K-12 Teacher Preparation

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K-12 Teacher Preparation

If you’ve always wanted to be a grade, middle, or high school teacher, this is where you start. The K–12 Teacher Preparation program at MCC prepares you for transfer as a junior to a university where you will earn the bachelor’s degree and certificate you need to become a teacher.

The Right Pathway for You

MCC offers Certificates of Completion and Transfer Options for this program. Your interests and goals will guide you in selecting the pathway that is ideal for you. You may find a combination of certificates or transfer options is the fastest way to realize your dreams.

Certificates

The knowledge and skills acquired while earning a Certificate of Completion (CCL) can help launch you into a new career or energize your current job. Generally requiring fewer credit hours than degrees or transfer programs, a CCL may be your best first step into higher education.

A list of available certificates offered in the K-12 Teacher Preparation program
Name Type Title Courses
Academic Certificate AC Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education for K-12
Academic Certificate AC Teaching and Learning, Teaching Second Language Acquisition through STEM

Transfer

Want to pursue a bachelor’s degree? Save money by starting at MCC in manageable, small classes taught by renowned faculty. Our transfer pathways with Arizona universities help you achieve two goals: completing an associate’s degree while also staying on track to earn a bachelor’s degree at your transfer destination. MCC’s university partnerships throughout the nation assure your seamless transition toward a four-year degree.

A list of available transfer options for the K-12 Teacher Preparation program
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Associate in Arts, Elementary Education Associate in Arts, Elementary Education Arizona State University Elementary Education (Bachelor of Arts in Education)
Northern Arizona University Elementary Education (Bachelor of Arts in Education)
University of Arizona Elementary Education (Bachelor of Arts in Education)

Career Opportunities

The K-12 Teacher Preparation program can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this program.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School $75,470
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors $47,620
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education $43,280
Instructional Coordinators $50,840
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education $42,800
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education $46,470
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School $44,780
Special Education Teachers, Middle School $43,420
Special Education Teachers, Secondary School $47,180
Teacher Assistants $23,340
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the K-12 Teacher Preparation program is available through the Education Studies department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.