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Elementary Teacher Education

Required Core Courses (46 units)

Course Number Course Title Units C-ID Descriptor
BIOL 010  Introduction to Biology and Lab  3 units  
BIOL 010L Introduction to Biology Lab 1 unit  
CHEM 002  Introductory Chemistry 4 units CHEM 140 / PHYS 140
CHEM 030A Fundamentals of Chemistry 4 units CHEM 140 / PHYS 140
CHST 002 Child Growth and Development 3 units CDEV 100
COMM 001 Public Speaking 3 units COMM 110
ELED 020 Introduction to Elementary Teaching 2 units EDUC 200
ELED 020A Field Experience in Elementary Teaching 1 unit EDUC 200
ENGL 001A English Composition 3 units ENGL 100
ENGL 001B Critical Thinking Through Literature 3 units ENGL 120
GEOG 006 World Regional Geography 3 units GEOG 125
GEOL 012 Earth Science with Lab 4 units GEOL 120 & 120L
HIST 005A World History: Prehistory to 1500 3 units HIST 150
HIST 017A United States History 3 units HIST 130
MATH 014 Math for Elementary School Teachers 3 units MATH 120
PHYS 010 Conceptual Introduction to Physics 4 units  
POLI 001/H American Government or Honors 3 units POLS 110

List A: Select One Course (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units C-ID Descriptor
ENGL 001C/H Critical Thinking and Writing or Honors 3 units  
PHIL 003 Introduction to Ethics 3 units  
PHIL 017 Logic & Critical Reasoning  3 units  

List B: Select One Course (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units C-ID Descriptor
ARTS 001A Survey of Western Arts I 3 units  
ARTS 004 Art Appreciation 3 units ARTH 100
MUSC 010 Music Appreciation 3 units MUS 100
THEA 010 Introduction to Theater 3 units THTR 111

Major Requirements: 52 units

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

Elective Units As Needed To Total 60 CSU Transferable Units

The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) is intended for students who plan to transfer and complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing this transfer degree:

  • will earn an Associate’s Degree from West Valley College
  • are guaranteed admission to a campus in the CSU system
  • will be prepared to start upper division coursework at the CSU
  • will not need to complete more than 60 units after transfer

CSUs with Similar Majors

A complete and up-to-date listing of the similar CSU majors can be found by visiting

For more information, please speak with a counselor from Counseling or Transfer.

Important Notes

  • Completion of 60 CSU-transferable semester units with an overall GPA of at least 2.0
  • While a minimum of 2.0 GPA is required for CSU admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult with a counselor for more information.
  • Completing courses prior to transfer that satisfy the U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals requirement as part to the CSU GE-B or IGETC is highly recommended.

Learn more about Associate Degree for Transfer at West Valley College.

Last Updated 8/5/21