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Associate Degree for Transfer-Elementary Teacher Education 2019-2020


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.

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: 90

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) (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.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Although it is possible to fulfill the requirements for the Associate Degree for Transfer by completing the IGETC for UC pattern, admission to CSU requires completion of an Oral Communication course (IGETC Area 1C; CSU GE Area A-1); therefore, students who plan to transfer to CSU should complete this course as part of their GE or elective units.

Core Courses (70-71 units)

BIOL 10 General Biology: Basic Principles (5 units)
or BIOL 14 Human Biology (5 units)
CHLD 1 Child Growth & Development: Prenatal through Early Childhood (4 units)
CHLD 2 Child Growth & Development II: Middle Childhood through Adolescence (4 units)
COMM 1A Public Speaking (5 units)
or COMM 1AH Honors Public Speaking (5 units)
EDUC 2 Introduction to Elementary Education (5 units)
ENGL 1A Composition & Reading (5 units)
or ENGL 1AH Honors Composition & Reading (5 units)
or ENGL 1T Integrated Composition & Reading (4 units)
ENGL 16 Introduction to Literature (4 units)
GEOG 10 World Regional Geography (4 units)
GEOG 20 Introduction to Earth Science (4 units)
HIST 3A World History from Prehistory to 750 CE (4 units)
HIST 3B World History from 750 CE to 1750 CE (4 units)
HIST 17A History of the United States to 1815 (4 units)
HIST 17B History of the United States from 1812 to 1914 (4 units)
MATH 42 Math for Elementary School Teachers (5 units)
POLI 1 Political Science: Introduction to American Government & Politics (5 units)
PSE 20 Introduction to Physical Science (5 units)

Support Courses (9-9.5 units)

Complete ONE course from List A:
List A:
ENGL 1B Composition, Critical Reading & Thinking through Literature (5 units)
or ENGL 1BH Honors Composition, Critical Reading & Thinking through Literature (5 units)
ENGL 1C Argumentative Writing & Critical Thinking (5 units)
or ENGL 1CH Honors Argumentative Writing & Critical Thinking (5 units)
PHIL 1 Critical Thinking & Writing (5 units)
PHIL 7 Introduction to Symbolic Logic (5 units)

And complete ONE course from List B:
List B:
ART 1 Introduction to Art (4.5 units)
MUS 1 Introduction to Music (4 units)
THTR 1 Introduction to Theatre (4 units)

And complete OPTIONAL courses from List C*:
List C:
GEOG 2 Human Geography (4 units)
HIST 10 History of California: The Multicultural State (4 units)
HLTH 21 Contemporary Health Concerns (4 units)
SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology (5 units)
or SOC 1H Honors Introduction to Sociology (5 units)
PSYC 49 Human Sexuality (4 units)

*As noted, List C courses are optional, and are not required to satisfy the degree requirements. Please contact a counselor if you have any questions.

Control Information:
2019-2020 | Status: Approved | Modified: 2019-04-26 09:27:30 | Dept Code: CHLD

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