Elementary Education Degrees

Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer in Elementary Teacher Education

The Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer degree (AA-T in Elementary Teacher Education) is a 60 unit program which provides students the lower division coursework required for transfer to a CSU institution for the major in Elementary Teacher Education for the goal of becoming an elementary school teacher. Students who complete the Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer degree (AA-T in Elementary Teacher Education) will be able to demonstrate knowledge in child development theories, apply developmentally appropriate elementary education practices, develop curriculum appropriate for school-age children, and utilize professional skills appropriate for teaching at the elementary school level.

Students must complete the following requirements:

  • 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units
  • the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern
  • a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district
  • obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
  • earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis

Students are not required to complete the information competency requirements, PE requirements or cultural diversity requirements found in other degrees at the College.

After completing an A.A.-T in Elementary Teacher Education, a student will be able to:

  • Utilize child development theories to design developmentally appropriate curriculum for school-age children.
  • Demonstrate professional skills with children, families, and colleagues in the elementary school setting.

Required Core Courses (46 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ELED 20 Introduction to Elementary Teaching 2 units
ELED 20A Field Experience in Elementary Teaching 1 unit
CHST 2 Child Growth and Development 3 units
BIOL 10 Introduction to Biology 3 units
BIOL 10L Introduction to Biology Lab 1 unit
CHEM 2 Introductory Chemistry 4 units
OR
CHEM 30A Fundamentals Chemistry 4 units
PHYS 10 Conceptual Introduction to Physics 4 units
GEOL 12 Earth Science with Lab 4 units
MATH 14 Math for Elementary School Teachers 3 units
COMM 1 Public Speaking 3 units
ENGL 1A English Composition 3 units
ENGL 1B Critical Thinking Through Literature 3 units
GEOG 6 World Regional Geography 3 units
HIST 5A World History: Prehistory to 1500 3 units
HIST 17A United States History 3 units
POLI 1 American Government 3 units

List A: Select One Course (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ENGL 1C Critical Thinking and Writing 3 units
ENGL 1CH Honors Critical Thinking and Writing 3 units
PHIL 3 Introduction to Ethics 3 units
PHIL 17 Logic & Critical Reasoning 3 units

List B: Select One Course (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 4 Art Appreciation 3 units
MUSC 10 Music Appreciation 3 units
THEA 10 Introduction to Theater 3 units
ARTS 1A Survey of Western Arts I 3 units

Major Requirements: 52 units

CSU GE Breadth or IGETC for CSU Requirements: 37 – 39 units

Elective Units As Needed To Total 60 CSU Transferable Units

Fall, Year 1 (10 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
BIOL 10 Introduction to Biology 3 units
BIOL 10L Introduction to Biology Lab 1 unit
CHST 2 Child Growth and Development 3 units
ELED 20 Introduction to Elementary Teaching 2 units
ELED 20A Field Experience in Elementary Teaching 2 units

Spring, Year 1 (15 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
CHEM 2 Introductory Chemistry 4 units
GEOL 12 Earth Science with Lab 4 units
MATH 14 Math for Elementary School Teachers 3 units
PHYS 10 Conceptual Introduction to Physics 4 units

Fall, Year 2 (12 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
COMM 1 Public Speaking 3 units
ENGL 1A English Composition 3 units
ENGL 1B Critical Thinking Through Literature 3 units
GEOG 6 World Regional Geography 3 units

Spring, Year 2 (10 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
HIST 5A World History: Prehistory to 1500 3 units
HIST 17A United States History 3 units
POLI 1 American Government 3 units

Elective Courses

Spring or Fall, Year 1 or 2 (3 Units)

Choose 1 course from List A

Spring or Fall, Year 1 or 2 (3 Units)

Choose 1 course from List B

Required Major Total: 52 units

Last Updated 6/18/20