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Elementary Teacher Education Pathway (In Development)

This planned AA-T degree is not yet available and currently in the curriculum development and approval process. Please contact the Education Department at (310) 434-8109 with any questions or to schedule an appointment to meet with an Education couselor about existing transfer pathways for those interested in Elementary Teaching careers.

Launch a career in teaching in the K-12 system and impact children on a daily basis through your work. Santa Monica College created the Teacher Academy to provide support services and training in response to California’s projected need for teachers over the next decade.

K-12 professionals support the youth’s ability to:

  • Learn
  • Think critically
  • Be self-confident and have high self-esteem
  • Develop a sense of personal ethics and social responsibility

Our Associate of Arts for Transfer (AA-T) degree in Elementary Teacher Education is the perfect fit if you plan to transfer and complete a Liberal Studies degree and/or a multiple-subject teaching credential in preparation to teach at the elementary school level. This preliminary degree fulfills lower-division requirements for a degree in Liberal Arts.

The elementary education pathway prepares you for employment across primary, secondary, bilingual or special education. We additionally provide you with opportunities to meet your 30-hour internship requirement to enter credential programs at many of the California State Universities.

The interactive elementary education curriculum at SMC will help you transfer seamlessly to a 4-year college or university to complete your degree and credential requirements. Our program trains you to promote healthy development and learning in individually, culturally and linguistically responsive ways, with many options to complete transfer coursework and pre-professional supervision. You must earn a bachelor’s degree plus complete additional coursework in teaching methods to teach in the California K-12 system.

Make an appointment with an Education Counselor to learn more about current and future pathways in Elementary Teacher Education. Call (310) 434-8109 to schedule an appointment.

Degrees and Certificates

Associate in Science Degree for Transfer Icon Associate in Science - Transfer More information on the Associate in Science - Transfer

Prepare yourself to transfer into an upper-division baccalaureate program at a California State University (CSU).

If you are considering a transfer to a UC, private, or out-of-state university, please consult a counselor before applying to transfer, as that institution’s transfer requirements might be different from those required for the AS-T.

Estimated Timeline:
2+ years, 60 units

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Associate in Arts for Transfer - Elementary Teacher Education Associate in Science Degree for Transfer Icon

60 Units (Including General Education)

Our Associate of Arts for Transfer (AA-T) degree in Elementary Teacher Education is the perfect fit if you plan to transfer and complete a Liberal Studies degree and/or a multiple-subject teaching credential in preparation to teach at the elementary school level. This preliminary degree fulfills lower-division requirements for a degree in Liberal Arts.

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Potential Career Options

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Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education Bachelor's Degree $69,146
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education Bachelor's Degree $80,043
Middle School Teachers, Except Special Education & CTE Bachelor's Degree $72,230
Education Administrators, Elementary School Master's or Professional Degree $118,163
Instructional Coordinators Master's or Professional Degree $84,096
Teacher Assistants Certificate $34,294
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