Online Associate Degrees in Elementary Education

An online associate degree in elementary education may provide students with the training and skills needed to assist teachers in an elementary classroom. In this two-year program, students may learn how to reinforce teacher-led lessons, assist special needs students, and help teachers with record keeping. The coursework for these programs may include some general education requirements along with major-specific courses such as introduction to education, behavior management, and classroom relationships.

Graduates may either pursue entry-level employment or pursue their teacher licensure by enrolling in a baccalaureate degree program. Associate-level graduates may find employment in public schools, private schools, Montessori schools, private tutoring programs, and charter school districts.

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 Coursework

The curriculum for associate-level education degree programs may integrate required general education courses and core elementary education courses. These classes may teach students how to manage a classroom, plan lessons, and evaluate student’s strengths and abilities. Core elementary education course may include the following:

  • Introduction to Education
  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Cultural Values in Education
  • Math for Elementary School Teachers
  • Relationships in the Classroom
  • Behavior Management
  • Child Development

Career Options

Associate-level graduates may explore career opportunities in private schools, public school districts, childcare facilities, charter schools, and Montessori schools. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in elementary education are expected to increase by 15% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Para-educator
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Teacher’s Aide
  • Childcare Worker
  • Private Tutor

Continuing Education

Those who complete an associate degree in elementary education may wish to further their education by transferring in to a four-year baccalaureate degree program. A bachelor’s degree in elementary education may provide students with further curriculum and instruction techniques which may allow for teacher licensure. Employers may require a bachelor’s degree at minimum along with licensure to be eligible for full-time teaching positions.

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

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