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Elementary Education

Are you someone with a passion for influencing young lives? Do you see yourself teaching elementary school kids the fundamental lessons that will inspire them to be even more than they dream they can be?

Then this is the program for you. The Elementary Education program through the College of Education and Human Development’s Department of Teaching and Leading prepares students for a fulfilling career in education.

At Augusta University, you’ll receive an education like no other, with mentorships and experiences that give you the knowledge and classroom experience you need to be successful in a classroom of your own and the support after you graduate to help you continue to learn and grow as an educator.

Elementary Education is for you if you consider yourself

Creative and Expressive
Helpful and Nurturing



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What You'll Study


In the Elementary Education program, you’ll take courses in the elementary school curriculum as well as courses in classroom management, STEAM education and special education. You’ll also be placed with selected master teachers for a full semester of student teaching.

Course List | Track Sheet | Prerequisites & Deadlines

Experience-based Education

Outside the Classroom

The Inspiring Men of Color initiative responds to the lack of racially diverse educators — particularly male educators — by providing inspiration and motivation to attract minority males into the field of education.

Partnerships with local schools allow college and partner school faculty to co-teach classes that provide the latest information regarding changes in standards and county and state initiatives.

The Induction Collaborative helps local school districts support our graduates during their first years as teachers, ensuring new teachers receive the advice and assistance they need to feel comfortable in the classroom.


Research & Innovation

Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, you’ll have opportunities to create your own research projects or work with faculty to tackle some of the world’s most complex and pressing challenges.


Professional Learning

Educators never stop learning, and our wide variety of professional learning opportunities — from workshops to conferences to certifications and courses — ensures our students, faculty, staff and alumni are always exposed to the latest techniques and information.


Military Friendly

Through counseling and referral services, the Troops to Teachers program assists transitioning service members and veterans with pursuing a career in education.


Clubs & Organizations

Student organizations are an important part of learning and support, and we’ve got a lot of them, from honor societies to kinesiology clubs to a student ambassador program, where select students represent the college to incoming freshmen.

Your Future

Career Options

With a Special Education degree, you leave college with the knowledge and experience to teach students with special needs in grades prekindergarten through 12.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income for Special Education teachers is $61,820 per year.

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Learning Like No Other

Why Augusta?

Partnerships with local schools mean your hands-on classroom experience is mentored by master teachers invested in your success.

Opportunities for engagement with like-minded students and experts in the field maximize your preparation and increase your level of success.

Continuing support after graduation makes those first few years in the classroom less stressful and more successful.

Four students sit around a table with two women from Augusta University in the Augusta University storefront at the Junior Achievement Discovery Center.

‘We see all of these middle schoolers potentially as future Jaguars’

Faculty, staff and students from Augusta University can volunteer at Junior Achievement Discovery Center to help middle students learn valuable life skills, such as financial literacy and career readiness.

photo from article Augusta University invests $6 million to boost faculty and staff amid enrollment surge

Augusta University invests $6 million to boost faculty and staff amid enrollment surge

This significant investment was primarily aimed at bolstering areas where the university expects to see the most growth in core classes that first- and second-year students need to progress toward their degree, but the funding will also support all areas of enrollment growth through increasing student support in areas.

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Making lifelong connections with the Jags4Jags Mentoring Program at Augusta University

The Jags4Jags program at Augusta University was created to enhance new student experience by linking first-year students to mentors who are ready to listen, inspire and help navigate any future challenges.

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Both young and old are taking advantage of the Dr. Paulette P. Harris Literacy Center at Augusta University

Linda Butler and her brothers Jacob and Glenn are weekly visitors to the Dr. Paulette P. Harris Literacy Center, taking advantage of computer literacy programs to enhance their skills.

Learning Like No Other

The Augusta University College of Education and Human Development is committed to being a relevant, responsive, and respected institution with a keen focus toward high impact work in the community. Our faculty, students, and alumni are committed to improving lives and expanding opportunities through the comprehensive study and effective practice of education.