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.
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
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean salary for an Elementary School Teacher was $63,930 in 2019 while
Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers earned a median salary of $59,420 in 2019.1
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical
location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics,
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252021.htm
(visited June 9, 2020).