Elementary Teacher Education

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.  

Elementary Teacher Education - ADT (CSU and UC)

0-15 units
Fall/Spring Units
Education 1 3
English 1A/1AH  4
Ethnic Studies 1 or 3 or 7 or 8
(If IGETC take Sociology 10)
Math 26 3
Intersession (Winter/Summer) Units
Biology 1 3
16-30 units
Fall/spring Units
Art History 1/ 1H or 2/ 2H or 5 or 6/ 6H or Music 19/ 19H or Theater Arts 3 3
Early Childhood Education 20 3
English 1B/ 1BH 4
Geography 3 3
Intersession (Winter/Summer) Units
Communication Studies 1 3
31-45 units
Fall/spring Units
Anthropolgy 2/ 2H or 3 or 4 4
History 6/6H 3
History 1 3
Physics 10 and 11 4
Intersession (Winter/Summer) Units
Art 1 or Spanish 1 3
45-60+ units
Fall/spring Units
Chemistry 2A 4
Geography 4 3
Health Science 1 4-5
Political Science 1/ 1H 3
If following IGETC you will need additional Math Courses from Math 12/ 12H or 25 or Psychology 48 or Sociology 48

For alternative CSU/UC General Education options refer to the RCC Catalog, under Requirements for College Transfer.


Milestones are courses, co-curricular activities and recommendations from your Student Success Team that will keep you on track towards completion of your degree. Check off your milestones as you complete them.
  • Complete English 1A (transfer-level English)
  • Complete Math 11, 12 or 25 (transfer-level math)
  • Complete EAR 20 AND EDU 1 within the first year
  • Apply to Universities (CSU/UC application period Oct 1-Nov 30)
  • Apply for ADT degree by beginning of spring term before transfer
  • Complete RCC Graduation application (during your last term)
  • Meet with your Counselor to Complete your Comprehensive Student Education Plan (SEP)
  • Complete FAFSA (Oct 1st - Mar 2nd for priority)
  • Meet with Faculty Advisor for career/research opportunities
  • Meet with your Counselor to update SEP (every semester)
  • Meet with your Counselor for pre-graduation check
  • Research Potential Clubs on Campus
  • Participate in tutoring, student success workshops or supplemental instruction
  • Visit the Career Center for Internship opportunities
  • Research transfer institutions
  • Attend Transfer workshops and Transfer Fair
  • Participate in an internship/ job shadowing
  • Participate in a research activity (meet with Faculty Advisor)

Careers for Elementary Teacher Education Majors

Salaries Range : $27,920-$127,233

  • Kindergarten Teacher, except Special Ed.
  • Elementary School Teacher except Special Ed.
  • Middle School Teacher except Special Ed. & CTE
  • Education Administrators, Elementary School
  • Instructional Coordinators
  • Teacher Assistants