Online Associates Degree in Education Programs

Teaching and Early Childhood Education Degrees

With an online associates degree in education, you have the option of becoming a teacher or educator. Graduates of associate's degree in education can teach immediately as an early childhood educator, work in a classroom as a teacher's assistant or apply for a bachelors degree in education program.

Preschool teachers help students develop basic skills, as well as learn about themselves and the world. Teacher's assistants work under the supervision of certified teachers to help students develop the knowledge and skills needed for later grades, college and the workplace.

Earning an associates degree in education online from an accredited university enables you to pursue your goal of teaching students while enjoying the convenience of online learning. Being able to take one or two classes at a time allows you to fit the degree program into your current schedule. If you are interested in completing your degree more quickly, some schools may offer an accelerated program.

Featured Colleges with Online Associate Degree in Education

Liberty University

  • Associate of Arts in Education (Non-Licensure)

University of Phoenix

  • Associate of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Associate of Arts in General Studies

Post University

  • A.S. in Early Childhood Education

Who is this degree best suited for?

An associates degree in education is ideal for those interested in having a positive impact on the lives of children and teenagers. The associates degree can prepare you for enrolling in a bachelors degree in education program by allowing you to earn credits that can be transferred to that program. With an education associates degree, you also have the option of working immediately in a classroom setting as a preschool teacher or a teacher's assistant.

What do you learn?

The associates degree in education includes general education coursework in communications, mathematics, science, social sciences and the humanities. With associate's degree transfer programs, these courses will count toward your general education requirements for the bachelors in education. In addition, the associate's degree in education program may include education and psychology coursework specific to your area of focus, such as developmental psychology and diversity courses.

Preschool teachers and teacher's assistants may need to obtain licensure or certification before working in a classroom. These requirements vary by U.S. state and may require additional exams and fees. For more information, check with the department of education in the state where you intend to work or with the online degree program.

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