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Elementary Teacher Education

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:

    • The Intersegmental GE Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University GE-Breadth Requirements (CSU GE-B).

    • 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 and 55 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Units for the major may be double counted for CSU GE-B only (not IGETC). Elementary Teacher Education AA-T degree works only with the CSU General Education pattern. 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.



Wendy Sanders
wsanders@collegeofthedesert.edu; 760-776-7429

Dept. No. Title Units
Required Core Courses:
EDUC 001 Introduction To Elementary Classroom Teaching 3
BI 004 Elements of Biology 4
CH 003 Introductory General Chemistry 4
COMM 001 Introduction To Public Speaking 3
ECE 010 Child Growth & Development 3
ENG 001A Composition 4
ENG 002 Argumentative Writing & Critical Thinking Thru Literature 4
G 010 The Earth Sciences 4
GEOG 007 Regional Geography 3
HIST 003 History Of World Civilization I 3
HIST 017 U.S. History Through Reconstruction 3
MATH 011 Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers-Number System 4
PH 001 Introductory Physics 4
PS 001 Introduction To Government 3
SOC 004 Sociological Analysis and Critical Thinking 3
Select one course from the following: 3 Units
ART 010 Introduction To Art 3
MUS 010 Introduction To Music 3
TA 001 Introduction To Theatre 3
Required Subtotal 55
CSU General Education Pattern1 39
Transferable Electives2 (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
1Units for the major may be double counted for CSU GE only (not IGETC), confer with Counselor.
2 Elective units to reach 60 unit total must be CSU transferable, confer with Counselor.
* Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (SB1440) on page 42 of the 2017-18 COD Catalog