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Elementary Teaching Degree Programs in Tucson, AZ with School Info

Dec 22, 2018

The Tucson, Arizona, area has three schools that offer elementary education programs within about 10 miles of the city's center. Learn about the degree options and program requirements to find out which one is a good fit for your goals.

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Tucson Elementary Teaching Schools

For those wishing to pursue a career in teaching at the elementary level, there are three school options in the greater Tucson, Arizona, area. Both undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available. This article highlights the required coursework and student teaching experiences at the profiled colleges; it also includes a table of facts and figures for comparison of the institutions in many areas.

  • The University of Arizona (UA) offers a bachelor's degree in education with a concentration in elementary education; the same degree is also available with an additional emphasis in bilingual education. The campus is about two miles from downtown Tucson.
  • Located around four miles from the central part of the city, Northern Arizona University - Tucson has a bachelor's degree in education with an emphasis in elementary education and also offers a master's-level program in education with three areas of emphasis.
  • Pima Community College, situated roughly three miles from downtown Tucson, offers an associate's degree in the field that is designed for students who intend to transfer into a bachelor's degree program at a four-year school.

Comparison of Schools

You've explored the profiled schools' degree options, now take a look at other facts that can influence your choice on where to study elementary education. This table has details on undergraduate tuition rates, financial aid stats, acceptance figures and much more.

University of Arizona Northern Arizona University Pima Community College
School Type Four-year, public Four-year, public Two year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 43,751* 31,051* 24,347*
Campus Setting Large city* Large city* Large city*
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $11,877 in-state; $35,307 out-of state* $11,059 in-state; $24,841 out-of-state* $2,118 in-state; $7,434 out-of-state*
% of First-year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 86%* 92%* 67%*
Acceptance Rate (Fall 2017) 84%* 81%* Open admission policy*
Retention Rate (2017) 83% full-time, 62% part-time* 76% full-time, 50% part-time* 64% full-time, 42% part-time*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 64% (students start 2011)* 55% (students began 2011)* 16% (students began 2014)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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 on campus. 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, students will be completing their second and third semesters at a local elementary school. The fourth semester will be student teaching experience in bilingual or dual language classrooms.

Northern Arizona University - Tucson

Northern Arizona University - Tucson is a part of the Northern Arizona University system, which is comprised of more than 30 campuses. The school is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

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 in Elementary Education with Continuing Professional Emphasis

The Master of Education in Elementary 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 30 units 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.

Master of Education in Elementary Education with Elementary National Board Preparation Emphasis

The Master of Education in Elementary Education with Elementary National Board Preparation Emphasis requires students to complete at least 16 units in the emphasis area. Topics include components of content knowledge, the learning environment, differentiated instruction and reflective practice.

Master of Education in Elementary Education with Reading K-8 Emphasis

The Master of Education in Elementary Education with Reading K-8 Emphasis requires the completion of 18 units in the emphasis area. Coursework focuses on reading and phonics instruction, applied research, reading programs and remedial reading.

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 60 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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