B.Sc. On Campus

Early, Special and Elementary Education

48 months
36724 USD/year
36724 USD/year
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Samford University’s nationally recognized Early, Special and Elementary Education program is designed to prepare students to teach a wide age range of children in a variety of grades. Students are afforded varied and diverse opportunities in authentic settings to gain the necessary knowledge, practical skills and professional dispositions required of today’s teachers.


Samford students pursuing this degree will earn Alabama teaching certificates in four areas:

  • Early Childhood Education (Preschool-3rd grade)
  • Early Childhood Special Education (Preschool-3rd grade)
  • Elementary Education (Kindergarten-6th grade)
  • Elementary Collaborative Special Education (Kindergarten-6th grade)

Objectives & Goals

Students in the Early, Special and Elementary Education teacher education program from Samford University will engage in coursework throughout the program to build a knowledge base in theoretical understanding of elementary education, early childhood education and special education. During a student’s time at Samford, practical teaching skills to promote student learning will be developed through extensive field experiences at schools and other learning settings. Professional dispositions encompassing values, commitments and ethics will be established and expanded while in the ESEC teacher education program.

Career Preparation

Graduates of the ESEC teacher education program are well-prepared and certified to teach in many settings across age groups and grade levels spanning preschool through 6th grade. ESEC program graduates are qualified to teach in a general classroom setting with expertise serving special needs students grades preschool through 6th grade. The ESEC program also prepares students to be skilled special education teachers prepared to teach preschool through 6th grade.

Career Opportunities

  • Preschool teacher
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • Early Childhood teacher
  • Textbook and Instructional Materials Sales Representative
  • Educational consultant
  • Youth detention center teacher
  • Owner of a tutoring business
  • HeadStart or daycare teacher
  • Facilitator of teacher training courses for a college, university, K-12 school (public or private)
  • Online K-12 instructor
  • Corporate Trainer & Professional Development Specialist
  • Testing company administrator
  • Department of Education professional
  • Think-tank associate
  • Researcher
  • Lobbyist
  • Textbook author or editor
  • Reporter
  • Educational Blogger
  • School planter
  • Museum educator or activities director
  • Health educator
  • Private tutor
  • Teacher contracted for homeschooled or homebound student
  • Teach abroad
  • Admissions Counselors or Academic Advisor
  • Residence Hall Director
  • Disability Services Coordinator
  • College Student Activities Director
  • Adult Literacy and GED Instructor
  • After School Programming Coordinator
  • Public Relationships Specialist
  • Church or Temple Children's Ministry Coordinator
  • Daycare or Camp Manager
  • Director of the Multi-Cultural Center
  • Learning Center Instructor
  • International Students Advisor
  • Education recruiter for university or college
  • Non-profit Director
  • Recreation Director
  • Youth Director
  • Community Relations Director
  • Course designer
  • Education Program Director (zoo, museum, park, cruise ship, resort, historic parks/sites

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Foundations of Education
  • Issues and Trends in Special Education
  • Integrated Arts in the Elementary School Classroom
  • Health & Physical Education for Elementary School Teachers
  • Foundations and Applications of Effective Planning & Instruction
  • Teaching Language Arts in the Early Childhood & Elementary Classroom

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


134 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed International Undergraduate Application
  • $40 application fee
  • Official government documentation (passport, visa)
  • Documentation for financial support (bank statement, minimum balance $42,120)
  • Translated and notarized transcript (if your high school study was done abroad)
  • WES Course by Course Evaluation
  • ECE Course by Course Evaluation
  • Personal essay
  • Letter of recommendation
  • English proficiency tests
  • ACT/SAT scores (student may request waiver)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    36724 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 36724 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    36724 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 36724 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Homewood

850 - 1300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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