Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (K-6)

The partnership program allows students to complete all freshman and sophomore classes at North Arkansas College and junior and senior level classes online through Arkansas Tech University, leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from ATU. This degree leads to a public school teaching license in grades K-6 through the Arkansas Department of Education. This partnership provides an opportunity for students to complete a degree without having to travel long distances from their homes.

Presently, this program is only offered to students seeking future employment as a teacher of grades kindergarten through 6th grade. Elementary Education candidates can complete 60 transferrable hours at Northark and 60 hours through ATU, including the required internship to complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.

Elementary school practicums and internships can be completed in local schools.

Students can apply for financial aid at Northark until the required courses are completed at the college. When a student begins online courses through ATU, financial aid must be applied for through that university.

Students are encouraged to complete the EDUC 1213 Education Professions early in their coursework to make sure that the student is truly interested in the field of education and also because it is a prerequisite course for all of the ATU courses. In addition to regular coursework, the EDUC 1213 class requires 30 clock hours be spent in local public schools.

ATU does not require Northark students to obtain an Associate’s degree before transferring to ATU. However, completing the required courses at Northark will also satisfy the requirements for both the Associate of Arts (AA) degree in General Studies and an Associate of Science in Education (ASE) degree from Northark.

Students interested in obtaining more information about this degree program should contact Program Advisor JoAnn Walden to receive a degree plan checklist of required courses. Contact Walden at or 870-391-3346.