Elementary Teacher Education, A.A.-T

AA-T in Elementary Education degree is designed to allow students to develop depth in concepts related to teaching in contemporary schools, Kindergarten through 12th grade. Students will be prepared to work in the field of educations such as a K-12 Educator, Education Administrator, Special Educator Teacher and School Counselors. Upon successful completion of courses leading to the Elementary Teacher Education AA-T Degree the student will be able to know and understand the established as well as recent theories of child development and apply human development theory to observation and practice. The successful student will be able to analyze and think critically about the teacher’s role in early learning and development settings.

AA.CDE.ETE.OPTBAAT or AA.CDE.ETE.OPTCAAT

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CSU: General Education Option B

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
MATH-155 Mathematics for Elementary Teaching (formerly Mathematics for Elementary Teaching I) 3
MUS-100 Introduction and Appreciation of Music 3
CDE-110 Child Development 3
 Units13
Spring Semester 1
GEOG-108 World Regional Geography 3
COMM-100 Public Speaking 3
PHY-101 Basic Physics: Energy and Motion 4
ENGL-103 Critical Thinking and Writing 3
HIST-103 World History to 1500 (formerly History of World Civilizations to 1500) 3
 Units16
Fall Semester 2
LIT-106 Introduction to Literature (formerly ENGL-106) 3
GEOL-106 Earth Science 4
CHEM-100 Introduction to Chemistry 4
PSYC-101 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Units14
Spring Semester 2
HIST-160 Black History in the American Context 3
HIST-111 U.S. History to 1877 3
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
BIOL-115 Introductory Topics in Biology: Cells to Ecosystems (formerly Topics in Biology) 4
ED-138 Introduction to Elementary Classroom Teaching and Fieldwork (formerly Practicum in Elementary and Secondary Settings) 3
CDE-299 Special Projects: Child Development and Education 1
 Units17
 Total Units60

Language Requirement:  Some CSU's require the equivalency of an intermediate language proficiency for graduation. Please see a counselor for more detail regarding specific CSU major and graduation requirements. 

UC: General Education Option C

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
MATH-105 College Algebra 4
MUS-100 Introduction and Appreciation of Music 3
CDE-110 Child Development 3
GEOG-108 World Regional Geography 3
 Units17
Spring Semester 1
HIST-103 World History to 1500 (formerly History of World Civilizations to 1500) 3
ENGL-103 Critical Thinking and Writing 3
PHY-101 Basic Physics: Energy and Motion 4
COMM-100 Public Speaking 3
SPAN-101 Elementary Spanish I 4
 Units17
Fall Semester 2
LIT-106 Introduction to Literature (formerly ENGL-106) 3
CHEM-100 Introduction to Chemistry 4
HIST-111 U.S. History to 1877 3
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
 Units13
Spring Semester 2
GEOL-106 Earth Science 4
MATH-155 Mathematics for Elementary Teaching (formerly Mathematics for Elementary Teaching I) 3
BIOL-115 Introductory Topics in Biology: Cells to Ecosystems (formerly Topics in Biology) 4
ED-138 Introduction to Elementary Classroom Teaching and Fieldwork (formerly Practicum in Elementary and Secondary Settings) 3
 Units14
 Total Units61

 NOTE: For students who did not meet the LOTE requirement in high school, they may fulfill Area 6 by demonstrating proficiency by completing ASL-100 American Sign Language I, FREN-101 Elementary French I or SPAN-101 Elementary Spanish I with a grade C or better. Languages other than English for Native Speakers are also acceptable for meeting this requirement.  

Course Title Credits
Required Core Courses
BIOL-115Introductory Topics in Biology: Cells to Ecosystems (formerly Topics in Biology)4
or BIOL-115H Honors Introductory Topics in Biology: Cells to Ecosystems (formerly Honors Topics in Biology)
CDE-110Child Development3
or CDE-110H Honors Child Development
CHEM-100Introduction to Chemistry4
COMM-100Public Speaking3
or COMM-100H Honors Public Speaking
ED-138Introduction to Elementary Classroom Teaching and Fieldwork (formerly Practicum in Elementary and Secondary Settings)3
ENGL-101College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition)4
or ENGL-101H Honors College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition)
GEOG-108World Regional Geography3
GEOL-106Earth Science4
HIST-103World History to 1500 (formerly History of World Civilizations to 1500)3
or HIST-103H Honors World History to 1500 (formerly Honors History of World Civilizations to 1500)
HIST-111U.S. History to 1877
or HIST-111H Honors U.S. History to 1877
LIT-106Introduction to Literature (formerly ENGL-106)
or LIT-106H Honors Introduction to Literature (formerly ENGL-106H)
MATH-155Mathematics for Elementary Teaching (formerly Mathematics for Elementary Teaching I)3
PHY-101Basic Physics: Energy and Motion4
PS-101Introduction to American Government and Politics3
or PS-101H Honors Introduction to American Government and Politics
List A: Select one
Select one of the following:3
Critical Thinking and Writing
Honors Critical Thinking and Writing
Critical Thinking and Composition
List B: Select one
Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
History and Appreciation of Dance
Introduction and Appreciation of Music
Honors Introduction and Appreciation of Music
Introduction to Theater
Honors Introduction to Theater
Total Units47
Course Title Credits
Units for Major53
MSJC General Education Option B or C37-39
Possible double counting: 34
Transferable Electives (as need to reach 60 CSU transferable units)

Total Units for A.A.-T Degree: 60 units 

The overall requirements for this Associates Degree for Transfer (ADT) can be met by:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC).
  • Completion of California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements (CSUGE)  or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).
  • Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  • Completion of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A “P” (Pass) grade is acceptable if pass is defined as a grade of C or better. ADTs are intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. A student completing an ADT is guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not a particular campus or major. Students should meet with a counselor to develop a comprehensive educational plan to further understand university and transfer requirements.

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