Degrees in K-12 Education

Find out what training you need to teach at the K-12 level. Learn more about your degree options in the education field, including online learning options. Get details about the curriculum for each type of education program. Schools offering Early Childhood Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Degree Do I Need to Teach at the K-12 Level?

K-12 education covers elementary, middle and high school. To become a teacher at one of these levels, you'll need to complete a bachelor's program to prepare you for state licensure. Additionally, a graduate degree may be needed to maintain your license or advance in your career.

Required EducationBachelor's degree at minimum
Elementary Education Program Courses Child psychology, assessment methods, children's literature, skill development, curriculum planning
Middle Education Program Courses Social studies, math, science, teaching theories, literature
Secondary Education Program Courses English, tutoring, instructional design, history, multimedia techniques
Advanced Degree Options Master's degree
Online Availability Both bachelor's and master's degree programs are available online in a hybrid format; master's-level programs are more common

What Will I Learn in an Elementary Education Program?

If you want to teach students in kindergarten through fifth grade, you should choose an elementary education program, which can educate you in teaching techniques, assessment methods and skill development. You'll study early childhood development and learn to teach in diverse settings. Subjects you may study include:

  • Child psychology
  • Math literacy
  • Liberal arts education
  • Special needs students
  • Children's literature
  • Testing methods
  • Classroom management
  • Early childhood health
  • Curriculum planning

What Will a Middle Education Program Teach Me?

As a middle grades education teacher, you'll typically teach students in grades 6-8. In a middle school education program, you'll study a number of subjects but begin to focus in one area, such as math, literature, social studies or science. You'll likely explore teaching theories, school governance, assessment principles and information technology. You'll also look at family involvement, language barriers and the adolescent student.

What is the Curriculum for a Secondary Education Program?

A secondary education program, which will prepare you to teach grades 9-12, typically narrows your focus to English, math, history, science or a foreign language. You'll learn a number of ways to teach, including how-to and multimedia techniques. Topics you may study include:

  • Multicultural students
  • Tutoring
  • Psychology of young adults
  • Instructional design
  • Adolescent development
  • Learning disabilities
  • Drug abuse education
  • School administration positions
  • Sex education

What Master's Options are Available to Me?

You can pursue a master's degree program in K-12 education, as well as specifically in elementary, middle or secondary school education. These programs often focus on educational leadership or special needs education, and they tend to be heavy in research and evaluation courses.

Can I Earn a Degree Online?

Online undergraduate study in K-12 education is available, but most offerings are completion programs that build on associate degrees. You're more likely to find master's programs online. However, with both undergraduate and graduate online programs, you'll still need to complete your student teaching at a local school.

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