Elementary Education


Elementary Teacher Education

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

The elementary education pathway is the first step in preparing 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


18 Units

The cross-disciplinary courses that are part of this certificate serve as an introduction to the field of teaching. Courses will inspire and prepare future educators to teach in urban classrooms, to learn essential professional knowledge including professional teaching standards and ethics, to conduct fieldwork in order to learn how to meet the diverse needs of students and roles of the teacher, and to gain a foundation of knowledge across some of the disciplines that will be necessary for teaching elementary students.

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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