Catalog 2019-20

Education/Teaching

Associate Degrees for Transfer

A.A.-T. in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer Degree (AA-T) is designed to provide a seamless transfer pathway for students interested in pursuing at least one Elementary Teacher Education degree option in the California State University (CSU) system. The degree is comprised of lower division coursework typically required by CSU institutions. Students must complete the core curriculum and electives to meet a total of 60 transferable units, which includes the CSU General Education Breadth or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements, students will be guaranteed admission to the CSU system with junior status and will not have to repeat lower division coursework. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to develop their educational plans as degree options and general education requirements vary for each university.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 350 Introduction to Elementary Teaching with Field Experience 3
GEOL 305 Earth Science 3
GEOL 306 Earth Science Laboratory 1
COMM 301 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
ENGWR 300 College Composition 3
MATH 310 Mathematical Discovery 3
BIOL 307 Biology of Organisms  (4) 4
  or BIOL 310 General Biology  (4)
HIST 307 History of World Civilizations to 1500 3
ENGWR 301 College Composition and Literature 3
GEOG 320 World Regional Geography 3
POLS 301 Introduction to Government: United States 3
HIST 312 History of the United States (to 1865) 3
ECE 312 Child Development 3
PHYS 310 Conceptual Physics  (3) 3
COMM 311 Argumentation and Debate  (3) 3
  or COMM 315 Persuasion  (3)
  or ENGWR 302 Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking  (3)
ARTH 300 Introduction to Art  (3) 3
  or MUFHL 300 Introduction to Music  (3)
  or TA 300 Introduction to the Theatre  (3)
Total Units: 47

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

Apply knowledge and skills gained in various disciplines to ensure transfer to a CSU campus in preparation for successful completion of upper division coursework after transfer (PSLO #1)

Use the scientific methods of inquiry, data collection, quantitative reasoning, and basic mathematical concepts to analyze information in appropriate disciplines

Apply analytical reading and writing, research, and critical thinking essential for completing of assigned tasks

Describe the nature of American government and compare and contrast local, state and national political institutions

Write and speak effectively, demonstrating the ability to evaluate audience and appeal to it persuasively

Apply knowledge of world history and cultures to identify the values of a culture and work with others of a diverse culture

Compare and contrast various forms and styles of music, artworks, and theatrical performances

Evaluate attitudes, actions, and behaviors indicative of a professional educator (PSLO #2)

Apply knowledge of developmental theories to assess teaching practices and learning conditions in children and classroom situations. (PSLO #3)

Career Information

The AA-T in Elementary Teacher Education provides students with the foundational knowledge necessary for transfer to a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program, especially at a campus of the California State University (CSU) system. Career opportunities for students who have earned BA degrees in Elementary Teacher Education include but are not limited to: Teacher, primary grades; Teacher, intermediate grades; Teacher, private school; Instructional Assistant. Many careers require additional training beyond the Bachelor Degree. NOTE TO TRANSFER STUDENTS: The Associate Degree for Transfer program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a campus of the California State University (CSU). Other than the required core, the courses you choose to complete this degree will depend to some extent on the selected CSU for transfer. In addition, some CSU-GE Breadth or IGETC requirements can also be completed using courses required for this associate degree for transfer major (known as “double-counting”). Meeting with a counselor to determine the most appropriate course choices will facilitate efficient completion of your transfer requirements. For students wishing to transfer to other universities (UC System, private, or out-of-state), the Associate Degree for Transfer may not provide adequate preparation for upper-division transfer admissions; it is critical that you meet with a CRC counselor to select and plan the courses for the major, as programs vary widely in terms of the required preparation.

Associate Degrees

A.A. in Liberal Studies for Elementary Education

This major is designed for students who wish to be teachers in public and private elementary schools. Further education at the university level will be required to fulfill all requirements for a teaching credential authorizing service in California public schools. Note to Transfer Students: If you are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in this major, it is critical that you meet with a CRC counselor to select and plan the courses for your major. Schools vary widely in terms of the required preparation. The courses that CRC requires for an Associate’s degree in this major may be different from the requirements needed for the Bachelor’s degree.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ENGWR 300 College Composition 31
COMM 361 The Communication Experience 3
ENGED 305 Structure of English 3
ENGWR 302 Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking 3
MATH 310 Mathematical Discovery 3
BIOL 307 Biology of Organisms  (4) 4
  or BIOL 310 General Biology  (4)
GEOL 305 Earth Science 3
GEOL 306 Earth Science Laboratory 1
HIST 312 History of the United States (to 1865) 3
ECON 302 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
POLS 301 Introduction to Government: United States 3
HIST 307 History of World Civilizations to 1500 3
HIST 308 History of World Civilizations, 1500 to Present 3
ENGED 320 Service Learning: Tutoring Elementary Students in Reading 3
ECE 350 Introduction to Elementary Teaching with Field Experience 3
ART 430 Art and Children 3
ECE 312 Child Development  (3) 3
SOC 321 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States  (3) 3
  or COMM 325 Intercultural Communication  (3)
  or ENGLT 336 Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary American Literature  (3)
Total Units: 53

1The program requirements listed here for CSUS apply to students completing this course sequence by Fall 2007. Students should contact a counselor about the new program requirements which were effective with the Fall 2004-05 catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

Apply knowledge, skills and abilities towards successful completion of coursework at transfer institutions.

Apply knowledge of child development theories to assess the characteristics of teaching practices and learning conditions.

Career Information

Teacher, primary grades; Teacher, intermediate grades; Instructional Assistant Classes beyond the associate degree may be required to fulfill some career options or for preparation for transfer to a university program.