B.A. in Elementary Education

  • B.A.
  • Undergraduate
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  • Education

Play an important role in shaping future leaders. Rivier's B.A. in Elementary Education will help you become a certified elementary and middle school teacher.

Why Study Elementary Education at Rivier?

Today’s students require active, engaged teachers that continuously strive to create a dynamic classroom environment. With a B.A. in Elementary Education, you will learn to connect theory with practice and be prepared to play a valuable role in the lives of today’s students.

Our Elementary Education program offers extensive hands-on field experience that will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary for teaching in the 21st century. You’ll be prepared to work effectively with colleagues, parents, and the community to help today’s youth get the best education possible.

Our program offers a unique mix of courses in curriculum development and implementation, teaching and instructional strategies, technology, design of learning environments, and focused disciplinary content that will help empower you and build your confidence in the classroom.

In the B.A. in Elementary Education program, you will:

  • Become an effective educator and communicator
  • Connect theory with practice for classroom success
  • Develop your critical thinking and problem-solving skills

Fall 2024 Grants – Incoming Education majors are eligible for an Education Innovation Grant. First-time, first-year students will be awarded a $3,000 grant each year, renewable for four years for a total of $12,000 in financial support, in addition to a competitive financial aid package. This grant award supports students pursuing degrees in education.

Get Ready for the World

Through a focus on experiential learning and field experience beginning your freshman year, you will build your skills, resume, and professional network. Our proximity to some of the finest school districts in our state offers excellent opportunities for internships and employment. You will gain practical experience through a semester-long student teaching assignment, which will build your confidence in the classroom as well as your resume, and further develop your skills. Faculty-led teaching trips provide an opportunity for global experiences.

Upon completion of this program, you will be eligible for certification in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories, the Department of Defense Education Activity, Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario per the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.

Rivier was my first choice school. I really valued the University's close-knit community and the one-on-one time with faculty.

Where Will Your Degree Take You?

With a B.A. in Elementary Education, you will be well prepared for a rewarding teaching career.


  • Elementary school teachers
  • Junior high school teachers
  • Education administrators
  • Adult literacy or GED teachers
  • Tutors

Graduate Studies

Our alumni are well prepared to pursue graduate studies in education, administration, and other related fields.

One of the really special things about the education program is that you go out into the field in your freshman year. So right away, you are able to tell 'Am I in the right field? Am I doing what I want to be doing?' It's a great feeling knowing you are on the right path.

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Prepare for a rewarding career with the B.A. in Elementary Education.