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Arts & Letters Division

Dr. David Hudson, Dean

For more information contact:
Laurie Camody
Division Coordinator
lcamody@gwc.cccd.edu
714-895-

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ELEMENTARY TEACHER EDUCATION

The Associate of Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer Degree is designed for students seeking to enter the teaching profession with K-8 settings and plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue the baccalaureate degree and to meet California state requirements for teaching. With careful planning the student desiring to transfer will be able to complete the Associate in Arts Degree while concurrently satisfying the lower division transfer preparation for the baccalaureate degree and the requirements for the State-approved Multiple Subjects Credential Program.

Associate in Arts Degree In Elementary Teacher Education For Transfer

Required courses | Semester at a Glance


Associate in Arts Degree In Elementary Teacher Education For Transfer

The Associate of Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer Degree is designed for students seeking to enter the teaching profession with K-8 settings and plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue the baccalaureate degree and to meet California state requirements for teaching. With careful planning the student desiring to transfer will be able to complete the Associate in Arts Degree while concurrently satisfying the lower division transfer preparation for the baccalaureate degree and the requirements for the State-approved Multiple Subjects Credential Program.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Understand the historical context of elementary education, including its relationship to contemporary society and culture.
  • Identify qualities of an effective teacher as outlined in the California Standards for Teaching Profession.
  • Have significant preparation in meeting subject matter competency in preparation for the Multiple Subject Examination Teaching exam (MSET).
  • Develop a comprehensive professional portfolio for the teaching profession.
  • Obtain early classroom experiences via observational and practical experiences in the classroom.

This is the major pattern for students planning to transfer to a CSU. It is strongly recommended that students contact a GWC counselor to develop an official Student Educational Plan to discuss non-CSU universities, or if they have questions about the AA in Elementary Teacher Education for CSU Transfer.

Required Core: 41 – 47 units

Education G200 – The Teaching Profession – 3 units

Geology G110 – Physical Geology – 4 units
or
Geology G106 – Earth Science for Teachers – 4 units

Communication Studies G110/G110H – Public Speaking – 3 units
English G100/G100H – Freshman Composition – 3 units
Physical Science G100 – Introductory Physical Science – 4 units
Biology G100 – Introduction to Biology – 4 units
Math G104 – Math for Elementary Teachers – 3 units
History G161 – World History 1 – 3 units
History G170 – History of the U.S. to 1876 – 3 units
English G112 – Appreciation of Literature – 3 units
Geography G100 – World Regional Geography – 3 units
Political Science G180/G180H – American Government – 3 units
Psychology G116 – Child Growth and Development – 3 units

List A: Select one course from:
English G110 – Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing through Literature – 4 units
English G110H – Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing through Literature, Honors – 4 units 

List B: Select one course from:
Art G100/Hum G102 – Introduction to Art – 3 units
Music G101/G101H/Hum G120/G120H – History and Appreciation of Music – 3 units
Theater G100 / Hum G132 – Introduction to the Theatre – 3 units
Dance G101 – Viewing Dance – 3 units

Additional requirements for the Elementary Teacher Education major vary at each transfer institution. It is highly recommended that students discuss other possible courses that are part of the major preparation with their counselor prior to transfer. See some suggestions below:

List C: (up to 12 additional units to meet the 60 unit AA degree requirement)
Education G102 – Teaching in Diverse / Contemporary Classrooms – 1 unit
Education G103 – Technological Proficiencies for Teachers – 2 units
English 143 – Children’s Literature – 3 units
English G270 – British Literature to 1800 – 3 units
English G275 – British Literature since 1800 – 3 units
English G150 – American Literature through the Civil War (1865) – 3 units
English G155 – American Literature 1865 to Present – 3 units
History G162 – World History 2 – 3 units
Philosophy G100 – Introduction to Philosophy – 3 units
Philosophy G102 – History of Ancient Philosophy – 3 units
Philosophy G120 – Ethics – 3 units
Theater G106 – Acting 1 – 3 units

Math G103 – Statistics for Teachers – 3 units
or
Math G160 – Introduction to Statistics – 4 units

Music G103/Hum G103 – World Music – 3 units
Psychology 118 – Lifespan Developmental Psychology – 3 units

Total units: 48-54 units


Semester at a Glance – Associate in Arts Degree In Elementary Teacher Education For Transfer

Semester 1

ENGL G100/G100H (Core) – Freshman Composition – 3 units
EDUC G102 (List C) – Teaching in Diverse / Contemporary Classrooms – 1 units
EDUC G103 (List C) – Technological Proficiencies for Teachers – 2 units
PSYC G118 (List C) – Lifespan Developmental Psychology – 3 units
MATH G104 (Core) – Math for Elementary Teachers – 3 units

Semester 2

BIOL G100 (Core) – Introduction to Biology – 4 units
COMM G110/110H (Core) – Public Speaking – 3 units

Select one course from List B:
THEA G100/HUM G132 – Introduction to the Theatre – 3 units
ART G100/HUM G102 – Intro to Art – 3 units
DANC G101 – Viewing Dance – 3 units
MUS G101/G101H – History/Appreciation of Music – 3 units
HUM G120/G120H – History/Appreciation of Music – 3 units
ENGL G112 (Core) – Appreciation of Literature – 3 units

Summer

GEOG G100 (Core) – World Regional Geography – 3 units
HIST G170 (Core) – History of the US to 1876 – 3 units

Semester 3

ENGL G110/110H (List A) – Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing through Literature – 4 units 
HIST G161 (Core) – World History 1 – 3 units
PSCI G180/180H (Core) – American Government – 3 units
PHSC G100 (Core) – Intro to Physical Science – 4 units

Select three units from List C:
ENGL G270 (List C) – British Lit to 1800 – 3 units 
ENGL G275 (List C) – British Lit since 1800 – 3 units
ENGL G150 (List C) – American Lit through the Civil War (1865) – 3 units
ENGL G155 (List C) – American Lit 1865 to present – 3 units 
PHIL G100 (List C) – Intro to Philosophy – 3 units 
PHIL G102 (List C) – History of Ancient Philosophy – 3 units
PHIL G120 (List C) – Ethics 3 THEA G106 (List C) Acting 1 – 3 units 
MATH G160 (List C) – Intro to Statistics – 4 units 
or
MATH G103 (List C) – Statistics for Elementary Teachers – 3 units 
MUS G103/ HUM G103 (List C) – World Music – 3 units 
HIST G162 (List C) – World History 2 – 3 units

Semester 4

GEOL G110 (Core) – Physical Geology – 4 units
or
GEOL G106 (Core) – Earth Science for Teachers – 4 units 
PSYC G116 (Core) – Child Growth and Development – 3 units 
EDUC G200 (Core) – The Teaching Profession – 3 units

Select three units from List C: (not already used above)
ENGL G143 (List C) – Children’s Literature – 3 units 
ENGL G270 (List C) – British Lit to 1800 – 3 units
ENGL G275 (List C) – British Lit since 1800 – 3 units 
ENGL G150 (List C) – American Lit through the Civil War (1865)  – 3 units 
ENGL G155 (List C) – American Lit 1865 to present – 3 units 
PHIL G100 (List C) – Intro to Philosophy – 3 units 
PHIL G102 (List C) – History of Ancient Philosophy – 3 units 
PHIL G120 (List C) – Ethics – 3 units 
THEA G106 (List C) – Acting 1 – 3 units 
MATH G160 (List C) – Intro to Statistics – 4 units 
MATH G103 (List C) – Statistics for Elementary Teachers – 3 units
MUS G103/ HUM G103 (List C) – World Music – 3 units 
HIST G162 (List C) – World History 2 – 3 units

Major Total 48-54 units
CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 37-39 units
Total units that may be double-counted: 37-39 units
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 units) 6-12 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units

( ) Description in parentheses indicates credit earned in AAT.

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EDUCATION G102 – 1 Unit
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Teaching Diverse Contemporary Classrooms
Introduction to teaching and learning skills for potential teachers. This course will address the qualities of an effective teacher, components and purposes of an effective professional portfolio and critical issues in diverse contemporary classrooms. Course includes 10 hours of arranged fieldwork. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

EDUCATION G103 – 2 Units
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Technology Proficiencies for Teachers I
Advisories: Computer Business Applications G101 and G145
Based on the Technology Standards for a CA K-12 Preliminary Teaching Credential, this class focuses on the technology proficiencies required prior to credential candidates being issued a preliminary Multiple or Single Subject Credential. Students successfully completing a portfolio in technology proficiencies related to K-12 curriculum will receive a Proficiency Training Certificate from the Orange County Department of Education. Most, but not all, technology application skills are transferable between the Macintosh and Windows environment. ADVISORIES: CBA G101 and CBA G145. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

EDUCATION G200 – 3 Units
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The Teaching Profession
Advisories: English G100
This course examines the opportunities, requirements, responsibilities and rewards in teaching, as well as the skills needed and problems encountered in the classroom. Course includes 45 hours of assigned fieldwork. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T) in Elementary Teacher Education will transfer to the following California State Universities:

CSU Bakersfield
CSU Channel Islands
CSU Chino
CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU East Bay
CSU Fresno
CSU Fullerton
CSU Humbolt
CSU Long Beach
CSU Los Angeles
CSU Monterey Bay
CSU Northridge
CSU Pomona
CSU Sacramento
CSU San Bernadino
CSU San Diego
CSU San Francisco
CSU San Jose
CSU San Marcos
CSU Sonoma
CSU Stanislaus

The list of CSU campuses for this major was provided by the California State University’s A Degree with a Guarantee. For more detailed information, visit their website: http://adegreewithaguarantee.com/