Gogebic Community College

Elementary Education and Special Education

Employment

Elementary school teachers play a vital role in the development of children. They introduce children to numbers, language, science, and social students. Teachers often work with an entire class, but also provide individual attention as much as possible.

Special education teachers instruct students with a variety of disabilities.

Job Outlook

Employment for elementary school teachers is expected to grow moderately, 16%, through the year 2005. Job prospects will be good in rural areas.

Special education teacher employment is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2005.

Earnings

In 1994, there were nearly 1.6 million kindergarten and elementary school teachers. The job market for teachers varies from state to state and school district. Teachers in subjects such as mathematics, science, bilingual education, and computer science, for example, seem to be in short supply. According to the National Education Association, the estimated average salary in 1995 was $36,900. Starting salaries ranged from about $20,000 to $25,000 a year. Salaries in private schools generally were lower. Many public school teachers belong to unions, such as the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, that bargain with school systems over wages, hours, and the terms and conditions of employment.

The Requirements

The following are the required courses necessary to receive an Associate Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education:

COURSE  
CREDIT
ORI 100 Freshman Seminar
1
ENG 101 English Composition I
3
ENG 102 English Composition II
3
HST 101 Western Civilization I OR
HST 102 Western Civilization II
4
PSY 101 General Psychology
4
MTH 121 Principles of Elem. Math I
4
MTH 122 Principles of Elem. Math II
4
HST 201 U.S. History I OR
HST 202 U.S. History
3
EDU 201 Introduction to Education
2
PSY 202 Child Development & Psychology
4
PLS 101 Intro. To American Government
3
GEG 111 World Regional Geography
4
SPE 101 Public Speaking
3
ENG 230 Literature for Children
3
  Lab Science
8
  Social Science Elective
3
  Humanities Elective
6
  Electives to fulfill degree requirements toward a major/minor
3
  PE Elective
  TOTAL CREDITS
64

For more information contact the Admissions Office
Phone 1-800-682-5910 ext. 207