Elementary Education

Elementary Education Designation

Colorado Guaranteed Transfer
Offered in the Classroom & 100% Online
Program of Study

Earn this degree for FREE using Career Advance Colorado funding! Find out more!

Becoming an elementary school teacher is a challenging and rewarding career choice. As a teacher, you will lay a foundation in a child’s knowledge base, educating each student in all academic areas, ranging from math and science to history, reading, and writing. You will also be teaching the process of learning for each student to build upon as he or she grows. In addition, your love of teaching and learning will not stop upon completion of a degree but continue to develop year after year.

Our Associate of Arts degree in elementary education is designed for you to transfer to a four-year college, providing you with a solid educational foundation and saving money during your first two years of college. Upon completion, you will be able to transfer to any Colorado college with an elementary education program. Upon further education, you can become a teacher to work in schools and even an administrator with continued experience and education.

Academic Support

Academic support is provided through CCD's Excel Zone

It helps students succeed by offering a variety of learning opportunities with three locations on campus:

  • Confluence Building, 4th Floor | The Main Zone
  • Cherry Creek Building, Rooms 205 & 210 | Career & Technical Education (CTE) Zone
  • Science Building, Room 1019 | The Science Zone

Available Online

CCD Online offers fully online certificates and degrees, and individual online courses to help match your busy schedule. This program offers 100 percent of its degree either online or through a hybrid program.

Your first step is to see if online learning is right for you. Online and hybrid environments offer much more flexibility but require more self-direction and self-discipline. Certain work habits, learning styles and skills contribute to a successful online or hybrid learning experience.

Online Experience Questions?
303.352.6785 | TLC@ccd.edu

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for federal financial aid.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships. Apply at CCD.edu/Scholarships.

Stop by the financial aid office on the first floor of the Confluence Building for help with the federal financial aid application. Walk-in hours are offered every Wednesday from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Confluence Building, room 118.

Four-Year Transfer Agreements

The Associate of Arts in elementary education is a guaranteed transfer degree.

GT programs enable all college students to complete their first two years of college here at CCD and then transfer to any public college in Colorado as a junior. It is called the DWD program (Degrees with Designation). This program saves you money and time.

A Two-Year Degree from CCD Can Lead to a Four-Year Degree from ...

  • Adams State University
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Colorado Mountain College
  • Colorado State University – Pueblo
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver 
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs 
  • University of Colorado Denver 
  • University of Northern Colorado 
  • Western State Colorado University

Job Outlook & Salary Information

What Can I Do with My Major?

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers instruct young students in basic subjects, such as math and reading to prepare them for future schooling. Rising student enrollment should increase demand for kindergarten and elementary teachers, but employment growth will vary by region. A substantial number of older teachers are expected to reach retirement age between 2016 and 2026. Their retirement will increase the need to replace workers who leave the occupation.

Learn more about this career path by visiting CCD's Career and Transfer Center.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

The median annual wage for kindergarten and elementary school teachers was $56,900 per year in May 2017.

The information provided here is by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.