Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer in Elementary School 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
CHST 2 Child Growth and Development 3 units
ELED 20 Introduction to Elementary Teaching 2 units
ELED 20A Field Experience in Elementary Teaching 1 unit
BIOL 10 Introduction to Biology 3 units
BIOL 10L Introduction to Biology Lab 1 unit
CHEM 2 Introductory 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 and Critical Reasoning 3 units

List B: Select one course (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 1A Survey of Western Art I 3 units
ARTS 4 Art Appreciation 3 units
MUSC 10 Music Appreciation 3 units
THEA 10 Introduction to Theatre 3 units
Total Major Units   52 units
GE Units (CSU GE or IGETC)   39 or 37 units
Total Degree Units   60 units

Recommended Course Sequence

Fall, Year 1 (10 units)

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

Spring, Year 1 (15 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
CHEM 2 Introductory 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

Fall, Year 2 (12 units)

Course Number Course Title 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

Spring, Year 2 (10 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
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

Courses

ELED 20: Introduction to Elementary Teaching

2 units: lecture 2 units; lab 0 units

Corequisite: ELED 20A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID EDUC 200

This course introduces students to the concepts and issues related to teaching diverse learners in today’s contemporary schools, Kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12). Topics include teaching as a profession and career, historical and philosophical foundations of the American education system, contemporary educational issues, California’s content standards and frameworks, and teacher performance standards. In addition to class time, the Corequisite course, ELED 20A, requires a minimum of 45 hours of structured fieldwork in public school elementary classrooms and includes cooperation with at least one carefully selected and campus-approved certificated classroom teacher. Pass/No Pass Option

ELED 20A: Field Experience in Elementary Teaching

1 units: Work Experience 1 unit

Corequisite: ELED 20

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID EDUC 200

This course provides students with the opportunity to apply knowledge of school-age children and appropriate curriculum by working under the supervision of a certified teacher in a public school setting (a minimum of 45 hours is required). Pass/No Pass Option

Elementary Education Faculty

Leslie Hotta Leslie Hotta
Elementary Education Instructor
Katherine Moore-Wines Katherine Moore-Wines
Elementary Education Instructor
Terry Shue Terry Shue
Elementary Education Instructor
Mary Soltis Mary Soltis
Elementary Education Instructor
last published: 12/14/18