You can do the most important job on the planet — teaching a child to read and to wonder and to see the world. What greater satisfaction could there be than watching children’s minds and imaginations flower as you teach them reading, writing, science, math, and social studies? In AUM’s Childhood Education program, you’ll get certified in both Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education, qualifying you to teach children from birth through grade 6. You’ll go from our classroom to your own classroom with a practicum under expert supervision in AUM’s own Early Learning Center, an internship under a local expert teacher, and hundreds of hours of supervised field experiences in local schools to practice what you’re learning in your teaching methods courses.
Certification for Childhood Education:
- Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education
Points of Pride
- Students get hands-on experience teaching children from the community in AUM’s on-campus Early Learning Center,
- Students earn two teaching certifications — Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education.
- Students have exotic opportunities such as developing science lesson plans in Costa Rican rain forests.
- AUMazing Educators society for all Education majors builds a community of support, friendship, and camaraderie while you pursue your degree.
- All faculty in this program have experience teaching in the P-6 school environment, giving students unique access to their experience and expertise.
- You’ll gain 300+ hours of hands-on teaching experience before your final internship. Practical field experience is included with each methods course (such as methods of teaching math, etc.). Students go to area schools with their professors and work with experienced teachers and then have a chance to practice what they are learning.
- Internationally recognized faculty who have won numerous awards, including an Excellence in Teaching Award from Sigma Alpha Pi (national society of leadership and success), Primary School Teacher of the Year Award (Montgomery Public Schools), WSFA Class Act Award, and Delta Pi Epsilon Outstanding Doctoral Research Award, and College of Education Excellence in Teaching Award.
Put Your Degree to Work
Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.
With growth projected to be 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, the job outlook for in education, training, and library occupations is about average. The most recent median annual wage for all education, training, and library occupations was $46,669 — higher than the average median wage for all occupations.