University Studies

Division: Student Services
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Associate of Arts (AA) degrees in University Studies are designed to offer students much flexibility in designing a study path that leads to a degree that can be used for transfer.  Although these degrees are not aligned to a traditional major, they do offer the students a chance to broadly explore a discipline before deciding on a particular major.  The three areas of focus are Business, Elementary Education, and Mathematics & Science.

Transfer information is available in the Counseling Department.  In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for specific transfer requirements. 

Contact Information

Student Services Division Chair

Adrienne Duarte | (559) 737-6175 | adrienned@cos.edu
Sequoia: 103 | Visalia Campus

Dean of Student Services

Michele Brock | (559) 737-5441 | michelebr@cos.edu
Sequoia: 10G | Visalia Campus 

Jessica Morrison | (559) 737-5443 | jessicamo@cos.edu
Sequoia: 101 | Visalia Campus 

EDUC 050 Introduction to Teaching 3 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
Equivalent Course: EDUC 150
This course introduces a student to the concepts and issues related to teaching diverse learners in today's contemporary schools, kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12). Topics include teaching as a profession and career, historical and philosophical foundations of the American education system, contemporary educational issues, California’s content standards and frameworks, and teacher performance standards. In addition to class time, the course requires a minimum of 45 hours of structured field work in public school elementary classrooms that represent California’s diverse student population, and includes cooperation with at least one carefully selected and campus-approved certificated classroom teacher. (C-ID EDUC200)
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent course with "C" or better.
EDUC 120 Tech Skills for Educators 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Information and hands-on explorations allow students to develop basic skills for using computer technology for productivity and instruction in educational settings. Major topics include basic computer terminology and functions, common computer applications (word processing, databases, spreadsheets, and presentation software), educational technology trends, and issues relating to the uses of computers in educational settings.