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You’ll be the Teacher They Remember
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:
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.
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.
Points of Pride
Customize Your Concentration
Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth
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.
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.
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.
Is a Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education right for me?
With this bachelor’s degree as your educational foundation, you have many career possibilities.
|Career/Job Title||Entry-level Education||Job Growth 2020-2030||Annual Median Salary|
|Preschool Teacher||Associate’s degree (bachelor’s preferred)||18% (Much faster than average)||$31,930|
|Instructional Coordinator||Master’s degree||10% (As fast as average)||$66,970|
|Kindergarten and Elementary School Teacher||Bachelor’s degree||7% (As fast as average)||$60,660|
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.
College of Education
At the AUM College of Education, you will have powerful learning experiences, working side by side with professors who have real-world experience.
To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.
Official Name of the Early Childhood/Elementary Education Degree
Bachelor of Science in Education — Concentration in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education (or both)
This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.
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.
|Course Number||Course Name||What you will know…|
|ELEM 3000||Methods of Teaching Creative Arts||Learn art and music teaching techniques for grades K-6.|
|ELEM 4000||Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics||You’ll learn how to teach math in elementary school through lecture and on-site field experiences.|
|ECHE 3100||Methods of Teaching the Very Young Child||Learn the foundations of how to teach children from birth to three years of age. Field experiences are provided.|
|ECHE 4203||Families and Communities||This course focuses on diverse needs of the child in family, school and community—considering diverse cultures, abilities and language.|