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Associate of Arts Degree - Elementary or Secondary

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Associate of Arts Degree - Elementary or Secondary

Associate of Arts



The Associate of Arts Degree in Elementary Education or Secondary Education are completely online. Obtaining your AA degree can be the first step in completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree.   



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Start dates
are flexible with new classes beginning every eight weeks.
Fully accredited
by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
your AA into NNU's accelerated or traditional on-campus Bachelor Degree programs.

Elementary or Secondary

Through NNU Online, you now have the opportunity to earn your two year Associate Degree in Elementary or Secondary Education completely online. If you are interested in becoming a teacher, obtaining your AA degree can be a first step in completing the process.   Many Idaho school district recommend that their paraprofessionals have an AA degree.
All classes for the AA will be completed online in either an 8-week or 5-week format. Students entering the program with no existing credits can complete the degree in two years; students with existing credits may complete the program sooner. You must complete a minimum of 63 semester credits to meet the degree requirements, and 32 of those credits must be taken at NNU. Complete degree requirements and class descriptions can be found online in the NNU Catalog.

Transferring your AA

After completing your AA in Elementary Education or Secondary Education through NNU Online, you can transfer into NNU's accelerated or traditional on-campus Bachelor of Arts Degree programs in education.
The Accelerated Certification in Education Program (ACE) offers a B.A. in Elementary Education, which meets the Idaho requirements for Teacher Certification in All Subjects ( in grades K-8) and includes one Middle School content (5-9) endorsement.  This program meets on-campus in the evenings to accommodate the schedules of students with other responsibilities during the day. Through this program, you can complete your degree and earn your teaching certificate in as few as 16 months.
The traditional on-campus program offers several different areas of study, including Elementary Education and Secondary Education, which are not available online. Classes are taken on-campus during the day in a traditional college environment. The time required to complete your degree will depend on the program-specific requirements.
Degree Details

Associate of Arts

Offered Online

$405 per credit - See All Tuition & Fee Info

Related Career Paths
Career Avg. Salary
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education $47,670
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education $46,300
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education $47,350
Metropolitan and nonmetropolitan area occupational employment and wage estimates for the Boise area are sourced from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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