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Online Bachelor's in Elementary Education Degree Requirements

As part of University of the Cumberlands’ Bachelor's in Elementary Education online degree requirements, each student must complete at least 128 semester hours, including those within the major and the coursework required to fulfill the degree requirements within:

  • General Education
  • P-5 Professional Education Courses
  • Elective Courses related to an Academic Emphasis Area

General Education Sections

  • The English Language
  • Christian Faith and Values
  • Natural and Mathematical Sciences
  • Cultural and Aesthetic Values
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences

P-5 Professional Education Courses

Required Courses for the Online Elementary Education Degree:

The University of the Cumberlands’ online elementary education degree requires a minimum of 72 semester hours. A number of degree requirements will have been met by transfer students through the Educator Preparation programs currently in place in the Kentucky Community College system. The following are courses that will typically be taken at the University of the Cumberlands.

P-5 Professional Education Courses – 42 credit hours

The following may not be taken prior to admission to Teacher Education

Required Related Studies – 27 credit

Academic Emphasis Area – 21-23 hours in one area of emphasis to be chosen from the below or transfer coursework.

For admission to the Teacher of Education Online Program, a 2.75 G.P.A. (overall, in professional education courses, and in major/minor/specialty and emphasis areas) is required in addition to other Pillar I requirements.

Interdisciplinary Studies - 23 credit hours

Required Courses


The courses chosen as electives cannot have been taken for General Education credit. Some of the courses are taught in a rotation of semesters. Refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for the semesters courses are to be offered. A minimum of nine (9) semester hours may be chosen from the following courses, NO TWO WITH THE SAME PREFIX. Candidates may need to choose an additional elective from the following options in order to meet graduation requirements.

*Though all of these courses are elective options, all of the above courses may not be offered in an online format through UCumberlands Online. 

Social and Behavioral Studies - 21 credit hours

General Education Requirements

For a full list of course offerings, visit our Academic Catalog page.