Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Education
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Elementary Education Bachelor's Degree Program

Gain the knowledge you need to step confidently into the field of education. In the Elementary Education bachelor’s degree program, you will learn to be an effective classroom teacher who can plan and implement a broad range of instructional, assessment, and management strategies to meet the diverse needs of all students. You will also have real-world opportunities to participate in supervised teaching opportunities in local schools from sophomore year through graduation. The elementary education curriculum is infused with Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values and taught by experienced full-time faculty with pre-K to grade 6 teaching experience.

The University of Mary education program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and meets the teacher certification standards of the North Dakota Educational Standards and Practices Board. Upon completing the Elementary Education Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Mary you will be eligible for licensure to teach in grades 1-6 in North Dakota.

Elementary Education Degree Program Highlights

At the University of Mary you have the opportunity to participate in many unique learning experiences as you pursue your bachelor’s degree, including:

  • Mentoring and collaborative research activities with full-time faculty.
  • Global learning experiences and professional development activities.
  • The Emerging Leaders Academy (a four-year program in educational leadership for selected students).
  • The Institute for Educational Leadership conference.
  • A range of professional organizations, including the North Dakota Reading Association, the South Central Reading Council, and the North Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children.

Career Outlook for Elementary Education Majors

Employment of kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers is expected to grow by 6% percent between 2014 and 2024. Teachers who are geographically mobile and who obtain licensure in more than one subject are likely to have a distinct advantage in finding a job. At the federal level, there has been a large increase in funding for education, particularly for the hiring of qualified teachers in lower income areas.

+ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-17 Edition

ENG 121; COM 110; PSY 205; HIS 101 or 102 or MUS 342; GEO 101 or 302; BIO 101 or 103; SCI 102, 201; MAT 103 or above; PED 305; EDU 200 or 202, 250, 295, 300, 301, 303, 307, 312, 315, 316, 318, 320, 367, 400, 411, 418, 423; ALU 499.04.

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


Program Advisor: Loni Miller

If you are considering pursuing a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, you may also be interested in a double or triple major in the following:

One of our bachelor's programs in secondary education: