Online Associate Degrees in Education

An online associate degree in education may prepare individuals with a basic understanding of teaching methods and education theories. In this two-year program, students may learn how to reinforce lessons, supervise students, and maintain education records. Possible areas of concentration may include early childhood education, secondary education, and elementary education.

Upon graduation, students may seek entry-level employment or enroll in an education baccalaureate degree program. Associate-level graduates may gain employment in public schools, private schools, and childcare centers.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Program Length: Two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Bachelor’s Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 15% (2010-2020)*

Program Concentrations

An associate-level education degree program may consist of select general education requirements alongside specialized electives in the student’s chosen area of concentration. Students may take courses such as principles of education, educational psychology, and classroom management. Possible areas of concentration for an associate degree in education may include the following:

  • Elementary/Middle Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Special Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Physical Education

Career Options

Associate-level graduates may gain employment in public schools, child development centers, private schools, faith based schools, and preschools. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, teacher assistant employment opportunities are projected to increase by 15% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Teacher Assistant
  • Paraprofessional
  • Teacher’s Aide
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Childcare Worker

Continuing Education

Students who successfully complete an online associate-level education degree may wish to continue their education by transferring to a baccalaureate-level education degree program. A bachelor’s degree in education may equip students with advanced teaching techniques which may lead to teacher licensure. Employers may require an associate degree at minimum for certain education employment.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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