The Associate of Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer (AA-T) offers lower division coursework examining content area subject matter requirements for teaching at the elementary school level.  Students will explore the core principles and practices of a liberal studies curriculum in order to build a foundation appropriate for entry into advanced study in teacher preparation.  The students also have the opportunity to participate in supervised fieldwork in K-8 settings. 

This degree is designed to facilitate students transferring to the California State University System with an Associate Degree in Elementary Teacher Education. With this degree, the student will be prepared to enter into a Bachelor Degree Program designed to prepare them to teach in a K-8 classroom.  This option prepares students for transfer to CSU to major in either a General Track Liberal Studies Program or an Integrated Liberal Studies/Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program. 

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional standards, ethics, and professionalism in elementary education classrooms to meet the diverse needs of students.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of historical influences, current trends, theories, and educational issues in a global context.
  • Demonstrate introductory subject matter competency for the Multiple Subject California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET).


Required Courses (55 units) Units
EDU-1 Introduction to Elementary Classroom Teaching 4
EAR-20* Child Growth and Development 3
BIO-1*/1H* General Biology/Honors 4
CHEM-2A* Introductory Chemistry 4
PHY-10* Introductory Physics 3
PHY-11* Introductory Physics Lab 1
GEO-4 Earth Science for Educators 4
MAT-26* Math for Elementary School Teachers 3
COM-1/1H* Public Speaking/Honors 3
ENG-1A/1AH* English Composition/Honors 4
ENG-1B/1BH* Critical Thinking and Writing/Honors 4
GEG-3* World Regional Geography 3
HIS-1* History of World Civilizations, I 3
HIS-6/6H* United States History to 1877/Honors 3
POL-1/1H* American Politics/Honors 3
Electives A  Choose from list A below 4
Electives B Choose from list B below 3
Electives C Choose from list C below 0-3
Electives - List A (4 units)  Units
ENG-1B/1BH* Critical Thinking and Writing/Honors 4
Electives - List B (3 units)  Units
AHS-1*/1H History of Western Art:  Prehistoric, Ancient, and Medieval/Honors 3
AHS-2/2H* History of Western Art: Renaissance through Contemporary/Honors 3
AHS-5* Arts of Africa, Oceania, and Indigenous North America 3
ART-6*/6H* Art Appreciation 3
MUS-19* Music Appreciation 3
THE-3* Introduction to the Theatre 3
Electives - List C (0-3 units) Choose any course from list C or any course from list A or B not already used Units
HES-1* Health Science 3

*Courses may be also be used to fulfill general education rewuirements for the CSUGE or IGETC pattern, please confer with a counselor.

Note: Updates to the Elementary Teacher Education ADT are pending until chaptering at the State Chancellor's Office. See catalog addendum for final requirements.

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree
The Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or California State University General Education (CSUGE) requirements and with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (or a “P” if taken as Pass/No Pass).