quinebaug valley community college

Associate of Arts, Pathways to Teaching

Contact Information

Denise Walsh
Professor of Mathematics


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.

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Career Outlook

This is a transfer program, and as such does not have employment information. 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.

  • Between fall 2010, the last year for which national public school data is available, and fall 2021, the number of teachers in public and private elementary and secondary schools is projected to rise.
  • Public and private schools are projected to experience a decline in pupil/teacher ratios.
  • The annual number of new teacher hires is projected to be higher in 2021 than in 2010 in both public and private schools.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median annual wage for elementary school teachers was $53,760 in 2014 and $56,310 for secondary teachers.
  • The best-paid 10 percent in the field made approximately $80,140, while the bottom 10 percent made approximately $34,390. Compensation is often subject to years of experience and educational level. Additionally, salaries and benefit packages can differ at public and private institutions.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 6.9 percent employment growth for high school teachers between 2010 and 2020, adding 71,900 more professionals.