College of the Desert offers three paths for students wishing to work in elementary school. Elementary school teachers are required to have a bachelor’s degree and a fifth year of teacher education. Our Elementary Teacher Education transfer degree will prepare students to transfer to CSU to work towards that goal. We also offer two certificates that prepare students to work as teacher assistants/Paraeducators. Students completing these certificates will be prepared to take the Paraeducator exam and continue on towards an AA degree and/or transfer to a four year college.