours in a variety of urban and rural settings, and 60 full official school days of student teaching, elementary education graduates will be fully prepared to enter the workforce.

By the Numbers:

Education at Olivet

pass rate for seniors on edTPA license
of faculty members have taught in PK-12 classrooms
first graduates from new special education teacher training program
education majors, minors and concentrations

Specialized Education

From Art to Special Ed, Olivet students choose their area of focus, and spend valuable time as student and with students.

Math in Life

Many elementary, middle school and high school students say that math courses are their most difficult. Olivet math education grads excel in introducing students to the joys of learning.

Mentors and Professors

At Olivet, the classes are kept smaller, to ensure every student experience the one-on-one relationship with their academic mentors.

Tomorrow’s Educators

The School of Education strives for responsiveness in keeping its programs current. Within the last three years, the Early Childhood, Elementary Education and Middle Grades programs have been revised to meet licensing and hiring requirements. The newest program is the Special Education Teacher Training Program with the first graduates in the Class of 2017.

Special Education Teacher Training Program


Olivet Nazarene University’s Teacher Education Program is a recognized education preparation program by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB). Each teaching program that is offered at Olivet has been individually approved for licensure, meaning that when a teaching candidate graduates with a teaching degree they will also have earned an Illinois Professional Educators License. The School of Education continues to update existing programs to meet and exceed the Illinois State Board of Education standards and is aligned with the top educational preparation standards in the nation.

Middle School Endorsement

The importance of Middle School teachers can never be overestimated! A teacher who earns a Middle School Endorsement is more marketable when entering the teacher workforce. The endorsement broadens the range of grade levels a teacher is licensed to teach.

Elementary Education majors can complete the necessary requirements to receive a Middle School Endorsement qualifying them to teach grades 5–8 in Math, Science, English/Language Arts, or Social Sciences.

Education with a Christian Purpose

The best way to see if Olivet is a good fit for you is to visit the campus. We offer unique, customized visit days every weekday, and special Purple & Gold days, too, where you can get up close at all things ONU.

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