In our BS in Elementary Education program, you’ll prepare to become a highly effective professional teacher who fosters students’ intellectual curiosity and promotes healthy development and learning.

Walden’s BS in Elementary Education program prepares you for teaching certification, which is required in most public school systems in the United States. This program incorporates strategies proven to help students develop confidence and succeed in today’s diverse classroom environments.

Coursework explores the integration of technology in the classroom, building family partnerships, collaboration, and literacy. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply best practices through in-person experiences in K–6 classrooms.

Why choose Walden for your BS in Elementary Education?

  • We are here to support you every step of the way as you embark on a comprehensive path to initial teacher licensure through personalized support services, dedicated teacher educators and curriculum aligned with licensure requirements.
  • Test fees for the edTPA, Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations(tm) (MTLE) Content, and MTLE Pedagogy exams are included in the program cost.
  • Benefit from a flexible and convenient learning format that incorporates supervised in-person field placements, demonstration classroom teaching and online coursework that allows you to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities facing practitioners in the field.
  • Save time and money by transferring up to 115 of the 181 required quarter credits.
  • Create and implement methods for using the latest technology to improve family communication and student achievement.
  • Become a well-rounded teacher candidate through core and general education courses, as well as higher-level courses focused on preparing you for certification—and the real-world classroom environment.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate content knowledge, skills, and pedagogy appropriate to elementary education.
  • Demonstrate the skills and dispositions of a professional educator.
  • Promote K–6 children’s development and learning across content areas through the design and implementation of engaging, differentiated learning experiences that support children’s development and learning across all domains.
  • Use data to assess student growth to make informed instructional decisions that build on the strengths and meet the needs of individual children.
  • Practice cultural responsiveness to build positive trusting relationships with children, families, and colleagues and to create supportive learning environments for all.
  • Use technology appropriately, resourcefully, and innovatively to personalize and improve teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with children, families, colleagues, and communities to improve outcomes for every child and effect positive social change.

Walden, Choice of More Than 100 State Teachers of the Year

The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)-accredited institution, has been focused on providing adult learners the education they need to make a difference within their communities for more than 45 years. As the Teacher of Teachers®, we are dedicated to enhancing educator effectiveness in order for students to succeed.

Learn why more than 100 state teachers of the year have chosen to earn their degrees at Walden.


Walden University is approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching to offer the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education that leads to Minnesota licensure in elementary education (K-6). However, before Walden can recommend a candidate for teacher licensure, the candidate must also pass the required exams for Minnesota licensure adopted by the Minnesota Board of Teaching, undergo a Minnesota background check, and complete any other Minnesota Board of Teaching requirements beyond completion of Walden’s state-approved teacher preparation program.

Individuals interested in pursuing teacher licensure in states other than Minnesota may qualify for a comparable license by virtue of completing the Walden Minnesota-approved teacher preparation program; however, individuals must review their state’s teacher licensing regulations to ensure the program meets all requirements, paying particular attention to any requirements specific to out-of-state program completers. Prospective students seeking to be licensed in states other than Minnesota must research their state licensure requirements to determine (1) if they are required to complete a state-approved licensure program, and (2) if there are any other requirements that apply, especially requirements pertaining to programs provided by out-of-state (except Minnesota) or online institutions.

Individuals enrolling internationally must be supervised by a teacher with a valid US state teaching license, in a school that follows a US-based curriculum at the appropriate grade level for the license. Prospective students must check that the program is accepted for teaching credential in the state they intend to apply for licensure.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide general information on state licensure; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all licensure requirements in the state they wish to teach. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement.

Professional Standards

The program learning outcomes are guided by the Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice and Minnesota Teachers of Elementary Education (K–6) Standards.

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