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El Camino’s elementary teacher education degree program starts you on a path to become an elementary school teacher. This is an accessible, direct path to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a California State University campus, along with priority consideration for admission to the CSU system.

Approximate cost for an El Camino College AA-T degree in elementary teacher education
Career opportunities for this program are expected to grow 9.4% nationwide from 2016 to 2026
Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $25,000 to $130,000 with an average salary of $64,000

Our Elementary Teacher Education (AA-T) degree for transfer typically takes two years to complete and also provides a pathway to earning a teaching credential.

Interested in making a difference in young lives? We can help you pursue a career in elementary teacher education.

Choose a Degree Designed for Transfer

An elementary teacher education degree at El Camino is designed to get you ready to transfer to a California State University and major in liberal studies. It’s a direct pathway to the education and training needs for a career as an elementary school teacher.

Elementary Teacher Education (AA-T) Degree

With this degree, you can build a strong academic foundation in the field and be prepared for further study at a California State University campus.

  • Study a broad range of subjects to prepare for teaching, including English, math, science, social science, visual and performing arts, and human development.
  • Enroll in courses specifically designed to transfer to a CSU campus.
  • Learn to understand the needs, characteristics, and development of children.
  • Start your journey toward a bachelor’s degree, a teaching credential, and even graduate study.
  • Develop collaborative experience, compassion for others, and a passion for lifelong learning essential to a teaching career.

Transfer to a CSU and Earn a Teaching Credential

As an El Camino elementary teacher education graduate, you’ll be ready to transfer to a CSU degree program. We’ll help you build the knowledge and skills needed to succeed at the university level and earn a bachelor’s degree and teaching credential.

  • Make an impact on young lives and teach others to be successful through education.
  • Despite shifts in the job market, graduate knowing that an ongoing demand for teachers remains consistent.
  • Build on your experience and complete a minimum of 45 hours of preapproved, structured fieldwork in diverse classroom settings.
  • Find additional career opportunities with advanced education: administrator, principal, counselor, social worker, professor, librarian, and more.
  • Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $25,000 to $130,000 with an average salary of $64,000.

Participate in Academic and Career Opportunities

Gain hands-on career experience and opportunities to learn about teaching careers and practice skills in real-world settings.

  • Find support with TEACH El Camino, a program that provides future teachers with role models, fieldwork experiences, professional development, and activities such as a guest speaker symposium and a college/career night.
  • Join the active Future Teachers’ Club and participate in career workshops, field trips, and job recruitment events.
  • Access our on-campus Teacher Resource Room, stocked with teaching supplies such as laminators, bookbinders, die cuts, children's books, puppets, flannel stories, teacher resource books, computers, scanners, and more.
  • Participate in tutoring sessions available in multiple subjects.
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Academic Details

Learn about course requirements and more for the Elementary Teacher Education AA-T in El Camino’s online catalog.

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Elementary Teacher Education Program Maps

Find semester-by-semester plans that chart your path to a Elementary Teacher Education AA-Tdegree on El Camino’s Guided Pathways site.

Contact Info

El Camino College

Elementary Teacher Education Department