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Associate Degree

Elementary Education

An affordable path to prepare for a career in Elementary Education, this associate’s program transfers to a bachelor’s degree.

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The Elementary Education program prepares students for transfer to education programs at four-year institutions. It provides students with fundamental knowledge, competencies, and skills necessary to teach by emphasizing contemporary theory and research. Students participate in diverse field experiences and receive the additional content preparation in mathematics and life, earth and physical science deemed necessary for educators of young children.

Core Curriculum Requirements for the AA Degree

Core Curriculum Requirements for the AS Degree

Elementary Education Degree Requirements

Career Paths

Career and Technical Education Teachers
Career and technical education teachers instruct students in various technical and vocational subjects, such as auto repair, healthcare, and culinary arts.
Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals
Elementary, middle, and high school principals oversee all school operations, including daily school activities.
Instructional Coordinators
Instructional coordinators oversee school curriculums and teaching standards. They develop instructional material, implement it, and assess its effectiveness.
Middle School Teachers
Middle school teachers educate students, typically in sixth through eighth grades.
Social Workers
Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives.
Special Education Teachers
Special education teachers work with students who have a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, and physical disabilities.

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Students will examine and understand the issues facing schools in today’s diverse society, including socioeconomic distinctions, gender, race, ethnicity, special education and the changing standards for future educators.

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Students will explain the implications of current issues and trends relating to the education profession community for classroom practice.

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Students will analyze specific psychological theories by examining teaching and learning processes.

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About

The Elementary Education program prepares students for transfer to education programs at four-year institutions. It provides students with fundamental knowledge, competencies, and skills necessary to teach by emphasizing contemporary theory and research. Students participate in diverse field experiences and receive the additional content preparation in mathematics and life, earth and physical science deemed necessary for educators of young children.

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Program Benefits

Students graduating with an Associate Degree in Elementary Education are qualified to become paraprofessionals (with an exam), teacher assistants, library assistants, day care instructors, etc. In addition, students will amass transferrable skills in communication, time management, critical thinking, problem solving, planning/organization, leadership, and interpersonal skills. Students graduating with a 4-year degree in early childhood education and passing the Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) exam (this type of test has a different name for each state) will be qualified to teach in grades PreK-5th grade. In addition, students with this degree may work as a day care instructor, tutor, GED instructor, vocational education instructor, pre-school instructor, be a presenter for a textbook or children’s toy company or an educational vendor/company. Students may obtain additional education (Master’s Degree, Specialist Degree, Doctorate Degree) or certificates in areas such as counseling, technology, media, English as a Second Language (ESOL), and special education in order to become school administrators, counselors, instructional technologists, librarians, ESOL teachers, or special education teachers.

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Program Cost

Average Cost for Degree:

$13,965 – $15,141

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Humanities and Education Division Chair:

Degree Program Coordinator:

June Underwood, junderwood@gmc.edu

Humanities and Education Division Chair:

AnaLisa Ciuffetelli, aciuffetelli@gmc.edu

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Mar 21, 2022

Jun 06, 2022

Mar 21, 2022

Jun 06, 2022

Register by: Mar 21, 2022
Register by: May 22, 2022

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