Elementary Teaching Degree Programs in Tucson, AZ with School Info

The Tucson, Arizona, area has three schools that offer elementary education programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission info and program requirements for these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Comparison of Elementary Education School Options in Tucson, Arizona

For those wishing to pursue a career in teaching at the elementary level, there are three school options in the greater Tucson, Arizona area. The University of Arizona (UA) offers a Bachelor of Arts in Education with a concentration in elementary education; the same degree is also available with an additional emphasis in bilingual education. Northern Arizona University - Tucson has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree and also offers two graduate programs in elementary education. Pima Community College offers an Associate of Arts in Elementary Education that is designed for students who intend to transfer into a bachelor's degree program at a four-year school.

University of Arizona Northern Arizona University - Tucson Pima Community College
Elementary Education Degree Programs Offered Bachelor of Arts in Education, Bachelor of Arts in Education with Bilingual Emphasis Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Education with Certification Emphasis, Master of Education with Continuing Professional Emphasis Associate of Arts in Elementary Education
Related Programs Offered Bachelor of Science in Education for Special Education and Rehabilitation Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education,
Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Studies
School Type Four-year, public Four-year, public Two year, public
Total Enrollment (2011) 39,236**** 546 (Tucson campus only)** 36,969****
Campus Setting Large city**** Large City**** Large City****
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees $9,286 in-state; $25,496 out-of state (2011-2012)**** $337 per credit hour, in-state; $749 per credit hour, out-of-state (tuition only, Spring 2013)** $1,532 in-state; $7,184 out-of-state (2011-2012)****
% of First-year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2011) 83%**** 85% (all campuses)**** 68%****
Acceptance Rate (Fall 2010) 75%**** 65% (all campuses)**** Open admission policy****
Retention Rate (2011) 77% full-time, 48% part-time**** 73% (all campuses)**** 60% full-time, 40% part-time****
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2011) 61%**** 31% (all campuses)**** 12%****
Relevant Resources Largest collection of children's and adolescent international literature in America* N/A Online courses available***
Noteworthy Arizona's oldest school of education Students complete first two years at community college tuition rates N/A
Distance from Downtown (Driving Time) 2.8 miles (8 minutes) 4 miles (12 minutes) 10.5 miles (19 minutes)

Sources: *University of Arizona, **Northern Arizona University-Tucson, ***Pima Community College- Desert Vista, ****NCES College Navigator.

Degrees at the University of Arizona

The College of Education at the University of Arizona (UA) was founded in 1922, making it the first school of education in the state. The School of Education is staffed by 58 full time faculty and 30 clinical and adjunct faculty members.

Bachelor of Arts in Education

Candidates for the B.A. in Education with an elementary education emphasis are required to take general education courses covering language arts, mathematics, sciences, social studies and the arts, as well as courses in teaching fundamentals, teaching methods and student teaching. Areas covered include teaching methods, classroom processes, child development and structured English immersion. Student teaching takes place during the final semester of senior year, putting theory into practice when the teacher, under supervision, assumes complete responsibility for an elementary school class. The degree leads to the state's elementary education certification.

Bachelor of Arts in Education with Bilingual Option

The option of a bilingual emphasis in B.A. in Education program is designed for students who are already bilingual in Spanish and English. In addition to the requirements for a B.A. in Education, described above, students also complete 18 units dealing with bilingual education, including bilingual foundations and philosophy, methodology, linguistics and culture.

Degrees at Northern Arizona University - Tucson

Northern Arizona University - Tucson is a part of the Northern Arizona University system, which is comprised of 36 campuses. The school is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and NAU graduates have a 98% pass rate on Arizona's education assessment exam.

Bachelor of Science in Education

The Bachelor of Science in Education with a specialization in elementary education is designed for students seeking teacher certification in addition to a bachelor's degree. Students are required to complete general education, education, elective and diversity courses, which may or may not fulfill other requirements.

Master of Education with Certification Emphasis

The Master of Education with Certification Emphasis program is comprised of 46 hours of education courses and a capstone program of 12 hours (two semesters) of student teaching. Students in the program complete advanced courses in curriculum and instruction and have the option of completing the reading specialist endorsement as well.

Master of Education with Continuing Professional Emphasis

The Master of Education with Continuing Professional Emphasis program provides students with mentoring and collaborative opportunities. The program explores such topics as curriculum design, teaching methods and classroom strategies. Students are required to complete 36 hours of coursework in order to obtain a degree. Those wishing to pursue teaching certification must do so separately, as this degree plan does not culminate in certification.

Degrees at Pima Community College

Pima Community College is comprised of six campuses in the Tucson area, as well as several satellite centers. Classes for the associate degree can be taken at multiple locations.

Associate of Arts in Elementary Education

The Associate of Arts in Elementary Education is designed for students planning to transfer to another school to obtain a four-year degree. Completion of between 62 and 69 hours of coursework is required by the degree plan. Students in this track take general education courses in English, math, history, and science in addition to education related classes.

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  • School locations:
    • Pennsylvania campus Philadelphia
    Areas of study you may find at University of Pennsylvania include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: First Professional Certificate, Post Master's Certificate, Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Education
      • Counseling and Guidance
      • Curriculum and Instruction
      • Educational Administration and Supervision
      • Educational Evaluation and Research
      • ESL Teaching
      • Philosophical Foundations of Education
      • Teacher Education for Specific Levels and Methods
        • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
        • Teaching, Elementary
        • Teaching, High School
        • Teaching, Young Children
      • Teacher Education for Specific Subject Areas
  • School locations:
    • Rhode Island campus Providence
    Areas of study you may find at Brown University include:
      • Graduate: First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Education
      • Educational Administration and Supervision
      • ESL Teaching
      • Teacher Education for Specific Levels and Methods
        • Teaching, Elementary
      • Teacher Education for Specific Subject Areas

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