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Engin Atasay
Elementary and Secondary Education Department Chair

777 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA 02720

The Associate in Arts in Elementary Education degree at Bristol Community 
College prepares students to become transformative and empowering 

The program is designed for aspiring educators who strive to empower and 
foster positive change in their community. Let Bristol Community College be 
your path to get there

About the Program

The Elementary Education Program is a rewarding and innovative program that meets your academic and career needs and sets you apart upon graduation. The education courses in the program allow students to establish strong educational foundations and study courses that align with the emerging trends and needs of the field of education.

Courses include

  • Education, Society and Philosophy
  • Language Education and Literacy
  • Foundations of Education with Teaching Pre-Practicum
  • Diversity and Multicultural Education 

Bristol is proud to offer additional rewarding program electives courses to further build your knowledge and skills. These include:

  • Ecoliteracy, Education and Society
  • Education and Technology
  • Children’s Literature
  • Art for the Child


Job Outlook

10% growth in job opportunities by 2030



Average Pay of K-12 Educators

$61,350 per year

U.S. Department of Labor,, May 2023

Your Future Starts at Bristol

Starting at Bristol is a smart choice. There are several options available to you in our 
program, which prepares you to teach from kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12). 


Transfer into an education program at a 4-year college or university that offers teacher licensure in Massachusetts. 

The courses in the program are transferable to other institutions, so you will be well 
on your way to your bachelor’s degree should you choose that path upon graduation. 
Bristol participates in the statewide MassTransfer Pathways program and has 
developed many transfer agreements that guarantee admission and credit transfer. 
For a complete listing of eligible MassTransfer programs and current transfer 
agreements, visit 


Transfer pathways into Secondary Education programs at a 4-year college and university. 

If you are interested in becoming a middle or high school teacher, you can start at 
Bristol and transfer into a secondary education program at a 4-year college of your 
choice. Several transfer partnerships are available, saving you time and money on 
the path to your degree and licensure. 


Qualify to be paraprofessional once you have completed 48 credits at Bristol.

Often known as a teacher assistant, paraprofessionals work alongside teachers in 
the classroom. This is a great way to obtain further training or experience in the field 
of education.


Start here, go anywhere! 


  • A popular transfer program between Bristol Community College and Bridgewater State University, elementary education students at Bristol can seek dual licensure in elementary and special education and save money by transferring through this unique program.

Lesley University

  • A full articulation agreement between Bristol and Lesley allows Bristol students to transfer all their credits into either the elementary or secondary education program for teacher licensure at Lesley. 

UMass Dartmouth

  • This program is suitable for students seeking a teaching licensure in secondary education.

Meet with our admissions and/or transfer counselors to learn about these and other 
transfer partnerships and opportunities! 

Learn more about the Associate Degree program and course requirements in our academic catalog.