Become an Elementary Teacher Online

The following short article is written to provide general advice about online education and degrees, not just information specific to WGU. If you have specific questions about WGU, feel free to inquire online or speak with an enrollment counselor (1-866-225-5948).

Are you ready to re-invent yourself by changing your career? Have you always loved working with children? Why not become a teacher online? An online degree in elementary education can help you fulfill your dream of becoming an elementary school teacher. Online teaching degree programs are perfect for:

  • Unlicensed substitute teachers ready to work full-time
  • Professionals changing careers
  • Retired military personnel with a desire to teach
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Anyone who wants to make a difference in children’s lives by teaching.

What Should You Look for in an Online Teaching Degree Program?

Seek an accredited degree program to ensure you’ll get the content knowledge and teaching skills necessary. An NCATE-accredited program will make it easier for you to find a classroom job when you graduate.

The program should offer supervised practice teaching in real classrooms to prepare you for your role as an elementary school teacher. At the end of your program, you should graduate with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8) and a professional portfolio that you can present during job interviews. You will be prepared to pass your teaching certification exams, the requirements for which vary state to state, and you will be on your way to becoming an elementary school teacher.