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The impact of an elementary school teacher during the early and formative years of a child's life is significant from both an intellectual and social development perspective. From impacting their self-image to affecting their success or failure in school or work to their personal lives, Teachers play a critical role.

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Elementary Teacher Education Schools and Courses

Elementary school teachers are required to have at least a bachelor's degree and a state or national teaching license. In addition to degree programs from brick-and-mortar colleges and universities, programs leading to teaching degrees are also available through online programs. Prior to obtaining a degree, many elementary education majors complete a student-teaching internship at an elementary school.

The courses that are traditionally undertaken by students are unique to the subject that you want to teach. Such courses include, but are not limited to:

  • Social and physical sciences
  • Math
  • Music
  • Art
  • Literature
  • Psychology of learning
  • Philosophy of education

Once you have a bachelor's degree, you may also get certified to teach a specific subject or pursue teaching jobs in private schools. A license from the State Board of Education or from a licensure advisory committee is typically also required, depending on where you plan to teach.

Accreditation is usually very important when choosing an elementary education school. The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) accredits teacher education programs. To maintain accreditation, these programs are required to include instruction in computer use and various technologies; and, many programs also require student-teaching internships. While it is not necessary for a student to graduate from an accredited program, it makes for a smoother process when the time comes to fulfilling requirements for licensure.

In many states today, professional development schools are also available, which have partnerships established between elementary or secondary schools and universities. Blending practice with theory, these schools offer the bachelor degree graduate an opportunity to enter into a one-year program where they will experience firsthand what it is like to teach (under the guidance and supervision of a professional).

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Regular Teacher Licensing

The State Board of Education or a licensing advisory committee generally grants licensing. While licensing is not a requirement for teachers in most private schools, it is required in all states and the District of Columbia for those teaching in public schools.

Regular licensing requirements vary by state, but all states require general education teachers to achieve:

  • A four-year bachelor's degree
  • Approved teacher-training program that includes a required number of subject and education credits
  • Supervised practice teaching

Some states require training in technology and a minimum grade point average; others require an individual to achieve a master's degree in education within a specific window of time after they have begun formal teaching.

Nearly all states require competency testing in basic/fundamental skills (e.g., reading, writing, teaching), as well as proof of proficiency in the subject taught by the teacher. This applies to all applicants looking to secure a teacher's license. Many states have agreements that are reciprocal in nature, whereby teachers who are licensed in one state can easily become licensed in another. Most states require teachers who are seeking license renewal to complete a specific (or minimum) number of hours in continuing education.

Alternative Teacher Licensing

The main intent of an alternative licensing program is to attract people who do not fulfill traditional licensing standards into the teaching profession. For example, this would be relevant if you wanted to switch from a current career into teaching, or you're a new grad who lacks completion of education programs.

With some programs, an individual may start teaching immediately with a temporary license, while under close supervision of a licensed and experienced educator(s), while simultaneously attending required education courses. Those who make positive progress may, after working one or two years, qualify for a regular license. Then, there are other programs where a new college graduate will complete the required education courses (one or two full-time semesters) and then become eligible for licensure.

It's important to note that, in general, private school institutions are not obliged to meet state licensing requirements.

Teaching Certification

Teachers who wish to obtain professional certification as an endorsement of qualification and competency beyond that required for regular licensing may do so through voluntary, national certification offered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Not only is the NBPTS certification recognized by all states, several offer various benefits to Teachers who possess this certification (e.g., reimbursement for fees related to continuing education and certification, and higher salaries). Certification requires the applicant to pass a written assessment and evaluation that focuses on their teaching knowledge, as well as the presentation of a portfolio that illustrates their classroom work.


Resources for Elementary School Teachers


Sources:

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/kindergarten-and-elementary-school-teachers.htm#tab-1
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Elementary School Teachers, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252021.htm

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Elementary School Teachers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Elementary School Teachers jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 7770 $51,680
Hoover 7770 $51,680
Huntsville 2100 $53,150
Montgomery 1820 $49,260
Mobile 1410 $45,730
Tuscaloosa 1130 $47,080
Foley 1020 $49,490
Daphne 1020 $49,490
Fairhope 1020 $49,490
Dothan 840 $46,680
Decatur 830 $52,510
Anniston 660 $48,370
Jacksonville 660 $48,370
Oxford 660 $48,370
Muscle Shoals 610 $48,530
Florence 610 $48,530
Gadsden 450 $46,430
Opelika 400 $50,530
Auburn 400 $50,530
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 1710 $74,980
Fairbanks 120 $110,420
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mesa 15010 $42,110
Phoenix 15010 $42,110
Scottsdale 15010 $42,110
Tucson 2950 $38,080
Yuma 960 $38,990
Flagstaff 520 $41,910
Lake Havasu City 480 $36,620
Kingman 480 $36,620
Prescott 440 $41,190
Sierra Vista 400 $39,450
Douglas 400 $39,450
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 2690 $49,320
North Little Rock 2690 $49,320
Little Rock 2690 $49,320
Jonesboro 560 $45,460
Hot Springs 310 $51,410
Pine Bluff -2222 $42,670
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 43080 $76,800
Los Angeles 43080 $76,800
Long Beach 43080 $76,800
Riverside 18120 $81,320
San Bernardino 18120 $81,320
Ontario 18120 $81,320
Hayward 17880 $73,940
Oakland 17880 $73,940
San Francisco 17880 $73,940
Carlsbad 11340 $70,850
San Diego 11340 $70,850
San Jose 9750 $73,020
Santa Clara 9750 $73,020
Sunnyvale 9750 $73,020
Sacramento 6550 $71,260
Arden 6550 $71,260
Arcade 6550 $71,260
Roseville 6550 $71,260
Bakersfield 4960 $66,350
Thousand Oaks 4060 $74,260
Ventura 4060 $74,260
Oxnard 4060 $74,260
Fresno 3620 $72,790
Stockton 3270 $70,680
Lodi 3270 $70,680
Salinas 3080 $74,110
Santa Rosa 2210 $70,120
Santa Barbara 2100 $71,920
Santa Maria 2100 $71,920
Modesto 2060 $80,100
Visalia 1870 $69,080
Porterville 1870 $69,080
Merced 1690 $71,340
Fairfield 1200 $64,690
Vallejo 1200 $64,690
El Centro 1200 $74,660
Yuba City 1160 $74,380
Redding 960 $65,860
Corcoran 890 $73,650
Hanford 890 $73,650
Paso Robles 860 $71,530
Arroyo Grande 860 $71,530
San Luis Obispo 860 $71,530
Madera 850 $73,060
Napa 770 $73,000
Chico 670 $51,030
Watsonville 640 $65,630
Santa Cruz 640 $65,630
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 12960 $52,070
Denver 12960 $52,070
Lakewood 12960 $52,070
Colorado Springs 3850 $44,820
Boulder 1770 $58,970
Fort Collins 1500 $50,810
Greeley 1230 $44,830
Pueblo 710 $44,780
Grand Junction 670 $45,720
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 5680 $74,650
West Hartford 5680 $74,650
Hartford 5680 $74,650
Stamford 4680 $79,880
Norwalk 4680 $79,880
Bridgeport 4680 $79,880
New Haven 3410 $73,010
Waterbury 1020 $82,080
Danbury 990 $81,450
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 750 $56,730
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 19960 $47,790
Miami 19960 $47,790
Fort Lauderdale 19960 $47,790
St. Petersburg 11370 $44,620
Clearwater 11370 $44,620
Tampa 11370 $44,620
Kissimmee 9610 $46,270
Orlando 9610 $46,270
Sanford 9610 $46,270
Jacksonville 5660 $52,440
North Port 2610 $47,060
Bradenton 2610 $47,060
Sarasota 2610 $47,060
Winter Haven 2500 $45,540
Lakeland 2500 $45,540
Brent 2280 $46,390
Pensacola 2280 $46,390
Ferry Pass 2280 $46,390
Fort Myers 2220 $47,310
Cape Coral 2220 $47,310
Daytona Beach 2170 $39,740
Deltona 2170 $39,740
Ormond Beach 2170 $39,740
Melbourne 2000 $43,630
Titusville 2000 $43,630
Palm Bay 2000 $43,630
Port St. Lucie 1730 $44,700
Tallahassee 1370 $43,800
Marco Island 1320 $49,090
Immokalee 1320 $49,090
Naples 1320 $49,090
Gainesville 990 $42,190
Crestview 840 $48,990
Fort Walton Beach 840 $48,990
Destin 840 $48,990
Panama City 740 $-1,111
Vero Beach 640 $46,580
Sebastian 640 $46,580
Ocala -2222 $38,910
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sandy Springs 29310 $55,480
Atlanta 29310 $55,480
Roswell 29310 $55,480
Savannah 1640 $52,570
Gainesville 1370 $54,790
Athens 1190 $58,360
Clarke County 1190 $58,360
Macon 1040 $49,700
Albany 640 $54,950
Brunswick 520 $65,270
Valdosta 500 $49,360
Warner Robins -2222 $54,660
Hinesville -2222 $69,270
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 4840 $57,250
Lahaina 520 $54,740
Wailuku 520 $54,740
Kahului 520 $54,740
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 2740 $47,030
Coeur d'Alene 770 $47,160
Idaho Falls 680 $41,780
Pocatello -2222 $41,020
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rockford 2020 $77,160
Peoria 1990 $43,830
Bloomington 1450 $54,920
Champaign 1280 $46,540
Urbana 1280 $46,540
Springfield 1070 $54,240
Kankakee 670 $59,530
Marion 640 $47,500
Carbondale 640 $47,500
Decatur 540 $42,490
Danville 420 $42,750
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 8150 $48,870
Anderson 8150 $48,870
Carmel 8150 $48,870
Fort Wayne 1670 $47,620
Goshen 980 $48,350
Elkhart 980 $48,350
Terre Haute 900 $46,790
West Lafayette 640 $47,570
Lafayette 640 $47,570
Bloomington 540 $49,170
La Porte 420 $47,290
Michigan City 420 $47,290
Muncie 330 $45,100
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 3670 $55,550
Des Moines 3670 $55,550
Cedar Rapids 1440 $55,260
Cedar Falls 1070 $53,370
Waterloo 1070 $53,370
Iowa City 880 $53,450
Dubuque 400 $44,170
Ames 280 $54,080
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 2760 $46,620
Topeka 1280 $51,880
Lawrence 430 $45,040
Manhattan 380 $53,380
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lexington 2020 $53,450
Fayette 2020 $53,450
Bowling Green 790 $49,520
Owensboro 500 $50,950
Fort Knox 490 $55,860
Elizabethtown 490 $55,860
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Orleans 5850 $48,190
Metairie 5850 $48,190
Baton Rouge 3760 $48,950
Bossier City 2250 $49,510
Shreveport 2250 $49,510
Lafayette 2150 $47,040
Houma 1390 $46,550
Thibodaux 1390 $46,550
Monroe 1140 $47,180
Alexandria 1000 $41,630
Lake Charles 820 $46,510
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Portland 1260 $59,480
South Portland 1260 $59,480
Bangor 670 $51,460
Auburn 430 $44,300
Lewiston 430 $44,300
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 10110 $62,000
Towson 10110 $62,000
Columbia 10110 $62,000
Lexington Park 730 $70,300
California 730 $70,300
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 950 $74,260
New Bedford 550 $76,180
Gardner 510 $73,370
Leominster 510 $73,370
Pittsfield 330 $62,320
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 16630 $67,220
Detroit 16630 $67,220
Warren 16630 $67,220
Grand Rapids 3870 $64,980
Wyoming 3870 $64,980
Lansing 2290 $58,970
East Lansing 2290 $58,970
Flint 1670 $65,870
Ann Arbor 1410 $57,930
Portage 1380 $60,720
Kalamazoo 1380 $60,720
Saginaw 1060 $58,630
Battle Creek 790 $61,860
Niles 770 $54,660
Benton Harbor 770 $54,660
Jackson 680 $60,380
Muskegon 630 $61,510
Monroe 430 $60,310
Midland 260 $60,430
Bay City 200 $60,150
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 1210 $55,410
St. Cloud 850 $57,270
Mankato 390 $50,940
North Mankato 390 $50,940
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 3100 $40,180
Pascagoula 1710 $44,020
Biloxi 1710 $44,020
Gulfport 1710 $44,020
Hattiesburg 630 $38,910
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 1640 $56,170
Joplin 780 $44,830
Jefferson City 550 $38,930
Columbia 480 $47,670
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Missoula 370 $51,660
Billings 320 $45,820
Great Falls 290 $57,280
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 1490 $51,490
Grand Island 380 $54,680
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 7520 $52,150
Henderson 7520 $52,150
Las Vegas 7520 $52,150
Reno 1750 $56,590
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 930 $53,720
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hammonton 1620 $66,870
Atlantic City 1620 $66,870
Trenton 1540 $65,950
Vineland 860 $61,560
Bridgeton 860 $61,560
Ocean City 470 $65,310
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 2910 $52,740
Las Cruces 1000 $71,360
Santa Fe 660 $72,620
Farmington 520 $49,940
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheektowaga 5110 $61,120
Buffalo 5110 $61,120
Niagara Falls 5110 $61,120
Rochester 4500 $58,810
Schenectady 2960 $65,190
Albany 2960 $65,190
Troy 2960 $65,190
Syracuse 2700 $62,670
Rome 1320 $58,660
Utica 1320 $58,660
Binghamton 980 $57,940
Kingston 620 $86,080
Glens Falls 580 $56,520
Ithaca 430 $56,120
Elmira 270 $52,170
Fort Drum -2222 $59,180
Watertown -2222 $59,180
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 5330 $44,430
Greensboro 3380 $44,970
High Point 3380 $44,970
Winston 2730 $43,300
Salem 2730 $43,300
Chapel Hill 2290 $42,600
Durham 2290 $42,600
Fayetteville 2000 $38,960
Morganton 1380 $44,660
Hickory 1380 $44,660
Lenoir 1380 $44,660
Asheville 1340 $40,320
Burlington 1060 $44,610
Wilmington 1010 $41,020
Greenville 940 $39,410
Rocky Mount 430 $38,470
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 730 $52,150
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 8510 $59,400
Elyria 7780 $64,480
Cleveland 7780 $64,480
Dayton 3930 $59,180
Akron 3660 $61,480
Toledo 2320 $55,610
Canton 1300 $59,490
Massillon 1300 $59,490
Lima 460 $54,320
Mansfield 440 $57,680
Springfield 430 $60,770
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 5430 $39,000
Tulsa 4180 $38,300
Lawton 530 $41,780
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 1500 $67,110
Eugene 1140 $57,850
Medford 680 $64,970
Redmond 640 $73,870
Bend 640 $73,870
Albany 300 $54,610
Corvallis 240 $66,120
Grants Pass 70 $27,120
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 9470 $56,930
Harrisburg 2970 $59,330
Carlisle 2970 $59,330
Wilkes 2730 $56,960
Scranton 2730 $56,960
Barre 2730 $56,960
Hazleton 2730 $56,960
York 2420 $66,740
Hanover 2420 $66,740
Reading 1910 $61,320
Lancaster 1440 $59,950
Erie 1090 $51,780
East Stroudsburg 1010 $70,080
Johnstown 970 $54,410
Waynesboro 760 $61,920
Chambersburg 760 $61,920
Altoona 490 $51,510
Lebanon 480 $61,170
Williamsport 440 $58,290
Bloomsburg 410 $67,560
Berwick 410 $67,560
State College 390 $65,420
Gettysburg -2222 $49,710
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carolina 8970 $36,480
Caguas 8970 $36,480
San Juan 8970 $36,480
Ponce 1470 $36,830
Isabela 1250 $37,290
Aguadilla 1250 $37,290
San German 500 $37,460
Mayag�ez 340 $33,660
Guayama 340 $35,480
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mauldin 4170 $48,070
Greenville 4170 $48,070
Anderson 4170 $48,070
Charleston 3950 $45,280
North Charleston 3950 $45,280
Columbia 3380 $47,150
Spartanburg 1510 $51,520
Florence 1210 $45,020
Beaufort 990 $48,370
Hilton Head Island 990 $48,370
Bluffton 990 $48,370
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 1100 $43,770
Rapid City 550 $48,940
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 8350 $50,340
Franklin 8350 $50,340
Davidson 8350 $50,340
Nashville 8350 $50,340
Knoxville 3720 $47,480
Johnson City 780 $46,400
Jackson 670 $45,020
Cleveland 490 $48,410
Morristown 310 $45,230
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 36870 $56,690
Fort Worth 36870 $56,690
Arlington 36870 $56,690
Houston 35050 $58,510
The Woodlands 35050 $58,510
Sugar Land 35050 $58,510
San Antonio 11910 $56,770
New Braunfels 11910 $56,770
Austin 9400 $52,400
Round Rock 9400 $52,400
Edinburg 5920 $53,550
Mission 5920 $53,550
McAllen 5920 $53,550
El Paso 4700 $51,530
Temple 2820 $46,500
Killeen 2820 $46,500
Brownsville 2300 $49,310
Harlingen 2300 $49,310
Port Arthur 2050 $47,280
Beaumont 2050 $47,280
Corpus Christi 1980 $56,580
Lubbock 1910 $46,830
Amarillo 1440 $47,100
Waco 1310 $46,400
Bryan 1200 $46,070
College Station 1200 $46,070
Longview 1150 $42,920
Tyler 1130 $46,030
Midland 950 $51,690
Wichita Falls 930 $46,390
Abilene 830 $47,470
Denison 830 $63,360
Sherman 830 $63,360
San Angelo 550 $44,630
Victoria 490 $46,100
Odessa 470 $50,870
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 4980 $57,100
Clearfield 3820 $50,680
Ogden 3820 $50,680
Orem 3230 $59,190
Provo 3230 $59,190
St. George 970 $42,910
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 810 $65,950
Burlington 810 $65,950
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 5070 $58,170
Charlottesville 1100 $67,250
Roanoke 1050 $47,680
Lynchburg 930 $47,720
Harrisonburg 590 $45,730
Radford 540 $53,790
Blacksburg 540 $53,790
Christiansburg 540 $53,790
Waynesboro 430 $46,170
Staunton 430 $46,170
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 12730 $64,170
Tacoma 12730 $64,170
Seattle 12730 $64,170
Spokane 1450 $64,440
Spokane Valley 1450 $64,440
Yakima 1250 $58,500
Kennewick 1060 $53,250
Richland 1060 $53,250
Silverdale 930 $65,600
Bremerton 930 $65,600
Olympia 760 $63,200
Tumwater 760 $63,200
Bellingham 570 $66,930
Longview 410 $61,240
Wenatchee 280 $60,970
Mount Vernon 240 $62,540
Anacortes 240 $62,540
Walla Walla 210 $59,670
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 670 $47,130
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 8230 $58,020
Waukesha 8230 $58,020
Milwaukee 8230 $58,020
Madison 3560 $55,170
Green Bay 2330 $52,130
Appleton 1440 $48,970
Racine 1050 $57,950
Eau Claire 930 $50,820
Wausau 730 $55,110
Beloit 620 $70,340
Janesville 620 $70,340
Sheboygan 580 $57,800
Oshkosh 530 $52,350
Neenah 530 $52,350
Fond du Lac -2222 $58,860

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Elementary School Teachers

To find out more about building a career as Elementary School Teachers, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Most Popular Industries for :
Elementary School Teachers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Education 1,529,330 99% $49,370
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  • Concordia offers a variety of scholarships, grants, and awards designed to make the cost of a quality liberal arts education more affordable. Military benefits are available to candidates who qualify.
  • Concordia offers outstanding student-focused support including technical support and student service teams to assist you from initial contact through graduation. 
  • Concordia University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Programs
  • M.Ed. Teaching and Learning - Elementary Education
  • MA in Teaching - Elementary Education
  • M.Ed. - Program Specialist in Early Childhood Specialist
  • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Ranked 37th among the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
Programs
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Ranked 21st among the Best Education Schools in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Established in 1918 with the mission, “to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally, and globally.”
  • The first major research university to offer an online M.A.  in teaching program.
  • Offers certificate through doctoral programs in teaching, counseling, and more.
  • All programs taught with the guiding principles of leadership, learning, accountability, and diversity.
Programs
  • Instructional Design & Technology
  • Push Your Creativity To The Next Level.
  • Full Sail’s curriculum combines elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement.
  • Full Sail offers accelerated programs, so a degree that would normally take four years takes 24 months on average.
  • Students work with industry-standard tools and technologies, allowing them to gain practical knowledge and real-world experience.
  • Join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to interact with our community, read about grad success, and see campus images.
Programs
  • Undergraduate in Early Childhood
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration
  • MS in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12)
Kaplan University
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
CityTownInfo Career and College Resources

We have some additional detailed pages at the state level for Elementary School Teachers.

Numbers in parentheses are counts of relevant campus-based schools in the state; online schools may also be available.

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