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Elementary Education degrees abroad

Elementary education programs prepare individuals with the theoretical understanding and practical skills necessary to effectively teach children in the earliest years of their formal education.

You’ll learn about child psychology, teaching methods, types of learners, and classroom management. You’ll be equipped with the tools and confidence to teach fundamental skills and concepts in classroom settings, including reading, writing, basic mathematics, and problem-solving.

Today’s classrooms are increasingly diverse and home to children from various countries and cultures. By studying elementary education abroad, you’ll develop the experience and empathy needed to relate to children, no matter their background. You’ll see how teaching techniques vary overseas and can use what you’ve learned to inform and improve your own practice.

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Elementary Education program structure

You can study both undergraduate and postgraduate elementary education programs. A bachelor’s degree is the most common course of study and is offered as either a BA or BSc over three to four years.

Once you’ve completed your bachelor’s in elementary education, or if you already have a degree in another subject, you can apply to study one of the following master’s degrees: MA, MS, or Master of Education (MEd). These usually take one or two years to finish, depending on whether you study full or part-time.

If you want to work as an elementary school teacher in the US, you’ll need a valid license that you’ll gain once you’ve finished your BA. Some states will also require a master’s degree.

Teaching works a little differently in the UK. After finishing gaining your bachelor’s in primary education, you’ll become a newly-qualified teacher and will begin a supervised induction program in a school. If you’ve got a bachelor’s in another subject, you’ll need a post-graduate certificate in education (PGCE), which is the equivalent of a master’s.

After gaining your master’s you can go onto pursue a PhD, which typically takes five years to complete. You’ll gather knowledge through lectures, seminars, workshops, and one-to-one tutorials. One of the best ways to accelerate your learning is to gain hands-on experience in classroom environments. So, for most programs, you’ll need to complete placements in local schools.

The exact content and structure of elementary education programs vary from university to university. However, there are some core areas of study you can expect to encounter, including:

  • Key concepts in elementary education
  • Learning and teaching in the elementary years
  • Introduction to childhood psychology
  • Contemporary issues in childhood
  • Introduction to planning
  • Legislation, policies, and procedures in elementary education
  • Inclusive education and practice
  • Assessing and evaluating teaching and learning

Elementary Education study abroad programs

Elementary education undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in elementary education

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    Elementary Education - BSc (with foundation and placement) Brenau University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    6 years
    Annual tuition fee
    31,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,000 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Elementary Education: K-6 Certification - BSc University of Central Florida, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,467 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,467 USD

    Start date
    January, May
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    Early Childhood and Elementary Education/Special Ed - BS Marywood University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    37,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,700 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Early Childhood/Elementary Education (P-3/K-6) - BSc University of West Alabama, USA
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    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,700 USD

    Start date
    August, January, May
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    Education: Elementary Education - BSED Baylor University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    54,844 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 54,844 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Associate in elementary education

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    Elementary Education - AA Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,655 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,655 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Elementary Education - AA Santiago Canyon College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,992 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,992 USD

    Start date
    August, February, June
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    Elementary Education - AA College of Southern Nevada, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,200 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Elementary Education - AA Lake Land College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,291 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,291 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Elementary Education - AA Selkirk College, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,556 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,020 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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Elementary education graduate programs

Master's in elementary education

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    Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary Education - MSEd Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,868 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,868 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Elementary Education - MEd University of Hartford, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,115 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,115 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Elementary Education - MEd DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,680 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,680 USD

    Start date
    September, January, March
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    Elementary Education - Integrated BA/MEd Drury University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    32,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,500 USD

    Start date
    December, January, August
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    Elementary Education - MA Lewis University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    20 months
    Annual tuition fee
    16,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,200 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Certificate in elementary education

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    Primary Education - PGCE Ulster University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,849 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,320 GBP

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about PGCE Primary Education - Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) (Coleraine campus)

Future elementary education careers

As an elementary education graduate, you’ll have the tools that you need to begin a rewarding and fulfilling career in early-years education. You’ll also have acquired plenty of transferable skills that could be applied to a wide range of professional roles. Here are some of the most common graduate careers:

  • Elementary school teacher
  • Early years practitioner
  • Nursery manager
  • Classroom assistant
  • Youth sports coach
  • Special educational needs practitioner
  • Family services worker

Whichever role you decide to pursue, it’s a good idea to gain as much work experience as possible. Work with your university’s career service to see if you can organize any additional placement and internship opportunities that will improve your employability.