Academics, undergraduate

Elementary Education, BS

fall 2024
Classes Start

aug 24

Session B
Classes Start

Mar 2

Program Overview

Does the thought of inspiring and teaching children make you smile? If you’re patient, understanding and kind, you already have the qualities you need to be an elementary school teacher. RCU’s education program can give you the skills to effectively serve students in diverse and challenging schools, including global communities, as well as provide Christian outreach. Our program offers teaching certification in Integrated Science, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Learning Disabilities.

degree requirements

As a graduate of the Elementary Education program, you will gain a rich liberal arts education, acquire specialized knowledge in academic content areas, and complete a professional studies program. Having developed Christian values and high ethical standards, you will become a teacher with integrity—and you will also have the heart to serve and inspire students and their communities.

Total Credit Hours: 120-125

  • General Education Core: 25 hours
  • Lower, Upper Elementary, or Both Grade Bands: 58-71 hours
  • Professional Studies Core: 32 hours
  • Electives: 0-5 hours
  • Creative Writing Club

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Jobs filled by Rochester grads

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Career Opportunities

Types of Jobs

Elementary Education Teacher:

  • Lower Elementary Grade Band (Prek-3rd grade)
  • Upper Elementary Grade Band (3rd – 5th grade)
  • Learning Disabilities




Avg. Salaries post graduation

(Courtesy of for High School Teacher) 

Market Trends

Projected Growth (2021-2031): 4% – 7%
Projected Job Openings (2021-2031): 77,900

(Courtesy of O*Net Online) 

student experience



  • Creative Writing Club



In my time at RCU, I learned what it means to be an educator with Christian values, integrity and a heart for service. I had the opportunity to teach alongside a wide variety of educators, participate in co-curricular activities, and improve my teaching abilities in multiple remarkable school districts. Rochester Christian University fostered my abilities. I entered the field of education feeling confident, dedicated and motivated to teach students with varying needs to acquire academic growth, embrace diversity and exhibit respect.


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