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K–12 Education Degree and Certificate Programs

Most of those who enter the education field become kindergarten through twelfth grade (K-12) teachers.  This includes elementary school teachers (typically first through fifth grades), junior high school teachers (usually sixth through eighth grades) and high school teachers (commonly ninth through twelfth grades).  Elementary school is often referred to as primary education, while junior high and high school are typically called secondary education.



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Dordt College
Sioux Center, IA
Illinois College
Jacksonville, IL
John Carroll University
University Heights, OH
Lynn University
Boca Raton, FL
MacMurray College
Jacksonville, IL
Messiah College
Mechanicsburg, PA

Improve Your Job Prospects With an Education Degree or Certificate

Associate of Arts (AA) degrees in Education can qualify you for assistant teaching positions and don’t usually have a particular area of concentration, but pursuing your Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Education will probably require you to pick a specialty.  Nowadays, K-12 teachers are often strongly encouraged to earn their Master’s Degree in Education within a few years of entering the field.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates about 12% job growth for K-12 teachers through 2016 – a pace that is as fast as average compared to all professions.  Education professionals with internships, related work experience, advanced degrees and the ability to relocate should have the best employment opportunities.