K-12 Education Associate’s Degree Programs

Career Options

  • Teacher
  • Teacher’s Aid

Expected Salary


Job Growth


These projections are estimates based on data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

An associate’s degree in K-12 education concentrates on teaching students within the age ranges of five and eighteen. School districts usually make divisions and today, most of them are separated as follows:

  1. Kindergarten through fifth grade
  2. Sixth through eighth grade
  3. Ninth through twelfth grade

There are exceptions to the rule, where primary schools end in the sixth grade or middle schools consist of only eighth grade. You will find that there are many different configurations of a K-12 education.

A degree in K-12 Education gives you the opportunity to teach students from kindergarten through the twelfth grade. After two years of an associate’s degree, you may want to continue your studies and transfer your credits to an accredited online school. You may want to specialize your teaching such as becoming a social studies, mathematics, foreign language or general sciences teacher.

There are many different methodologies for teaching students of these ages. A good online program will incorporate ideas of general guidance and psychology in addition to your core subjects. Although you do often work on your own, K-12 educators must be prepared to work as a team in many schools. There are many situations within a school that demand teachers of the same grade level, for example, to meet. You also should be prepared to work with guidance counselors, administration (principals and vice-principals, usually) and child study teams.

Although all states require educators in a public school setting to earn a Bachelor’s degree, your associate’s degree can open up beginning opportunities within a private school or other educational environment.

The associate’s degree program in K through 12 encompasses courses that will ready you for a career as a teacher’s aide. There are literally endless careers that you can choose when you graduate, whether you prefer working with special needs children or just working as an aide in a seventh grade classroom. Seasoned teachers welcome aides to help them with paperwork, setting up a classroom for a special assignment or even teaching briefly while the teacher is present. Even though it has its complexities, you will definitely find a career in K-12 education very rewarding.

K-12 Education Associate’s Degree Programs Enrolling Now

South College

At South College we welcome students from all different stages of life and career. Whether you are pursing a degree for the first time, going back to school as an adult learner, or furthering your career with an advanced degree, our faculty and staff will partner with you to give your dreams direction.

Enjoy a small college environment with a variety of educational programs and courses offered at varying times including day, evening, and Saturday classes, with select courses offered online.

At South College, the primary goal of each curriculum is to prepare students to pursue the career of their choice. Students will find challenging courses provided in a supportive atmosphere.

South College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the doctorate, master’s, baccalaureate, associate and certificate levels.


Lincoln College of New England

At Lincoln College of New England (LCNE), we offer everything you’ll find at traditional 4-year colleges: quality academics, a wide range of career-focused programs to choose from and a highly knowledgeable faculty. We pride ourselves on what sets us apart from traditional schools: a personal approach with strong emphasis on your individual success as a student.

Our personalized approach to academics has been LCNE’s trademark for success. We maintain a limited class size and employ dedicated college instructors to make this student-centric approach possible. This personalized academic route is what truly defines LCNE and sets us apart from other colleges. It gives our graduates the competitive advantage they need to set out into the workforce.

Lincoln College of New England offers students degree programs in the fields of Health Sciences, Business, Communications, Hospitality, and much more. All of our Bachelor’s Degrees, Associate Degrees, and Certificate programs offer in-depth curricula to help you excel in the career of your choice. Students can also take advantage of flexible class schedules and available on-campus housing. Whichever program you choose, count on success in your future career with the skills, confidence and credentials you’ll gain at Lincoln College of New England!