General Education & Transfer Studies
Associate of Arts • 65 Credit Hours
The Associate of Arts (AA) degree with a concentration in Elementary Education serves as a foundation for continued studies in education at a four-year institution.
The Associate of Arts (AA) degree with a concentration in Elementary Education serves as a foundation for continued studies in education at a four-year institution. In addition to achieving general education credits, this associate degree concentration will help students gain knowledge and skills in child development, education theory, and diversity in the classroom. This concentration will also prepare students to be a paraprofessional in education.
Kindergarten & Elementary School Teachers
2019 Median Pay
$59,420 per year
Number of Jobs
1,569,000 in 2018
2018-2028 Positive Growth
Average employment growth.
The college adheres to an open admission policy which means applications with a high school diploma or GED are eligible for admission. Applicants with neither a high school diploma nor GED may be admitted on a conditional basis.
Students pursuing an education degree generally work as a teacher with children kindergarten through sixth grade or in secondary education, which requires a bachelor’s degree in education. Students completing the associate of arts degree without pursuing a bachelor’s degree, may obtain employment as a professional in elementary or secondary education.
Overall employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2018 to 2028. Rising student enrollment should increase demand for kindergarten and elementary teachers, but employment growth will vary by region.
The number of students enrolling in public kindergarten and elementary schools is expected to increase over the coming decade, and the number of classes needed to accommodate these students should rise. As a result, more teachers will be needed to teach public kindergarten and elementary school students.