Education: Elementary

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Degree, Certificate or Diploma


Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

The Education: Elementary program of study is designed for students who wish to become elementary teachers. The curriculum is structured so that students have the opportunity to explore the field of teaching.  It is designed for transfer to institutions that offer teaching certificates.  Graduates of this program are awarded an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree.

Job Outlook

This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion or work as a paraeducator in a pre-k-12 setting.

What will you do

Career opportunities for certified teachers include teaching in an elementary setting in early childhood through intermediate grades.


Beginning salary range for certified teachers is $30,00-$42,000.

Paraeducator average starting salary $16 per hour.

Career Examples

  • Early Childhood Education Teacher
  • Elementary Education Teacher
  • Guidance Counselor
  • School Administrator
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Public School Preschool Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • School Psychologist
  • Education Consultant
  • Career Counselor

First Semester

ENG 105 - Composition I

SPC 112 - Public Speaking

PSY 111 - Introduction to Psychology

EDU 210 - Foundations of Education

ECE 170 - Child Growth and Development

Second Semester

ENG 106 - Composition II

HIS 151 - U.S. History to 1877

HIS 152 - U.S. History Since 1877

EDU 235 - Children's Literature

EDU 245 - Exceptional Learner

MAT 157 - Statistics

Third Semester

BIO 105 - Introductory Biology

LIT 110 - American Literature to Mid 1800s

MAT 114 - Elementary Educators Math I

EDU 240 - Educational Psychology

PHI 101 - Introduction to Philosophy

Fourth Semester

ENV 111 - Environmental Science

POL 111 - American National Government

EDU 255 - Technology in the Classroom

ART 101 - Art Appreciation

MUS 100 - Music Appreciation

GEO 121 - World Regional Geography

EDU 219 - Field Experience and Seminar

Total Semester Hours Required: 64.0


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

The Elementary Education AA degree is designed for students who wish to pursue a career as an elementary classroom teacher. Successful graduates earn an Associates of Arts degree and are prepared to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree program. Graduates of the program can also work in a pre-k-12 setting as a paraeducator.

The academic program includes education and general education coursework along with a culminating field experience in an elementary school setting. Education coursework explores educational foundations, theory related to practice in a school setting with an emphasis in reading and math content areas. The objective of the program is to prepare students to transfer to a four-year institution teacher preparation program, where teacher certification can be obtained.

*Criminal background checks and fingerprinting is required for the internship experience.

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