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Program Snapshot
Academic CredentialAssociate in Arts (AA)
Total Credit Hours60
Average Time to Complete2 yrs.
Academic PathwaySocial, Behavioral, Education
AdvisorAmanda Manning
Instructional Coordinator for Education Programs
850.769.1551 ext. 2869

Senior Administrative AssistantMs. Jody Walton
210 Social Sciences Building

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Elementary Teacher Education, AA

Is a Degree in Elementary Teacher Education Right for You?

There are many reasons to teach - social, philanthropic, economic, diplomatic - and each one is compelling.  If you (or someone you care about) benefited from the instruction and care of an outstanding teacher, you understand the impact a great teacher can have on a student's life. 

A career in education brings immeasurable gratification and a deep sense of accomplishments because teachers make such a profound difference- for whom, how, and where you make that difference is up to you.   

Our Elementary Teacher Education (EDUC-AA) university transfer track is an excellent program for individuals interested in a teaching career in the lower grades.   Elementary education teachers lead students as they learn about a wide range of subjects, including mathematics, history, language arts, and science. Aspiring elementary education students must complete professional field-based programs, and they gain experience with designing curricula and teaching classes.  The program is structured for transfer to a four-year institution, leading to Florida teacher certification for kindergarten to sixth grade.  

According to the 2021 U.S.  Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), the national median annual salary for K-6 teachers was $61,350.00 per year.  Employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow 4% from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is expected because of projected increases in student enrollment.  Employment may vary by region. 

Gulf Coast State College's Elementary Teacher - AA University Transfer Track is your first step toward a successful career in teaching!

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Elementary Teacher Education, AA Course Requirements

English I & II
Visual and Performing Arts
Select 6 hours from a list of Math Courses

Physical Science
Biological Science

1  credit hour requirement

Behavioral Sciences
Teaching Courses

A complete list of courses with descriptions can be found in the Catalog

What can you do with Elementary Teacher Education Associate of Arts?

In this field, people find careers as:

Preschool Teacher
Childcare Center Director
Family Support Specialist
Elementary School Teacher

Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:

University of South Florida
Florida State University
University of Central Florida

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Faith Paulsen

Meet Faith Paulsen, Gulf Coast State College Student & Aspiring Educator

"All of my professors have been extremely helpful and kind.  Dr. Phillips (GCSC Social Sciences Division professor) is a mentor to me and all of his students...I hope to inspire kids the way that my teachers have inspired me." – GCSC STUDENT, AA LIBERAL ARTS MAJOR

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