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

Division: Consumer/Family Studies

Students completing the Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer will be able to seamlessly transfer in the CSU system to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Liberal Arts and an Elementary Teacher Education Credential. Students completing this degree will have an introductory foundation for the field of Elementary Teacher Education through of the study of facts, principles and theories in the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, English composition and literature and communication studies. Students will acquire skills and abilities in multiple disciplines, explore how knowledge across disciplines can be connected, analyze and evaluate ideas using the tools of critical thinking, and demonstrate effective communication skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate professional interpersonal, verbal communication and written skills.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the current issues in elementary education.
  • Articulate awareness, respect, sensitivity, and understanding needed for culturally responsible teaching in a diverse, local and global society.
  • Demonstrate a basic grasp of the disciplines most commonly taught in elementary schools
  • Clarify and articulate career goals of becoming a teacher.

Transfer and Career Opportunities

This Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer (AA-T) Degree is intended to meet the lower division requirements for Liberal Arts/Elementary Teacher Education for all CSU campuses. Students planning to transfer to institutions other than the CSU are encouraged to consult and a COS counselor for program planning and course selection. Most common career opportunities with a baccalaureate degree include: classroom aide, substitute teaching, museum education, not-for-profit, preparation for teaching credential program.

General Education (37-39 Units) *37-39
Select one of the following General Education patterns:
California State University General Education (CSU-GE) **
Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC-CSU) ***
Required Major Courses (44 Units)44
Frontiers in Biology
Child Development-DS 1
Fundamentals/Public Speaking
Introduction to Teaching
College Reading & Composition
Composition and Literature
Introduction to Earth Science
World Regional Geography
People of the US to 1877
World History to 1500
Structure and Concepts 1
Chem & Physics for Educators
Federal, State and Local Govt
Restricted Electives - List A (3 Units)3
Select one of the following courses:
Logic and Composition
Critical Thinking
Restricted Electives - List B (3 Units)3
Select one of the following courses:
Art Appreciation
Intro to the Theatre
Music Appreciation
Electives (2-8 Units)2-8
Select additional transferable courses numbered 1-199 to achieve 60 units. It is recommended that students complete the CSU GE (instead of the IGETC) which allows for 7 units of electives. It is further recommended that students complete MATH 011 and EDUC 120 to fulfill the 7 unit elective requirement.

Completion of the Required Courses and Restricted Electives also meets all transfer general education requirement except the following: CSU GE AREA B1 (Physical Science); and IGETC AREA 2 (Math) and AREA 5A (Physical Science).


Course(s) meets General Education requirement and 31-37 units may be double counted above in 1A (CSU GE).


31-34 units may be double counted above in 1B (IGETC-CSU). IGETC-CSU requires completion of IGETC AREA 1C.

The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer requirements include completion of the 60 unit program defined above with at least 12 units taken in residence at College of the Sequoias with a "C" (2.0) average and a "C" or better grade in all required major and unrestricted electives courses (see Transfer Information and Requirements section for additional details).