The 90 credit Associate in Arts degree is designed to meet the general education requirements at Washington State four-year institutions and prepares students for entrance into baccalaureate degree programs in education.
Elementary Education — What is it?
Elementary Education prepares students to teach in K-8 public and private schools. In addition to completing a teacher education program and residency certificate, students must complete a baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education or a subject area endorsed by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in Washington State www.k12.wa.us/certification. Some universities offer teacher education programs that can be completed within a bachelor’s degree, while others offer a post-baccalaureate certification program or certification in conjunction with a graduate degree program.
Career Opportunities — What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education?
Elementary Education teachers develop the knowledge, skills and credentials to teach in elementary and middle schools, as well as skills that transfer to a variety of career fields.
Potential employers include:
Private and Public Middle Schools and High Schools, Boards of Education, Federal, State and Local Governments, Health and Human Services, Marketing and research Firms, Public Advocacy Groups, Private Foundations, Non-Profit Organizations, Foreign Service, Businesses, and Publishing Companies.
Transfer Possibilities — Where can I transfer?
An Associate Degree from Shoreline makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with junior standing. Shoreline also has agreements with several universities to make transferring even easier. Please visit our transfer agreements page for a list of those options. For transfer within Washington State, we offer a special degree called the AA-DTA. For international students, Shoreline also has conditional admission agreements that allow a student to be simultaneously accepted by Shoreline and a university of the student's choosing.