Associate of Arts, Pathway to Teaching

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This program prepares students to transfer to Eastern Connecticut State University to pursue teacher certification in elementary or secondary education. All teachers need a degree in a subject area, such as biology, earth science, math, English, or history.

Elementary school teachers work with one group of students throughout the year, providing lessons in subjects like mathematics, reading, science, and art, while also teaching social skills and learning habits.

Secondary level teachers specialize in teaching areas such as English, math, science, and history to students with varying skill levels. High school teachers also help students navigate the transition into adulthood.

This uniquely challenging and highly rewarding career requires a keen interest in one’s subject area and in student well-being.

This is a transfer program as you need to obtain a minimum of a bachelor’s degree to teach in public or private schools.

The field of education is a growing profession.

Overall employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations from 2020 to 2030.
Public and private schools are projected to experience a decline in pupil/teacher ratios.
The best-paid 10 percent in the field made approximately $91,980, while the bottom 10 percent made approximately $37,360. Compensation is often subject to years of experience and educational level. Additionally, salaries and benefit packages can differ at public and private institutions.

Career Outlook

The job outlook for Preschool Teachers is expected to grow 18% percent through 2026.

The job outlook for a Kindergarten and Elementary School Teacher is expected to grow 7% through 2026.

Job Salary

Mean pay for a Preschool Teacher is $31,930 per year

Mean pay for a Kindergarten and Elementary School Teacher is $60,660 per year

Becoming Connecticut State Community College

STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. Click here for more details about this merger.