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Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer (AA-T)

The Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer (AA-T in Elementary Teacher Education) is designed to provide lower division preparation for Liberal Arts, Liberal Studies, Integrated Teacher Education, or a similar major at a baccalaureate institution. It is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with a foundation of knowledge in the areas of English composition, oral communication, physical and life sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, and critical thinking. Transfer students earning the AA-T in Elementary Teacher Education will receive a broad, general education focus that will prepare them to teach a variety of subjects at the elementary school level.

The following is required for the AA-T in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer degree:

  1. Minimum of 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units.
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework.
  3. Minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major.
  4. A grade of “C” or higher or “Pass” in all courses required for the major.
  5. Certified completion of the California State University General Education (CSU GE) Breadth pattern or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern; see Degree Requirements and Transfer Information section for more information.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills in a diverse setting.
  • Demonstrate effective communication in teaching and learning environments.
  • Use arithmetical, algebraic, geometric and statistical methods to solve problems.
  • Describe general principles of the political institutions and government of the United States.
  • Assess how social issues are influenced by geographical and historical processes.
  • Analyze basic concepts of physical and biological science to evaluate scientific information and solve scientific problems.
  • Analyze the principle elements of representative examples of art, architecture, literature, theater, philosophy, music, dance, film, or other relevant areas of cultural and/or intellectual creative.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the historical and philosophical context of representative areas, movements, media, works, or styles of cultural and/or intellectual creativity.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write effectively.
  • Organize thoughts and ideas in both oral and written format.

Associate in Arts Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum
BIO-130General Biology I3
BIO-131General Biology I Laboratory1
CD-125Child Growth and Development3
CHEM-115Fundamentals of Chemistry4
COMM-122Public Speaking3
ED-200Teaching as a Profession3
ENGL-120College Composition and Reading3
ENGL-122Introduction to Literature3
GEOG-106World Regional Geography3
GEOG-121Physical Geography: Earth Systems Laboratory1
GEOL-104Earth Science3
HIST-100Early World History3
HIST-108Early American History3
MATH-125Structure and Concepts of Elementary Mathematics I3
PHYC-110Introductory Physics4
POSC-121Introduction to U.S. Government and Politics3
List A
ENGL-124Advanced Composition: Critical Reasoning and Writing3
List B
Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
Great Music Listening
Introduction to the Theatre
List C
Select eight units from the following:8
Any course in List B not selected
Arabic II
Survey of Western Art I: Prehistory through Middle Ages
Survey of Western ART II: Renaissance through Modern
American Sign Language II
Interpersonal Communication
Physical Education in Elementary Schools
Health Education for Teachers
Structure and Concepts of Elementary Mathematics II
Introduction to Music
Critical Thinking
Problems in Ethics
World Religions
Scriptures of World Religions
Spanish II
Units in the Major60
Plus General Education Requirements (CSU GE or IGETC-CSU) 137-39
Total Transferable Elective Units0
Total Units60

General education requirements all met in the major.

Please note: SDSU accepts this degree for students transferring into Liberal Studies Generalist Education.