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You’ve always thought about working in the field of education, and now you’re ready to take that first step. Our Associate of Arts with a concentration in Education* (AAE) degree program gives you insight into this profession, as well as a preview of what it’s like to work as a teacher.
While this program does not prepare you for licensure or certification as a teacher, you will gain foundational knowledge about the American education system and teaching as a profession. This degree program could also help you move closer to your dream of becoming a teacher.
*Maryland residents completing this program will earn an Associate of Arts with an emphasis in Education.
The Associate of Arts in Education program provides learners with a foundation in the lower division academic disciplines of mathematics, life and social sciences, humanities, and communication. The education concentration is intended to provide an introduction to the education field. The learner will gain knowledge in the historical and philosophical aspects of education, multicultural issues, the role of assessment, and the function of ethics in teaching.
We believe that students and families should be prepared financially for college and understand gainful employment opportunities before starting any program. So we want to ensure you have the information you need to make an informed choice - information like what it will cost, the skills you'll learn through your chosen program, and the types of occupations the program prepares you for.View this program's gainful employment disclosures.
The requires a minimum of credits, which may come from a combination of required and elective courses.
University of Phoenix allows you to apply relevant learning, work and life experiences to college credits through the Prior Learning Assessment process. Speak with an advisor to find out if you can fulfill some elective, interdisciplinary and/or general education courses by going through the PLA process.
Learn about how you can fulfill some credit requirements from prior experience, professional training, licenses, certificates and transcripts from previously attended colleges and institutions.
Investigate federal financial aid options including government grants and loans. Your advisor will help you check your eligibility.
Under the Third-Party Billing Plan, University of Phoenix directly bills an approved employer for a student's tuition. To find out if your company supports direct bill, speak to your human resources department or one of our advisors.
An advisor can help you review your options and choose the one that’s best for you.
Whether you're serving on Active Duty, are a member of the Reserve or National Guard, or are the spouse of a military member, you're eligible for a reduction in tuition. Our special military tuition rates combined with some of the resources below can help you get started in your pursuit of a degree.
With federal military tuition assistance, you may receive 100% federal Tuition Assistance for your military service.
If you're a veteran or military servicemember who served a minimum of 90 combined days on active duty after September 10th, 2001, you may be eligible for Post 9/11 GI benefits.
As a military spouse, you may be eligible for financial assistance that can help you pursue your degree.
Graduation Teams at University of Phoenix are just one way that you’ll know we’re committed to your success. They support you by helping you enroll, advising you throughout your academic journey here and answering your questions about finances so that you’ll have the tools you need to complete your studies and earn your degree.
Our College of Education faculty members have advanced degrees and professional experience in P-12 education with a cumulative average of more than 16 years in the areas they teach. Among our faculty are 61 department chairs, 430 principals and 1,800 teachers.
The Associate of Arts with a concentration in Elementary Education offers the foundational education you need to complete your associate degree, plus a selection of fundamental teacher-education courses to give you an overview of what becoming an educator might be like.
Many students are working learners, which can enrich your class discussions – even when they’re online. You’ll learn a lot from your coursework, instructor and your classmates.
While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.
Driven by this mission, our elementary education degree prepares future teachers and current educators to become effective leaders in the elementary school classroom — and beyond.
Each course is led by an experienced faculty member in a collaborative team forum in which you and your classmates actively share information and directly apply new ideas to your professional experience.