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General Education & Transfer Studies

Elementary Education

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.

Become an elementary school teacher.

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.

QUICK FACTS

Kindergarten & Elementary School Teachers

2019 Median Pay
$59,420 per year

Number of Jobs
1,569,000 in 2018

Job Outlook
2018-2028 Positive Growth

Average employment growth.

For the most current salary information, please refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics “Occupational Outlook Handbook” found online at bls.gov/ooh/.

Admission Requirements

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.

Potential Employment

  • Kindergarten school teachers
  • Elementary school teachers

Career Outlook: projected positive job growth from 2018 to 2028

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.

Want to learn more about this program?
Interested in learning more about the MCTC program? Send us a message and talk to our program coordinator.
Sarah C. Dick
Interim Dean - Liberal Arts and Transfer Studies Division

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