Elementary Teacher Education AA-T Degree

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:
    1. The Intersegmental GE Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University GE-Breadth Requirements (CSU GE-B).
    2. 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 or IGETC and 55 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students earn a grade of ‘C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. 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.

Course Code Title Units
Required Courses
EDUC 001Introduction to Elementary Classroom Teaching3
BI 004Elements of Biology4
CDE 101Child Growth & Development3
CH 003Introductory General Chemistry4
COMM 001Introduction to Public Speaking3
ENG 001AEnglish Composition4
ENG 002Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking through Literature4
G 010The Earth Sciences4
GEOG 007Regional Geography3
HIST 003History of World Civilization I3
HIST 017US History through Reconstruction3
MATH 011Math Concepts for Elementary School Teachers - Number Systems4
PH 001Introductory Physics4
PS 001Introduction to Government3
SOC 004Sociological Analysis& Critical Thinking3
Select one course from the following (3 units):
ARTH 010Understanding Art3
MUS 010Introduction to Music3
TA 001Introduction to Theatre3
Required Subtotal55
CSU General Education Pattern 139
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units) 2

Units for the major may be double counted for CSU GE only (not IGETC), confer with Counselor.


Elective units to reach 60 unit total must be CSU transferable, confer with Counselor.

Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (SB 1440).