Where Can I Find an Online Bachelor's Degree in Education?

Online bachelor's degree programs are flexible and can be completed on a personal time schedule. However, finding quality programs that are accredited and prepare students for the challenges of teaching can be difficult. Most education programs are offered on-campus, though a few are available online. Schools offering Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

School Options

There aren't many online bachelor's degree programs in education for aspiring teachers. Most institutions require students to complete a certain number of student teaching and classroom observation hours. These practical experiences can't be replicated online. However, some online programs cooperate with traditional schools across the country to find local student teaching placements for online learners. The following public and private not-for-profit schools offer online bachelor's degrees in education:

  • Drexel University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • East Carolina University (degree completion)

Important Facts About These Programs

Possible Careers Head Start teacher, infant/toddler specialist, pre-school teacher
Concentrations Language arts, social studies, science
Prerequisites Minimum GPA, teaching orientation, instructor recommendation
Common Courses Educational psychology, literacy for young children, educational technology, working with exceptional students (students with special needs), strategies for instruction and classroom management

Accreditation

One of the most important considerations when looking for an online bachelor's degree program is whether the program is accredited. Choosing an accredited program ensures that other schools will recognize your degree if you decide to continue your education or transfer. It also promises that future employers will acknowledge your degree's authenticity. One way to find a reputable online program for a bachelor's degree in education is to search for schools through an accrediting agency. There are several accreditation organizations for education, though only the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC, www.detc.org) guarantees that the program is online:

  • DETC: This organization specifically accredits distance education institutions and programs.
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC, www.teac.org): Institutions accredited by the TEAC include Hawaii Pacific University, Southern New Hampshire University, and Boricua College.
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE, www.ncate.org): NCATE accredits Weber State University, Belmont University, Concordia University, and many others.

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  • University of Notre Dame

    Campus Locations:

    • Indiana: Notre Dame
  • Vanderbilt University

    Campus Locations:

    • Tennessee: Nashville
  • University of Florida

    Campus Locations:

    • Florida: Gainesville
  • Cornell University

    Campus Locations:

    • New York: Ithaca
  • University of Pennsylvania

    Campus Locations:

    • Pennsylvania: Philadelphia
  • University of Georgia

    Campus Locations:

    • Georgia: Athens