Education & Teaching
Elementary Education

If you enjoy being around young children, yearn for the liveliness of the classroom, and want to positively influence and prepare the next generation of leaders, thinkers, and doers, a degree in Elementary Education could be the perfect fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Elementary Education students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), master's degree (6-7 years), doctorate degree (8+ years), or certificate program. Most states require public school teachers to obtain a bachelor's degree in education and pass a certification/licensure exam prior to teaching. Master's and doctorate degrees usually lead to positions in school administration, curriculum development, or post-secondary teaching.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background and experience teaching, tutoring, and/or coaching helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.

Career Opportunities After Earning An Elementary Education Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Elementary Education include:

  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Kindergarten School Teacher
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean salary for an Elementary School Teacher was $63,930 in 2019 (1) while Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers earned a median salary of $59,420 in 2019. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on the career chosen but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.