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Elementary Teacher Education (AA-T) Child Development Total Units: 53.5
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Term Effective: Fall 2013


The Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for transfer degree is designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. California Community College students who are awarded an AA-T are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses. Current and prospective community college students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs.

Students will have to fulfill the following requirements to earn this degree.
(1) Complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
(A) The Inter-segmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth requirements; and
(B) A minimum of 53.5-54.5 semester units as required for the Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer major.
(2) Obtain an overall minimum grade point average of 2.0
(3) Earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer major.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate college-level skills in written English, oral communications, math, and critical thinking;
  2. demonstrate a basic grasp of the disciplines most commonly taught in elementary schools in California, including physical science, biology, art, literature in a cultural or geographic context, world geography, United States history, and United States government; and
  3. demonstrate a basic grasp of child growth and development.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students should refer to the TMC (Transfer Model Curriculum) Template here, TMC Template, for a clear guide to the course requirements.

Additionally, for students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Elementary Teacher Education (AA-T) program are:

  • Complete 53.5 units from
    • Elementary Teacher Education Core Requirements
    • Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer List A Requirements
    • Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer List B

Elementary Teacher Education Core Requirements - complete 47.50 units
BIO 10Introduction to Principles of Biology4.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 8.00 units from the following:
General Chemistry5.00
PHYS 11 ORDescriptive Physics4.00
Introductory General Chemistry4.00
PHYS 11Descriptive Physics4.00
CHLD 10Child Growth and Development3.00
EDUC 55Introduction to Teaching3.50
ENGL 1ACollege Composition4.00
ENGL 1BLiterature and Composition3.00
GEOG 3World Regional Geography3.00
HIST 1.1World History to 15003.00
HIST 17.1History of the United States to 18773.00
MATH 10Nature of Mathematics3.00
PHYSC 21Introduction to Earth Science4.00
POLS 1Introduction to United States Government3.00
SPCH 1AIntroduction to Public Speaking3.00
Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer List A Requirements - complete 3.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
ENGL 5Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking3.00
PHIL 5Critical Thinking/Writing3.00
SPCH 9Critical Thinking and Argumentation3.00
Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer List B - complete 3.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
ART 1.1World Art History to 15003.00
ART 1.2World Art History Since 15003.00
ART 2.1History & Aesthetic Appreciation of Prehistoric - Gothic Art3.00
DANCE 2Survey of Dance History3.00
MUSC 7Classical Music Appreciation3.00
THAR 2Introduction to Theatre Arts3.00
ART 2.2History and Appreciation of Late Gothic to Impressionist Art3.00
ART 2.3History and Appreciation of Modern Art3.00

Term Effective: Fall 2013

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2015

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


NOTE about List B Requirement: Students need to be aware that if they choose to take ART 2.2 under the List B Elective choices they must also complete ART 2.3 to fulfill the List B Requirement.

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