Childhood Education (P-6)

Early Childhood and Elementary Education (P-6)

Early Childhood & Elementary Education P-6 Program Plan

Early Childhood Education (P-3) Course Sequence

Elementary Education Course Sequence

Program Description

You can do the most important job on the planet — teaching a child to read and to wonder and to see the world. What greater satisfaction could there be than watching children’s minds and imaginations flower as you teach them reading, writing, science, math, and social studies?

In AUM’s Childhood Education program, you’ll get certified in either Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education or both, qualifying you to teach children from birth through grade 6. You’ll go from our classroom to your own classroom with a practicum under expert supervision in AUM’s own Early Learning Center, an internship under a local expert teacher, and hundreds of hours of supervised field experiences in local schools to practice what you’re learning in your teaching methods courses.

Program Overview & Plans of Study

In the AUM College of Education’s Childhood Education degree program, the Curriculum, Instruction and Technology (CIT) department prepares students for teaching children from birth through grade 6. Early Childhood prepares students to teach birth through grade 3, while Elementary prepares students to teach Kindergarten through grade 6.

Students may elect to choose from the following degree options:

  • Elementary Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary & Early Childhood Education

These degrees prepare students to become leaders as future public or private classroom teachers, daycare teachers or directors, tutors and educational publishing consultants. These programs are clinically-based, with a multitude of experience in schools, to ensure quality students who are prepared to impact learning in diverse environments.

For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.


The first transition point in the teacher education program is admission to Professional Education. Each undergraduate candidate preparing to teach and pursuing initial teacher certification must be admitted to Professional Education.


The second transition point in the teacher education program is approval to intern. This practical, pre-service teacher education is vital to the development of the AUM teacher candidate.  Internships are an excellent way for students to hone their skills and talents.


The Praxis Series® tests are taken by individuals entering the teaching profession as part of the certification process required by many states and professional licensing organizations.  Ask us about AUM’s PRAXIS results!

Points of Pride

  • Students get hands-on experience teaching children from the community in AUM’s on-campus Early Learning Center,
  • Students earn two teaching certifications — Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education.
  • Students have exotic opportunities such as developing science lesson plans in Costa Rican rain forests.
  • AUMazing Educators society for all Education majors builds a community of support, friendship, and camaraderie while you pursue your degree.
  • All faculty in this program have experience teaching in the P-6 school environment, giving students unique access to their experience and expertise.
  • You’ll gain 300+ hours of hands-on teaching experience before your final internship. Practical field experience is included with each methods course (such as methods of teaching math, etc.). Students go to area schools with their professors and work with experienced teachers and then have a chance to practice what they are learning.
  • Internationally recognized faculty who have won numerous awards, including an Excellence in Teaching Award from Sigma Alpha Pi (national society of leadership and success), Primary School Teacher of the Year Award (Montgomery Public Schools), WSFA Class Act Award, and Delta Pi Epsilon Outstanding Doctoral Research Award, and College of Education Excellence in Teaching Award.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

With growth projected to be 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, the job outlook for in education, training, and library occupations is about average. The most recent median annual wage for all education, training, and library occupations was $46,669 — higher than the average median wage for all occupations.

 U.S Bureau of Labor statistic sample 
JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2024
Elementary/kindergarten teacher$53,760 per year6% (87,800 more jobs)​
Preschool and childcare center directors$45,670 per year7% (4,200 more jobs)

For More Information

Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology

Auburn University at Montgomery

Education Building 309


Soaring Warhawks

  • Benita Taylor teaches at Redland Elementary School in Wetumpka and was a Golden Apple Teaching Award Recipient in the 2015-16 school year.
  • Cheyanne Barrett, a sixth-grade teacher at Holtville Elementary School, won a $5,000 grant when her students submitted an original app to the Verizon Innovative App Challenge.
  • Tonya Till teaches Pre-K for the Bright Beginnings program at Georgiana School (Georgiana, Alabama), where she was named the 2014-2015 Elementary Teacher of the Year.
  • Monica Ousely is a Science Education Specialist for the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative at the Alabama Department of Education.
  • Maria Reuter recently accepted a teaching position with Teach for America. She’ll be an English Language Learner instructor in a charter school in the Nashville area.
  • Amy Ingram is the UNIV Program Manager at Auburn University at Montgomery.

Elementary Education and
Early Childhood Education

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