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Elementary Education

Beginning Fall 2022, the Paraprofessional and Career Changer Pathway will be offered 100% online

The Elementary Education Paraprofessional and Career Changer Pathway is a program leading to a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and initial certification in Elementary Education, grades pre-kindergarten through 5th grade (P-5).

This program is 100% online and is designed to meet the needs of paraprofessionals and career changers who already hold an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from GSW or another institution. If you are interested in this program, please contact us for a transcript evaluation. There may be some prerequisite courses needed if you do not currently hold an associate’s degree from a University System of Georgia (USG) institution and/or your bachelor’s degree is from a field other than education. 

The cohort-based program begins each fall (August). Students will complete 4-5 classes per semester. The program meets all Georgia Professional Standards Commission rules and requirements for initial certification, including field experiences and grade band requirements (K-1, 2-3, and 4-5).


Program Curriculum

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Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Science in Education

Education Center
Rachel Abbott, Ph.D., CHES

Thelma Sexton, Ed.D.

Faculty & Staff

Elementary Education

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Admission Requirements

Core curriculum requirements should be completed during the first two years of college study. Candidates must meet the General Core Curriculum requirements as established by the University and the College of Education.

Admission to Teacher Education: Admission to Teacher Education is required for a candidate to enroll in all 3000-4000 level program courses. A grade of C or higher is required in each professional and teaching field course, and an institution grade point average of 2.5 is required for both Student Teaching and graduation.

Academic Concentrations

The Elementary Education program requires the completion of a concentration in Reading and Mathematics.


Required Language Arts Courses
EDRG 3020 Language Arts
EDRG 3160 Strategies of Teaching Early Literacy
EDRG 3280 Literature for Children
EDRG 3260 Strategies of Teaching Intermediate Literature
Required Mathematics Courses
EDEC 3100 Elementary Education Math Methods
MATH 2008 Foundations of Numbers & Operations
MATH 3002 Geometry for Teachers
MATH 3003 Probability & Statistics for Teachers
MATH 4490 History & Philosophy of Math


The Elementary Education professional sequence enables students to develop understanding and abilities that are essential for teaching young students.


Course Sequence       Course Rotations

This program allowed me to have the flexibility of being able to continue working and attend classes. It was a dream opportunity that allowed me to further my education and build a career that I loved.

Margaret Levie Elementary Education Major
Montezuma, Georgia