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Associate of Arts in Elementary Education

Learn teaching fundamentals while studying 100% online.

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Take your first steps toward becoming an early childhood educator

The online associate degree in elementary education at Brenau (formerly known as early childhood education) focuses on the knowledge and skills you need to meet the emerging standards for early childhood educators working with children from birth to fifth grade. When you graduate and enter your career you’ll play a critical role in preparing children for their long-term academic success and will be involved in helping them form emotional, social and educational skills from an early age.

Brenau’s elementary education associate degree helps you:

  • Understand the current trends practiced in private and public schools
  • Learn the basics of behavior intervention strategies and child psychology
  • Develop skills that will help you with tutoring and homeschooling
  • Increase potential employment opportunities

Choose Brenau for your elementary education associate degree

Our number-one priority is providing easy access to quality education so you can improve your life and achieve your career goals. Take advantage of resources like our professional tutoring program, academic coaching and our writing center – all of which serve online students.

Complete flexibility

Coursework for this degree is 100% online to better fit your busy life

Quality education

You’re getting a degree from a university that’s CAEP-accredited

Graduate in 2 years

Most classes last only seven weeks, getting you to graduation faster


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Get where you want to be in your career with an associate in elementary education

While there are career opportunities in elementary education for those with an associate degree, those opportunities increase greatly with a bachelor’s degree. Brenau’s elementary education associate degree program provides you with foundational knowledge and skills, which you can apply right away in your career and expand upon by pursuing your bachelor’s.

Potential Careers

  • Preschool teacher
  • Tutor
  • Homeschool teacher

National Median Salary

Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers
$57,980
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average Job Growth

Kindergarten and Elementary School Education Opportunities
7%
Projected growth, 2016–2026


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  • Best Value

  • $564

    Cost per credit

  • 85%

    More than 85% of Brenau students receive some sort of financial assistance


The A.A. in elementary education curriculum at Brenau is based on the skills and talents most desired in today’s education community

Core classes for the associate degree in elementary education include:

  • Foundations for Success
  • Art Appreciation
  • Human Biology with lab
  • History of the United States
  • Written Communication
  • Healthy Lifestyle Habits
  • Reading and Research Writing
  • College Algebra
  • Oral Communication
  • Earth Science
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Women’s Literary Studies
  • Problem Solving
  • Developmental Psychology
  • School and Society
  • Introduction to Teacher Education
  • Science Concepts
  • Introduction to Multicultural Education
  • Mathematics Concepts for Teachers
  • Computer Literacy

Elementary Education Students qualify for financial aid

In addition to federal or state financial aid, Georgia residents enrolled in this program may be eligible for the Applegate/Jackson/Parks Future Teacher Scholarship, as well as the TEACH Grant, which gives financial aid to students in return for an agreement to teach in a high-need school.


“I was a little worried about not having face-to-face contact with my instructors, but I feel like I learned just as much as if I had attended an on-campus program.”

— Erica Sempler, ’15