Academic Catalog

Elementary Teacher Education, AA-T

Program Description

Students who complete the Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer degree will be ensured preferential transfer status to CSUs for Elementary Teacher Education/Liberal Studies majors. The degree requirements will fulfill the lower division major requirements at many CSUs. Students are advised, however, to meet with a counselor to assess the course requirements for specific local CSUs and to validate which CSUs are considered local.

Learn more about the program on the Child Development and Education website.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will display an understanding of elementary education and teaching, and will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of children's growth and development from utero through adolescence.
  • Students will leave with a broad, liberal study background, which will help prepare them to teach in an elementary classroom.

Units Required

  • Major: 79-80.5

Associate Degree Requirements

Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer requires completion of a minimum of 90 units to include:

  • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)1 (49-58 units) (full certification is required)
  • Core and support courses (79-80.5 units, of which 49-50 units may satisfy the GE requirement)
  • Transferable electives necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be completed with a grade of "C" (or "P") or better. In addition, the student must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Core and Support Courses 

Core Courses
BIOL 10GENERAL BIOLOGY: BASIC PRINCIPLES5
or BIOL 14 HUMAN BIOLOGY
CHLD 1CHILD GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT: PRENATAL THROUGH EARLY CHILDHOOD4
CHLD 2CHILD GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT II: MIDDLE CHILDHOOD THROUGH ADOLESCENCE4
COMM 1APUBLIC SPEAKING5
or COMM 1AH HONORS PUBLIC SPEAKING
EDUC 2INTRODUCTION TO ELEMENTARY EDUCATION5
ENGL 1ACOMPOSITION & READING4-5
or ENGL 1AH HONORS COMPOSITION & READING
or ENGL 1T INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
ENGL 16INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE4
GEOG 10WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY4
GEOG 20INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SCIENCE4
HIST 3AWORLD HISTORY FROM PREHISTORY TO 750 CE4
HIST 3BWORLD HISTORY FROM 750 CE TO 1750 CE4
HIST 17AHISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18154
HIST 17BHISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES FROM 1812 TO 19144
MATH 42MATH FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS5
POLI 1POLITICAL SCIENCE: INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT & POLITICS5
PSE 20INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL SCIENCE5
Support Courses
List A
Complete one course from List A:5
COMPOSITION, CRITICAL READING & THINKING THROUGH LITERATURE
HONORS COMPOSITION, CRITICAL READING & THINKING THROUGH LITERATURE
ARGUMENTATIVE WRITING & CRITICAL THINKING
HONORS ARGUMENTATIVE WRITING & CRITICAL THINKING
CRITICAL THINKING & WRITING
INTRODUCTION TO SYMBOLIC LOGIC
List B
And complete one course from List B:4-4.5
INTRODUCTION TO ART
INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC
INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
List C
And complete optional courses from List C: 1
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA: THE MULTICULTURAL STATE
CONTEMPORARY HEALTH CONCERNS
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
HONORS INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
HUMAN SEXUALITY
Total Units79-80.5