Elementary Education

College of the Desert offers three paths for students wishing to work in elementary school. Elementary school teachers are required to have a bachelor’s degree and a fifth year of teacher education. Our Elementary Teacher Education transfer degree will prepare students to transfer to CSU to work towards that goal. We also offer two certificates that prepare students to work as teacher assistants/Paraeducators. Students completing these certificates will be prepared to take the Paraeducator exam and continue on towards an AA degree and/or transfer to a four year college.


Maria Avalos
(760) 674-7817

Donna Greene
(760) 776-7398

Wendy Sanders
(760) 776-7429

Education (EDUC)

EDUC 001  Introduction to Elementary Classroom Teaching Units: 3

This course introduces students to the concepts and issues related to teaching diverse learners in today's contemporary schools. Topics include: teaching as a profession and career; historical and philosophical foundations of the American education system; contemporary educational issues; California's content standards and frameworks; and teacher performance standards. In addition to class time, the course requires a minimum of 45 hours of structured homework in public elementary classrooms that represent California's diverse student population, and includes cooperation with at least one carefully selected and campus approved certificated classroom teacher. (C-ID EDUC 200)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ECE 010
Advisory: ENG 001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC*                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:E                 IGETC:None