Elementary Teacher Education

The Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer, also called the Elementary Teacher Education AA-T Degree, is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer with junior status to a CSU campus in a program or major in Liberal Studies, Integrated Teacher Education Programs for completion of a baccalaureate degree. 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.

This degree requires students to meet both of the following requirements:

1. Completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:

    • The Intersegmental GE Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University GE-Breadth Requirements (CSU GE-B).

    • A minimum of 18 semester units in a major or area of emphasis. All courses in the major or area of emphasis must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

The Elementary Teacher Education AA-T Degree requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE-B and 55 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Units for the major may be double counted for CSU GE-B only (not IGETC). Elementary Teacher Education AA-T degree works only with the CSU General Education pattern. There are no additional graduation requirements. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

Advisor:
Wendy Sanders
wsanders@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 776-7429

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, Kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12). 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 fieldwork 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: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ECE-010 and ENG-001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC*                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: E                 IGETC: None