Elementary Education Degree and Career Information

Elementary teachers accompany inquisitive young minds on their first journey of discovery. Instructing young children requires effective management techniques and expertise in elementary education. You will develop both of these during your elementary education degree.

As an elementary education teacher, your love for children and teacher training will give you the background you need to foster your students' imagination and make the most of each teaching opportunity. And an elementary education degree program prepares you to be the kind of teacher your students will remember for years to come.

In addition to the elementary education degree and certification requirements discussed below, here are more articles that you might find useful:


Elementary Education Degree Programs

Your career in elementary education begins when you decide to get an elementary education degree. As an undergraduate student, you will focus on the following course components:

  • Core Academics — content knowledge in mathematics, language arts, history and science
  • Educational Psychology — classroom management and special situations
  • Specialty Area — often optional for elementary teachers, but good for your skill set, resume and career building

Online

Grand Canyon University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • B.S. in Elementary Education - English (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)

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Pacific Oaks College

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Education - Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (Calif-Online)

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University of Phoenix

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education

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Western Governors University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • M.A. Teaching (K-8)
  • Post-bacc Teacher Prep Prgm (K-8) (Online)

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Florida

Keiser University

Campuses: Sarasota

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

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Southwest Florida College

Campuses: Tampa

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's in Elementary Education

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Colorado

University of Phoenix

Campuses: Colorado Springs Downtown, Turnpike Learning Center, Colorado Main

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education/Social Studies

Hawaii

University of Phoenix

Campuses: Kapolei - Hawaii Learning Center, Hawaii

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education

Missouri

University of Phoenix

Campuses: Downtown St. Louis Learning Center, St. Louis

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education

Utah

University of Phoenix

Campuses: South Jordan Learning Center, North Davis Learning Center, Utah

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education

Arizona

University of Phoenix

Campuses: Mesa Learning Center, West Valley Learning Center, Northwest Learning Center - Phoenix, Phoenix Main

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education

Nevada

University of Phoenix

Campuses: Henderson Learning Center, Northwest Learning Center - Las Vegas, Las Vegas

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education

New Mexico

University of Phoenix

Campuses: Santa Teresa Learning Center, New Mexico

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education/Social Studies

New York

Medaille College

Campuses: Buffalo

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Education - Elementary Education

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Maryland

Loyola College in Maryland

Campuses: Baltimore

Degrees Offered:

  • Teacher Certification (1-8) - Elementary Education

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California

California Lutheran University

Campuses: Oxnard, Thousand Oaks

Degrees Offered:

  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential w/Master's option

Mount St. Mary's College

Campuses: Los Angeles

Degrees Offered:

  • Elementary (Multiple Subject) Credential

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School of Education at Biola University

Campuses: La Marida

Degrees Offered:

  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) - Multiple Subject

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Campus-based Elementary Education Degree Programs


Elementary Teacher Certification

Elementary teacher certification permits K—6 teachers to teach in public schools. Each state has its own certification criteria, but most require the following:

  • A bachelor's or master's from an elementary education degree program
  • Supervised student-teaching experience
  • Passing a state or national teaching exam, such as the Praxis™
  • Continuing education classes or completed post-graduate work within a certain time frame

There may be different ways for you to earn your elementary teaching certificate, depending on the state in which you want to teach. Find your state's certification requirements by exploring our state-by-state teacher education information, or find an accredited certification program below.

Online

Grand Canyon University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • B.S. in Elementary Education - English (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)

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Pacific Oaks College

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Education - Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (Calif-Online)

Request Info

University of Phoenix

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education

Request Info

Western Governors University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • M.A. Teaching (K-8)
  • Post-bacc Teacher Prep Prgm (K-8) (Online)

Request Info

Florida

Keiser University

Campuses: Sarasota

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

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Southwest Florida College

Campuses: Tampa

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's in Elementary Education

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Colorado

University of Phoenix

Campuses: Colorado Springs Downtown, Turnpike Learning Center, Colorado Main

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education/Social Studies

Hawaii

University of Phoenix

Campuses: Kapolei - Hawaii Learning Center, Hawaii

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education

Missouri

University of Phoenix

Campuses: Downtown St. Louis Learning Center, St. Louis

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education

Utah

University of Phoenix

Campuses: South Jordan Learning Center, North Davis Learning Center, Utah

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education

Arizona

University of Phoenix

Campuses: Mesa Learning Center, West Valley Learning Center, Northwest Learning Center - Phoenix, Phoenix Main

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education

Nevada

University of Phoenix

Campuses: Henderson Learning Center, Northwest Learning Center - Las Vegas, Las Vegas

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education

New Mexico

University of Phoenix

Campuses: Santa Teresa Learning Center, New Mexico

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education/Social Studies

New York

Medaille College

Campuses: Buffalo

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Education - Elementary Education

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Maryland

Loyola College in Maryland

Campuses: Baltimore

Degrees Offered:

  • Teacher Certification (1-8) - Elementary Education

Request Info

California

California Lutheran University

Campuses: Oxnard, Thousand Oaks

Degrees Offered:

  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential w/Master's option

Mount St. Mary's College

Campuses: Los Angeles

Degrees Offered:

  • Elementary (Multiple Subject) Credential

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School of Education at Biola University

Campuses: La Marida

Degrees Offered:

  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) - Multiple Subject

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Post-Graduate Elementary Education Degrees

Most states now require elementary teachers to have a master's degree, or to complete one at some point after their initial teacher certification. Regardless of your state's requirements, earning a master's degree in teaching or education can increase your earning potential, give you greater job opportunities, and help you lead your students to greater success. Well-trained teachers with post-graduate elementary education degrees can give students the foundation they need to succeed in middle school, high school, college and beyond.

Graduate-level programs focus on all aspects of elementary education, including the following:

  • Finding the best and most accessible teaching tools
  • Developing a quality curriculum that conforms to state standards
  • Learning to incorporate new technologies into the classroom
  • Overcoming individual students' psychological challenges

Find accredited master's degree programs in elementary education below. Request information and start on your path to academic excellence—both for you and for your students.

Online

Grand Canyon University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)

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Pacific Oaks College

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Education - Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (Calif-Online)

Request Info

Western Governors University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • M.A. Teaching (K-8)

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New York

Medaille College

Campuses: Buffalo

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Education - Elementary Education

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Maryland

Loyola College in Maryland

Campuses: Baltimore

Degrees Offered:

  • Teacher Certification (1-8) - Elementary Education

Request Info

California

California Lutheran University

Campuses: Oxnard, Thousand Oaks

Degrees Offered:

  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential w/Master's option

School of Education at Biola University

Campuses: La Marida

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) - Multiple Subject

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