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Online Associate of Arts in Elementary Education

Find your calling in elementary education

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  • Duration2 years
  • Cost per credit$640
  • Credit hours61

Program Benefits

  • Transfer-friendly
  • No application fee
  • ACT/SAT scores are not required
  • Six start dates per year
  • Financial aid available

Explore your passion for education

The online Associate of Arts in Elementary Education at Brenau focuses on the foundation for success in teaching. Our experienced faculty will help you develop the knowledge and skills you need to become a successful teacher. From here, you can embark on your education career with confidence, wherever it takes you.

Note: This degree does not lead to teaching certification.

Launch your education career

With your online associate degree in elementary education, you can get started as a preschool teacher, tutor or homeschool teacher. You can also enter Brenau’s online BS in Elementary Education, where you can pursue initial teaching certification.

Education careers are rewarding and in demand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that education occupations will grow 7% from 2021 to 2031,1 and growth for preschool teachers is even faster at 15% during that time frame.2

Gain a foundation for success in education

61 credit hours

Fully online courses

The curriculum in the online elementary education degree offers a comprehensive overview of the origins of education as a discipline, multicultural education, teacher education, developmental psychology and more.

Course spotlights:

  • ED 208 School and Society
  • ED 250 Introduction to Multicultural Education
  • ED 206 Developmental Psychology
Curriculum details

It’s always a good time to apply

Generous transfer credit policy

No application fee

The online associate degree in elementary education program offers six start dates per year, so you can apply anytime and start your education as soon as possible. With no application fee, you can apply risk-free.

To apply to Brenau’s online AA in Elementary Education, you’ll need:

High school diploma or GED if no college experience or less than 30 semester hours of college experience.
Official transcripts from every college attended
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We strive to make your education affordable

$640 per credit hour

Financial aid available

By choosing Brenau, you’re investing in a degree that will set you on a path to a successful career. Along with affordable tuition, you can pursue federal financial aid to make your education even more cost-effective.

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What You’ll Learn

The Associate of Arts in Elementary Education will equip you with the prerequisite knowledge and skills you need to jumpstart your education career. This program also prepares you to continue in the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, where you can seek your initial certification to work in public or private school systems.

Note: The Associate of Arts in Elementary Education does not lead to initial teaching certification.

Program Outcomes

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 your potential employment opportunities.

About our dedicated, supportive faculty

Faculty members at Brenau are dedicated to helping you succeed. Most classes feature a small student-to-faculty ratio, so you can get to know your professors and their unique areas of expertise. As you broaden your professional network, you’ll have the mentorship and support of our faculty throughout your program.

Brandi Worsham

Brandi Worsham, PhD, Chair of Initial Certification Programs and Associate Professor of Education

Faculty Spotlight

Brandi Worsham is an associate professor of Education and department chair of Initial Certification Programs at Brenau University. Dr. Worsham teaches courses focused on math methods, middle school education and ESOL. She is a former middle school mathematics teacher with 10 years of experience teaching sixth and eighth grades. She earned a PhD in Middle School Education from the University of Georgia in 2015.

Dr. Worsham has presented at numerous national and regional conferences, including the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCTM), and has several publications related to middle school education and the professional development of teachers. Her research interests include middle school education, mathematics education, the preparation of teacher candidates and the professional development of teachers. In her spare time, Dr. Worsham is an avid reader and enjoys spending time outdoors or traveling with her family.

Online learning

At Brenau, you will learn in small classes, which gives you plenty of opportunities to ask questions and receive one-on-one support from your professors. With flexible scheduling and online delivery, we make education fit into your busy life. Our programs respond to the needs of today’s students, so you’ll receive the education you need to become a leader who makes a difference. From here, you can.

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Frequently asked questions

Explore our frequently asked questions for in-depth answers. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, reach out to us.

It will not. The diploma is the same for all graduates, whether their program was completed online or on ground.

While the specifics of each program vary, the admissions process always starts by submitting your application for the program you want to attend. To complete your application file, you’ll need official transcripts, an online application and possibly other documents. Your admissions counselor will help guide you through this process.

Undergraduate students can transfer up to 90 credits to their program. If the student is pursuing their first graduate degree at Brenau, up to six semester hours of coursework taken at another regionally accredited institution of higher education may be appropriately transferred to Brenau as part of the planned program of study with approval from the department chair. If the student has a master’s degree, up to nine hours of graduate credit may transfer with departmental approval. Grading standards of the Brenau program into which the work is transferred will apply.

There are no application fees at Brenau University.

Absolutely! Online programs at Brenau are explicitly designed with busy working professionals in mind, including those with personal and professional responsibilities. The format provides the flexibility you need to succeed in your selected program. From here, you can.

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Education, Training, and Library Occupations.” Sept. 8, 2022. Retrieved Feb. 9, 2023, from
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Preschool Teachers.” Oct. 4, 2022. Retrieved Feb. 9, 2023, from