Online Kindergarten Teaching Degree Programs

Online elementary education degree programs are available that can prepare you to become a kindergarten teacher, though you'll need to complete a student teaching requirement in person. Read about online bachelor's degree programs in elementary education and their typical course requirements. Get career info for kindergarten teachers, including licensure, job outlook and salary information. Schools offering Early Childhood Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Kind of Degree Do I Need to Become a Kindergarten Teacher?

If you want to pursue a career as a kindergarten teacher, you'll typically need to complete a bachelor's degree in education or elementary education. Elementary education degree programs are available online from a number of schools; these programs offer you the opportunity to work or take care of family obligations while you complete your studies. However, you will need to complete student teaching in person as part of your degree requirements. Some online programs in this field are degree-completion programs, designed for students who have already earned an associate's degree.

Distance learning varies somewhat by school, but most programs operate via a virtual classroom. You'll log in to a portal on the school's website to view lectures, turn in assignments and complete exams. You'll communicate with instructors and fellow students through the Internet, either via discussion boards, e-mail, Web chat or Web conferencing.

Online Programs Bachelor's degree available online typically with in-person component for student teaching
Course Work Childhood development, classroom technology, educational best practices, diversity issues
Licensure Licensure is required in every state for public schools but may not be required in a private school setting; certification is generally voluntary
Salary Information Kindergarten teachers made a median income of $53,760 per year in 2014

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Courses Will I Take?

Courses in an elementary education degree cover a range of topics, from using technology in the classroom and childhood development to best practices and diversity issues. In addition to online coursework, you'll also need to complete in-classroom training in order to fulfill your graduation requirements. Some of the typical courses you can find in this type of degree program include:

  • Student assessment
  • Teaching the arts
  • Childhood literacy
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Teaching math and science

Will I Need a License to Teach?

Every state requires teachers to be licensed in order to teach in public schools. Licensure is usually granted by a state's Board of Education, but may not be required to teach in private schools. Voluntary certification is also available through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), which is recognized in all 50 states (www.nbpts.org). According to the NBPTS, certification affords you several benefits, including the potential for a higher salary and certification fee reimbursement.

What Can I Do with My Degree?

Once you get your teaching license, you can begin applying for jobs as a kindergarten teacher. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job growth for kindergarten teachers is expected to increase at an average rate of 6% between 2014 and 2024 (www.bls.gov). The BLS notes that growth is projected due to an expected increase in student enrollment. As of 2014, the median salary for kindergarten teachers was $53,760 according to the BLS.

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