Early Childhood/Elementary Education

You’ll be the Teacher They Remember

Bachelor of Science—Concentration in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education (or both)

Transforming young minds for a future they can’t yet imagine is the work of educators who specialize in teaching through the sixth grade. It’s important and rewarding work for people who have the passion to serve and the training to prepare them for it.

In AUM’s bachelor’s degree childhood education program, you’ll have three degree options, allowing you to get certified in:

  • Early Childhood Education (P-3)
  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education 

To prepare, you’ll go from our classroom to your own classroom with a practicum under expert supervision in AUM’s own Early Learning Center, or one of our local schools. You’ll also perform an internship under a local expert teacher and gain hundreds of hours of supervised field experiences in local schools to practice what you’re learning in your teaching methods courses.

You’ll learn under internationally recognized AUM faculty who have won awards such as the Excellence in Teaching award from Sigma Alpha Pi, Primary School Teacher of the Year award from Montgomery Public Schools, the College of Education Excellence in Teaching award, and more.

Learn more about professional education requirements, teacher certification and other program information. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with a College of Education academic advisor.

The Know How

What you will know with an Early Childhood/Elementary Education degree from AUM


The best teachers are curious and develop a love of learning. Throughout your career, you’ll stay current with subject knowledge and changes in education—both informally and through professional development classes and conferences.


Our caring and experienced faculty will help prepare you to serve students with a variety of backgrounds, personalities, and learning styles.


You’ll get practical, hands-on experience at the AUM Early Learning Center, through an internship under a local expert teacher, and via field experiences in local schools.


A teacher should not be a “glass half empty” type of person. Teachers have to be resilient and diligent, and the reason is because the students’ futures depend on it. Optimism is a key element to becoming a successful teacher.


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What types of jobs can I get with this degree?

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Why should I become an elementary school teacher?

Elementary teachers are vital to society, given that they help format and teach the building blocks of education. Teaching the basics of reading and math may seem boring to some, but students will use and build on these skills throughout the rest of their lives.

What skills or qualities do elementary teachers need?

In addition to patience, organizational skills, and a calm personality, it helps to be creative. Whether designing interesting worksheets or creating interactive lesson plans, you can use your creative skills to help children open their minds.

What is the difference between “early childhood” and “elementary” education?

Teachers trained in early childhood education are qualified to teach kids from birth through third grade. Those trained in elementary education specialize in grades four through six. This program allows you to focus on one of the specializations or both.


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Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth

With this bachelor’s degree as your educational foundation, you have many career possibilities.
Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Career/Job TitleEntry-level EducationJob Growth 2020-2030Annual Median Salary
Preschool TeacherAssociate’s degree (bachelor’s preferred)18% (Much faster than average)$31,930
Instructional CoordinatorMaster’s degree10% (As fast as average)$66,970
Kindergarten and Elementary School TeacherBachelor’s degree7% (As fast as average)$60,660

Quick Facts

At the AUM College of Education, you will have powerful learning experiences, working side by side with professors who have real-world experience.

Our academic departments include  the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology, the Department of Kinesiology, and the Department of Counselor, Leadership and Special Education.

To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.

Bachelor of Science—Concentration in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education (or both)


Required Courses

To complete this degree concentration, you will need to complete courses in the university core, education, and electives. Contact the College of Education for a current listing of courses required to complete this program. 

The course listings below are only a few of the classes this track requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.

Course NumberCourse NameWhat you will know…
ELEM 3000Methods of Teaching Creative ArtsLearn art and music teaching techniques for grades K-6.
ELEM 4000Methods of Teaching Elementary MathematicsYou’ll learn how to teach math in elementary school through lecture and on-site field experiences.
ECHE 3100Methods of Teaching the Very Young ChildLearn the foundations of how to teach children from birth to three years of age. Field experiences are provided.
ECHE 4203Families and CommunitiesThis course focuses on diverse needs of the child in family, school and community—considering diverse cultures, abilities and language.

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