About the Program

Do you enjoy spending time with children and teaching them new things? Does it give you a sense of pride and excitement when they master different skills and abilities? As an elementary education professional, all of your daily activities will focus on the goal of helping students begin their academic journey and reach their potential. Through your instruction in the classroom, they will develop foundational knowledge in the key areas of math, reading, writing, social studies, and science that will carry them into high school and beyond. A program in Elementary Teacher Education will give you a firm grasp of pedagogy, including how to plan lessons and support different learning styles. You will learn how to create a safe, inclusive, stimulating classroom environment that invites them to ask questions and engage in discussion.

An associate degree in Elementary Teacher Education can be a first step toward a career as an elementary school teacher, special education teacher, school administrator, instructional designer, or professional tutor. This degree is transferable to universities offering a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Inclusive Elementary Education, Human Development, Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Arts, and Liberal Studies.

Students should work closely with their Otero advisor and contact their transfer institution choices for more specific transfer information.

Program Information

Courses Offered:
In Person & Online

Program Length:
4 Semesters

Award/Program Credits:

Knowledge & Skills
  • Child development
  • Classroom management
  • Observation skills
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Pedagogical theory and practice
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