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Associate of Arts with a concentration in Elementary Education

You’ve always thought about becoming a teacher. Now, you’re ready to start college – and want to know a little more about teaching. Our Associate of Arts with a concentration in Elementary Education* degree program can give you that insight, and prepare you to move forward with your dream. While this degree 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. The AAEE is a great way to get started on your educational journey.

*Maryland residents completing this program will earn an Associate of Arts with an emphasis in Elementary Education.

What you'll learn

 

Make an informed choice

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 degree program, and the types of occupations the program prepares you for.

View this program's gainful employment disclosures.

How to afford your degree

Find out how you may be able to lower your out-of pocket expenses and what options may be available to help you fund your education.

How to get started

Talk with an advisor to learn more about the admissions process and choose your degree program.

The requires a minimum of credits, which may come from a combination of required and elective courses.

Admissions and program requirements vary by state. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for state and/or program specific information. To view all the courses you’ll need to complete this degree program, visit our General Education requirements page.

Core courses

Make your work experience count

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.

Make your enrollment decision easier with our tuition tool

From finding the right college to finding time for your other work and family responsibilities - we know you have a lot on your mind. That's why we offer the tools you need to better understand your financial commitment and the Finance Advisors who can help you understand your options.

How much will it cost?

Knowing your cost commitment up-front can help you successfully plan for your degree program.

Cash Plan

Review our Cash Plan, which gives you the option to pay course-by-course as you pursue your education.

Scholarships

Scholarships pay for tuition-related expenses and don't need to be paid back. Your advisor can help you find scholarships that you may be eligible for.

Prior Learning Assessment

Learn about how you can fulfill some credit requirements from prior experience, professional training, licenses, certificates and transcripts from previously attended colleges and institutions.

Federal Financial Aid Plan

Investigate federal financial aid options including government grants and loans. Your advisor will help you check your eligibility.

Third-party billing

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.

Need more information?

An advisor can help you review your options and choose the one that’s best for you.

How can I use my Military benefits?

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.

The Federal Military Tuition Assistance Program

With federal military tuition assistance, you may receive 100% federal Tuition Assistance for your military service.

Montgomery GI Bill

At University of Phoenix, you can apply your Montgomery GI Bill®-Active Duty, or your Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve benefits to your educational costs.

Post 9/11 GI Bill

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. 

Active Duty Spouse Benefits

As a military spouse, you may be eligible for financial assistance that can help you pursue your degree.

Benefits of this degree program

  • You’re supported from day one through graduation

    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.

  • Learn from others’ experience

    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.

  • Courses focus on fundamentals

    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.

  • Working learners provide learning opportunities for each other

    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.

Is this the right program for you?

Talk to an advisor who specializes in the Associate of Arts with a concentration in Elementary Education degree to make sure this program fits your specific needs. You can also get to know University of Phoenix by checking out the Phoenix Prep Center.

Title II Reports for Indiana

University of Phoenix provides information about students who complete our teacher-preparation programs. For more information, review the institution and program report card.

 

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"Impacting student learning, one educator at a time"

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.

A student-centered learning experience

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.