Online Bachelor of Arts in Education – Early Childhood/Elementary Education Apprentice

Become a teacher of record in this program designed specifically for para educators.


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Online Bachelor of Arts in Education – Early Childhood/Elementary Education Apprentice

Become a teacher of record in this program designed specifically for para educators.

Online Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education/ Elementary Education

Go from Para Educator to teacher of record in a shortened time with Wichita State University’s Teacher Apprentice ProgramTM. Prepare for licensure as a Kansas teacher with online coursework, specially designed for para educators to earn their Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Unified/Elementary education.

This program is in collaboration with Kansas community colleges and technical schools, leads to licensure only in the state of Kansas, and does not guarantee licensure outside of Kansas. This degree is conferred in Kansas, students enrolling in this program must refer to the licensing agency and requirements in their own state.

Career Opportunities

The Online BA in Early Childhood Education/Elementary Education prepares you for licensure in the following areas:

  • Early Childhood Unified (Birth-3rd Grade)
  • Elementary Education (K-6th Grade)
  • Early Childhood Unified AND Elementary Education

All students who complete this program are eligible for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement.

120 Credit Hours

$263.88 per credit hour

*Does not include college and department fees, as these vary based on major and credits enrolled. The tuition and fees listed are subject to change by action of the Kansas Board of Regents.

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Transfer your credits from accredited institutions to finish faster.

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

In order to be admitted to WSU’s Teacher Apprentice ProgramTM, qualified students must:

  • Be employed as a Para Educator
  • Meet GPA requirement of 2.0 overall (if you do not meet this, please contact your academic advisor)
  • Be admitted to WSU as an adult learner or transfer student

Tuition & Financial Aid

We know that cost, value, affordability, scholarships and financial aid are important factors in the higher education search process. We're proud that WSU is one of the most affordable accredited research institutions in the state of Kansas.

Note: This program is financial aid-eligible, meaning that once you have completed your application for admission, you can work with the Financial Aid team on everything from completing your FAFSA to setting up a payment plan or asking your employer for tuition assistance. 

Student Services & Support

At Wichita State University, your dedicated and accessible Enrollment Specialist will guide you through the application process and will advise you through credit transfer, enrollment, and more.

The OneStop portal provides access to WSU’s student services, 24/7/365. With one call or click, our dedicated agents will provide the help you need regarding registration, financial aid, student accounts, admissions, and tech support. 

“I would recommend WSU’s program above any other online programs I have researched or looked into. The instructors are of the highest quality, and for the most part extremely willing to help dedicated students out in any way that they can. WSU’s online Program, as well as the online Advising Department are a couple of the best things to ever enter my life.”


Practice Meets Potential at Wichita State University

At Wichita State University, students learn how to translate classroom potential into career success. That's why WSU is committed to advancing students toward their goals every step of the way – from in-demand undergraduate and graduate degree programs to engaging online coursework, top-notch student support, and access to affordable programs with proven career outcomes.

With a generous transfer policy and 200+ program offerings in career-driven fields, students can pursue a professional path in the private or public sector, healthcare, business, the arts, and beyond. With a degree from WSU, student success translates to career advancement, leadership, and growth potential in your field of choice.

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