Online Classes and Degree Programs for Elementary Teachers
See what you'll study in undergraduate and graduate elementary education programs. Explore program requirements and learn how to pick the right school.
What You Need to Know
Elementary school teachers are responsible for teaching students in grades 1-6. When choosing an online program of study, check with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation to make sure it's nationally accredited. Technical requirements for online courses include having a computer with high-speed internet, a word processing program and an email.
|Degree Programs||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate, Graduate Certificate|
|Classes||Literacy skills, child and development, methods of teaching mathematics, instruction and assessment, strategies of teaching language arts, classroom management, management of learning environments, diverse learners|
|Colleges||Arizona State University, Purdue University, Western Governors University|
How Do I Choose the Right Program?
First, look for programs accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). If you already hold a bachelor's degree in a non-education field and don't wish to pursue a master's degree, you may enroll in an alternative teacher preparation program or a post-baccalaureate program. Graduate certificate and master's degree programs are appropriate if you wish to pursue an education specialization, such as special education, reading or ESL. Your state's department of education or equivalent may provide a list of qualified online programs.
What Classes Will I Take?
Aside from any subject matter specialization you choose, all elementary education programs cover similar topics. Topics may include literacy and history. The following areas of interest might also be explored in your degree program:
- Instruction planning
- Language arts
- Elementary math
What Requirements Will I Need to Meet?
Some programs may require you to have a significant liberal arts background. Others programs may want to you take an online admissions test to predetermine your level of success in the program. Still, others may require you to take both online and on-campus classes.
Technical requirements need to be met also. Your coursework can be presented in a number of formats, including live chat, online discussions and video, so it is essential to have a computer. You may also need QuickTime, Flash Player and anti-virus software.
What Do Elementary Teachers Do?
They teach the basic skills these children need to be successful in school, including reading, math and spelling. Elementary school teachers need a strong background in public speaking, instruction methods and classroom management skills as well.
Will I Get a Chance to Teach Before Graduation?
If you enroll in a licensure program, you'll be required to complete a student-teaching practicum. This will be done under the supervision of an experienced educator in an actual classroom at a school near you. You'll also be observed by a clinical supervisor who will evaluate your performance.