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Elementary Teacher Education, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T)

Banner Code: 1_AAT_ETE

Control Number: 32202

Financial Aid Eligible

Students graduating with an Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer Degree are well positioned to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in a similar major within the California State University system with 60 units of upper-division coursework. Students who complete the Elementary Teacher Education AA-T degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum 2.0 is required for CSU admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult a counselor for more information.

The Associate in Arts degree for Transfer (AA-T) In Elementary Teacher Education is designed for prospective California State University (CSU) transfer students who are preparing for careers as Elementary School Teachers. Completion of a Bachelor’s degree In Liberal Studies prepares students to apply to approved teacher education programs leading to a credential to teach in elementary, self-contained classrooms. The Liberal Studies major and aligned AA-T Elementary Teacher Education curriculum provides depth and breadth of subject matter content typically taught in Kindergarten through sixth grade classroom settings in California. Students who plan to enter a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) approved program leading to a preliminary Multiple Subject Credential are required to demonstrate subject matter competency.

Program Outcome

Students will be eligible and prepared for admission (SB 1440 and Education Code 66746) to California State University system schools.

Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  2. Minimum GPA of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors require a higher GPA. Consult with a counselor for more information.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18-semester units in the major as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C (or “P”) or better.
  4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU General Education Breadth — Option 2) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC — Option 3).
  5. A minimum of 12 units in residence at OCC.
Course Title Units
Required Courses
Core Courses
BIOL A100Principles of Biology4
CHEM A110Introduction to Chemistry5
Conceptual Physics
and Introductory Physics Laboratory
CMST A110Public Speaking3
CDE A175The Teaching Profession3
ENGL A100Freshman Composition3
ENGL A101/A101HCritical Reasoning: Fiction4
GEOG A100/A100HWorld Regional Geography3
GEOL A105/A105HGeneral Geology3
GEOL A105L/A105MGeneral Geology Laboratory1
HIST A161/A161HWorld History 13
HIST A170/A170HHistory of the United States to 18763
CDE A180Child, Growth and Development3
MATH A104Mathematics for Elementary Teachers3
PSCI A180/A180HAmerican Government3
List A
Select one of the following:3
Essentials of Argumentation
Critical Reasoning: Nonfiction
Critical Reasoning & Writing
List B
Select one of the following:3
Survey of Western Art from Prehistory Through Gothic
Appreciation Of Dance
Introduction to the Humanities
History and Appreciation of Western Classical Music
Introduction to Theatre
Program Major Units54
CSU or IGETC for CSU37-41
Transferable electives as needed to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Degree Units 60