Why You Should Earn a Degree in Elementary Education

Becoming a teacher is one of the most rewarding careers you can pursue. Educators have the opportunity to teach, encourage, mentor, and shape the future generation. With an elementary education degree, you’ll have a variety of career paths to choose from that all circle back to one common value: life-long learning. Here are some reasons why you should consider earning a degree in elementary education.

You’ll develop life-long skills.

An elementary education degree is designed to prepare students to succeed as teachers in elementary schools, but it also provides you with a few key skills you could carry into a variety of careers. Skills like:

  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Critical-thinking
  • Patience
  • Negotiation
  • Leadership

These skills are highly valued in education and in other career paths, and they also equip you to become a life-long learner yourself.

You’ll have the opportunity to shape young world-changers.

 There is a high demand for teachers, especially in an elementary school setting. Rising student enrollment means a need to match the correct number of students to a teacher. Choosing a career in elementary education means that you’ll have the opportunity to shape a young person with the same values you were shaped with. You’ll have the opportunity to help develop world-changers, truth-seekers, and critical thinkers and to teach them to explore their love of learning.

You’ll receive a comprehensive education, yourself.

Choosing a career in education means that you also receive quality education. Elementary education programs, like Bethel’s, teach a wide range of classes such as education equity or education psychology that allows you to see the whole picture of teaching. You also will get to serve as a student teacher in a school and work alongside a seasoned educator who can help guide your hands-on learning.

 You’ll discover a variety of career opportunities.

Choosing a career education doesn’t mean you have to serve in an elementary school setting. There are a variety of careers to explore. Here are a few examples of what Bethel elementary education graduates have gone on to become:

  • Community educators
  • Museum educators
  • Life coaches
  • Curriculum writers
  • Public policy coordinators or analysts
  • Administrators in educational nonprofit organizations
  • Child life specialists
  • Personal tutors
  • Librarians
  • Special education professionals

You can also further you schooling in administration, specific licensure, counseling, special education, and more.

By choosing a degree in elementary education, you’ll discover a variety of paths that lead to a meaningful and impactful career. Get started at Bethel today.

Jill Martin, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Education, and Steve Bennett, Associate Professor of Education, contributed to the material of this blog. The Education Department at Bethel University helps students develop skills so they can make a difference—inside and outside of the classroom.