Elementary Education

Bachelor of Science Degree

Program Overview

The College of Education at ORU is committed to providing the opportunity for individuals responding to the call of God to become "transformed professional Christian educators." The undergraduate education program is designed to offer preparation for professional public and private responsibilities in the field of education throughout the world.

The College of Education administers a diverse but cohesive teacher education program designed to train qualified teachers for elementary and secondary schools. The three segments of teacher preparation, general education, specialized subject area education and professional education are integrated to produce graduates with comprehensive teaching preparation. Each licensure area combines courses from general education, major and professional education.

All students who wish to major in education or obtain a standard teaching certificate must be admitted to the Professional Education Program. For those students majoring in education or seeking a standard teaching certificate, admission to the program is a prerequisite for approval to student teach. Education majors must be admitted before they have completed 75 hours toward their education degree.

In the elementary education major students focus on the history, philosophy, profession, procedures and practices of the American education and how it relates to social , political, religious and economic factors. Students explore the current issues in elementary education and focus on biblical principals of teaching.

Students choosing the elementary education major at ORU earn a licensure in elementary education and have the choice of three areas of concentration: English as a second language, early childhood education or special education mild-moderate disabilities.

Elementary Education Course Offerings:

  • Reading and Language Arts
  • Children's Literature and the Library
  • Elementary Reading Methods with Practicum
  • Literary Assessment and Clinical Experience
  • Concentration and Professional Education classes
Areas of Concentration

English as a Second Language Concentration

Students selecting the concentration involving teaching English as a second language (TESL) study the basic principles of language learning and teaching, including a comparison of first and second language acquisition, instructional and learner variables and methodological implications.

English as a Second Language Concentration Course Offerings

  • Structure of Modern English
  • Descriptive Linguistics
  • TESL Methods and Materials
  • TESL Curriculum Design
  • TESL Assessment
  • Cross-Cultural Communication

Early Childhood Education Concentration

In the early childhood education concentration, students focus on the psychosocial, cognitive, symbol and creative growth and development of children from birth to age eight. Included in this concentration is a focused study incorporating a 10-hour practicum on infant and toddler development emphasizing parent and caregiver practices to promote optimal child development.

Early Childhood Education Concentration Course Offerings

  • Foundations of Early Childhood Education and Physical Development
  • Infant and Toddler Development
  • Symbol Development and Creativity of the Young Child
  • Psychosocial Development and Guidance of the Young Child
  • Cognitive Development of the Young Child
  • TESL Methods & Materials

Special Education Concentration

The special education concentration acquaints the student with different exceptionalities served in schools. Students choosing this concentration will focus on assessment procedures, placement, methods, materials and teaching strategies.

Course Offerings for Special Education Concentration

  • TESL Methods & Materials
  • Assessment and Program Planning
  • Parents and Families of Students with Special Needs
  • Behavior Management Strategies
  • Effective Instruction for Students with Mild-Moderate Disabilities
  • Methods, Strategies and Techniques for Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities
  • Issues, Trends and Curriculum Modification in Special Education
ORU Distinguishing Features

Unit Theme
Transformed Educators ". . . be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind . . ." Romans 12:2. The ORU College of Education is dedicated to producing "Transformed Educators." The school desires to develop and train future educators as teachers, principals, superintendents and other professional school personnel who have been transformed by the power of Jesus Christ and who demonstrate the character and dispositions of Christian values, ethics and moral integrity. The College of Education also desires to develop students as transformed professional educators who know and demonstrate the content, pedagogical and professional knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to help all students learn and to be educational leaders.
Unit Vision
Transforming Society, The Miracle Ahead, A Transformed Generation "Ye have not chosen me ... I have chosen you and ordained you that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain."- John 15:16. As a student in this program, you will be trained on how to become an education professional who will go into every person's world....into public, private, Christian and home schools as a transformed educator. Transformed educators will make such an impact that they will be catalysts for transforming society, which in turn will help transform the next generation.
Unit Mission
Preparing Professional Christian Educators to go into Every Person's World
You will be trained, alongside of other Individuals who hold Christian principles, by participating in initial and advanced study that prepares you for professional public and private responsibilities in the field of education throughout the world.

What Do You Have To Look Forward To?

Experiencing a variety of classroom practicums right from the start...working with teachers and students in the field...observing everyday classroom procedures and activities...reaching out to the community and the world through various outreach projects and mission trips.


Become a teacher. Help transform lives.
The National Center for Educational Statistics states that America's schools will need at least two million additional teachers in the next decade. You are needed now, more than ever. The world is waiting for educators who have developed a Christian worldview and who will have an impact in education whether it is in public, private or Christian schools; preschool, elementary, secondary or postsecondary higher education. As an educator, you truly do touch the future. Come be a part of the ORU College of Education and touch the future as a transformed Christian educator.

Degree Plan with Early Childhood Education

Degree Plan with English as a Second Language

Degree Plan with Special Education

Degree in Three with English Language Learner

Degree in Three with Early Childhood Education


Linda G. Dunham, Ed.D.
Chair of the Undergraduate College of Education