2021 – The Most Affordable Teaching Certificate Bachelor’s in Education in the West North Central U.S.

Elementary Education

Empowering you to transform tomorrow’s leaders in today’s classrooms.

What will I learn with an Elementary Education Degree?

The Barclay College Teacher Education Department cultivates a Christ-centered, value-oriented environment in which you will be empowered for a life of effective Christian leadership and life of service, which is firmly built on a strong education of pedagogical training and field experiences. You will become equipped with real-life application and the professional knowledge necessary to become an exceptional teacher, in order to transform leaders of tomorrow in today’s classrooms.

 You will be able to demonstrate a depth of knowledge to effectively deliver instruction.

  • You will acquire and implement research-based strategies to successfully manage classroom responsibilities, including goal setting, lesson design, assessment, and response to diverse student needs.
  • You will be able to demonstrate the understanding of professional behaviors based upon community culture expectations, integrity within relationships, and commitment to ongoing academic growth for self and your students.
  • You will develop and demonstrate highly competent communication skills in which making appropriate integrated learning experiences, including technology application, are delivered in a classroom setting designed to meet the needs of all learners.
  • You will be able to create a well-managed, inclusive learning environment, which demonstrates your understanding of the impact of positive teacher behavior and attitude within the educational setting.
  • You will cultivate student motivation by demonstrating creativity, enthusiasm, empathy, and genuine encouragement within a stimulating and inclusive environment.

Why should I come to Barclay College for an Elementary Education Degree?

“At Barclay, your professors get to know you and offer you personalized advice. As an Ed. Major, I loved the various hands-on opportunities I received to put into practice the skills I was learning—like the Math and Science camps, and the chance to tutor a student in Reading.” Hannah, Huggins, MO

“The student-teacher ratio is low with quality time with your professors. It is an outstanding program that will prepare you for your career in teaching and will provide you with a learning environment that is beneficial to you as a student.”  Nicole, Macksville, KS

“The program and your education is continuously being improved to enhance your career in teaching.” Victoria, Wichita, KS

“With the elementary education program at Barclay I have been able to do many fun and hands on activities. I did what we called “Focus Friday’s” with the Haviland Grade School. They do not have school on Friday’s except for the first Friday of every month where they would work on doing more interactive and fun things while learning. We partnered with them and was able to do different fun science activities on those Friday’s for a whole semester. I also was able to tutor a student in reading and that was great because I learned the importance of taking data and documenting everything. I plan to take these experiences with me into my classroom.” Rebekah, Argonia, KS

Barclay offers a hands-on, project based application of learning in Elementary Education. This format allows our candidates to practice teaching strategies during their courses and to see it in action during early field experiences starting with your first semester. Candidates are involved in a Reading and Math Camp and STEM Camp with community children and tutoring experiences in reading. Student Teaching experiences are offered in rural school districts that typically have small class sizes and master teachers to learn from with a great intention of making sure the placement is a best fit for both the student teacher and the cooperating teacher. Barclay is one of two colleges in Kansas that offer both Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) licensure and public school license through KSDE.

Barclay College

  • is one of two colleges in Kansas that has both ACSI accreditation and KSDE accreditation, leading to teaching licenses through both Christian and public schools.
  • provides training in dyslexia and beginning reading skills where candidates are taught how to teach beginning reading and provided the materials from the workshop through a donor.
  • includes student teaching placements in area school districts that typically have small class sizes and master teachers to learn from with a great intention of making sure the placement is a best fit for both the student teacher and the cooperating teacher
  • offers personal advising and career guidance.
  • does not require college algebra.
  • provides 100% of elementary education candidates who live on-campus with a 100% tuition discount scholarship for their degree.
  • has ensured that 100% of graduates have received public school and Christian school licensure.
  • 100% of graduates who have sought a full-time teaching position, have secured a job, either in the United States or in mission fields abroad with KSDE and/or ASCI licensure.

Education Courses Embed

  • Biblical insights into education
  • Early field experiences in great rural school districts
  • Reading & Math Camp experiences
  • STEM Camp experiences
  • Hands on projects and application of teaching skills and strategies
  • Technology for the 21st Century
  • Small class sizes with experienced faculty

How can I use an Elementary Education degree?

  • Kindergarten to Sixth Grade Teacher
  • Public Elementary Schools
  • Accredited Christian Schools
  • Mission Field Teacher
  • Orphanages
  • Missionary Schools
  • Bible School Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher

What are alums of the program doing?

  • Teaching in Kansas, Texas, and Washington in elementary, middle school, and special education classrooms
  • Teaching in ACSI elementary classrooms in Idaho, Colorado, and Texas
  • Teaching English as a Second Language in China
  • Teaching in Christian elementary schools in China

What is the career/job outlook?

Quick Facts: Kindergarten – Sixth Grade Elementary School Teachers
2018 Median Pay
$57,980 per year
Typical Entry-Level Education
Bachelor’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation
On-the-job Training
Number of Jobs, 2018
Job Outlook, 2018-28
3% (Slower than average)
Employment Change, 2018-28

Course Requirements

Samantha Palmer

B.A. Elementary Education
Liberty Middle School, Pratt, KS

Have questions about the Elementary Education Degree?

Chelle Leininger

Chair of Elementary Education

M.Div. Azusa Pacific University
M.S. School Counseling from Fort Hays State University
Kansas Teaching License
Candidate for Ed.D. Educational Leadership, Kansas State University


Career Outlook

* According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)


2018 median pay


job outlook*
Between 2018 and 2028

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Accredited Programs leading to KSDE and ASCI Licensure

  • Elementary Education K-6th grade

Minors Available

  • Missions
  • Psychology
  • Music – Worship Arts
  • Youth Ministry

Graduate agreements available

We have graduate agreements available that can be incorporated into your program of study beginning your junior year

  • Fort Hays State University – Master’s in School Counseling
  • Friends University – MEd in PK-12 Special Education

Accreditations and Awards

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