An associate degree in elementary education prepares students to take advantage of the growing teacher shortages in this state. Students complete their program in approximately two years. This program serves as the pre-professional block, required to be completed before applying to a School of Education. Graduates can choose to enter the workforce immediately as paraprofessionals or substitutes within local school systems or pursue a bachelor's degree in education or a related field. Since an associate degree may not satisfy the requirements for teaching licensure in public schools, many graduates use the degree as a stepping-stone to further education.
Program Specific Requirements
- Students must submit a Criminal Background Check and be approved.
- Students must also have liability insurance through PAGE (instructions issued by the Program Coordinator) prior to placement in a school system for the required field experience (Each EDUC course requires 20 hours of field experience.)
Core Areas A, B, C, D, E and Additional Institutional Requirements – Required: 46 Hours
Please see College Catalog for required curriculum
Area F (18 Hours)
- EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical & Contemporary Issues in Education
- EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity
- EDUC 2130 Exploring Teaching and Learning
- MATH 2008 Foundations of Numbers & Operations
- ISCI 2001 Life & Earth Science for Early Childhood Education
- ISCI 2002 Foundations of Physical Science
Students will also work 20 hours of field experience for each education course.
Most EGSC students transfer locally to Georgia Southern University to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Other Elementary Education graduates have transferred to complete their degrees at:
- Georgia State University
- University of Georgia
- Valdosta State University
- Augusta State University