Elementary & Secondary Education

Service-Learning Manager Kate DeGraaf sits with elementary school kids during a Bruins Give Back event at Dudley STEM School.Public school teachers must have at least a bachelor’s degree, complete an approved teacher education program and be licensed by the State of Michigan. Students pursuing degrees in education will be selecting majors and/or minors for the degree at the bachelor level.

Kellogg Community College’s Elementary and Secondary Education Program has partnered with several bachelor-degree granting institutions to facilitate a smooth transition for students. At the community college level, students interested in earning a bachelor’s degree in either elementary or secondary education should follow the transfer guide for the institution they intend to enter at the junior class level.

Each bachelor-degree granting institution will vary in program requirements. It is very critical that community college students seek out program requirements for entry and for graduation from bachelor-degree granting institutions as soon as possible, even as early as their freshman year at KCC.

KCC offers a two-year Associate of Elementary Education degree for students focused on elementary education and an Associate in Arts degree for students focused on secondary education.

For more information about KCC’s Elementary and Secondary Education Program, see:

Associate of Elementary Education

KCC’s Associate of Elementary Education students earn approximately half the credits toward a four-year bachelor’s degree at KCC and complete the remaining courses required through a university. Elementary Education students at KCC follow a clearly defined degree path by following an articulation guide tailored to each student’s bachelor-degree granting institution of choice.

Associate in Arts Degree

For students with a focus on secondary education, there are many benefits to earning an Associate in Arts degree on the way to completing a bachelor’s degree. Benefits include more job opportunities, increased income earning potential and the opportunity to work in an education setting to gain valuable experience while completing training requirements to become a state-licensed teacher.

For Associate in Arts degree requirements, see the Associate in Arts section of KCC’s Academic Catalog or contact an academic advisor at 269-965-4124 or [email protected].

Transfer Opportunities

KCC students interested in pursuing a bachelor degree in Elementary or Secondary Education are recommended to do the following:

    1. Meet with an academic advisor to design an individualized academic plan for KCC courses that will best transfer to the student’s chosen four-year college or university.
    2. Students focusing on Elementary Education should meet with Education Program Specialist Ann Miller to discuss course offerings. Ann Miller can be reached at [email protected].
    3. Students should contact their transfer institution early in their freshman year to determine specific transfer requirements. Note that some transfer schools require a dual application process, one for admission into the institution and a second for admission into the specific school of education.

MACRAO/MTA Transfer Agreement

The MACRAO/MTA Transfer Agreement is a transfer agreement established by the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Students may find transferring to bachelor-degree granting institutions easier with the completion of MACRAO/MTA course requirements. Each transfer guide will identify whether or not a university or college requires MACRAO/MTA.

For assistance at any point in the academic planning process, contact our Academic Advising team at 269-965-4124 or [email protected] to schedule an appointment to plot a personal transfer plan.

Elementary & Secondary Education Careers

Careers in education are rewarding and demanding. Educators teach people throughout the lifespan, and the demand for qualified educators is ongoing. Today’s educators facilitate in group settings, use technology in instruction and model for students.

Teachers work with diverse families and need highly developed communication skills. Experts believe that the education profession will continue to grow as it evolves to include careers well beyond the traditional classroom teacher.

Possible job titles for graduates with an education in elementary and secondary education include:

  • Administrator
    • Administration specialist
    • College/university dean
    • Department chairperson
    • Literacy coordinator
    • Principal
    • Program director
    • Research assistant
    • Special project coordinator
  • Corporate trainer/mentor
    • Personal coach
    • Specialty mentor
    • Technology designer
  • Teacher
    • Elementary school teacher
    • Home visitor
    • Infant and toddler caregiver
    • Parent educator
    • Post-secondary school teacher
    • Preschool teacher
    • Secondary school teacher

Educators work in a wide variety of settings and environments, including:

  • Child care centers
  • Community organizations
  • Education and human service programs
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Public and private schools

Projected Job Outlook & Salary Information

For the latest employment and wage estimates for elementary and secondary education careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mi.htm.

Why Study Elementary & Secondary Education at KCC?

KCC is a nationally accredited, affordable two-year college that provides high-quality Education courses. Many students choose to transfer KCC Education courses to four-year universities. KCC’s faculty are well-qualified instructors with a passion for teaching, and the college’s small class sizes create a more interactive and personal learning environment.

Benefits of Study at KCC

Students studying Elementary and Secondary Education at KCC:

  • Have the opportunity to earn an Associate of Elementary Education degree
  • Have access to a defined degree path
  • Have the opportunity to complete entry-level requirements for further study at a bachelor-degree granting institution
  • Have access to industry and personal student advising services
  • Have access to a wide variety of academic and occupational departments on campus through which students can collaborate for unique experiences