Education

Program Overview

Many people enter the education field as teacher's assistants, which require an associates degree. Teacher assistants provide teaching and clerical support for classroom teachers. In general, teacher assistants help children learn lesson material. Some assistance work with groups of children, while others work with a single student, particularly students with disabilities. They may supervise students who are working on projects and may assist teachers with developing lesson plans. Many teachers' assistants. They may supervise students who are working on projects and may assist teachers with developing lesson plans. Many teacher's assistants continue to pursue their bachelor's degree, due to the high demand for teachers. Areas of specialization in this field include: special education, career and technical education, multicultural education, industrial education, physical education, elementary education, secondary education and preschool education. Arizona faces a severe teacher shortage in many areas of specialization, which will result in high demand in these areas

University Transfer

  • Students planning to transfer to NAU to complete a B.S. Ed. Elementary Education degree should consult the NAU Degree Details for guidance in selecting courses towards an AA degree. This is a 2+2 program whereby students complete the first 2 years of general education coursework, as well as pre-requisites for admission to the program, at a community college.

Please see an advisor for more information.

General Program Information

The Associate in Arts in Elementary Education, is designed for the student who wants to become a classroom instructional aide and/or transfer to an elementary education, early childhood, multicultural/multilingual or special education program at an Arizona public higher education institution. Additional degree options are available for students with interest in pursuing secondary education or other areas within education.

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Employers

  • Public and Private Schools
  • Child Care Centers

Job Titles

  • Instructional Assistant
  • Education Paraprofessional
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Teacher Aide