Elementary Teacher Education A.A.-T. Degree (49810.AAT)

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The Elementary Teacher Education program is committed to preparation of pre-service elementary teachers who are competent in subject matter areas, capable of integrating knowledge across discipline boundaries, culturally sensitive to diverse learners, effective communicators, sound critical thinkers, and skilled in educational technology.

The Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer degree at Merced College is designed to prepare students to successfully transfer to a CSU campus to complete a pre-professional program leading to a multiple subject or special education credentialing program. Upon completion of the associate for transfer degree, the student is eligible for transfer with junior standing in the California State University (CSU) system.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

A. Formulate explicit connections between California K-8 Content Standards and subject matter knowledge in Elementary Education coursework.

B. Demonstrate integrative thinking through the development of projects that connect and integrate discipline knowledge across subject matter areas, including effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills in a variety of communication contexts.

C. Develop sensitivity to the diverse cultural, linguistic, and learning abilities of elementary-age students.

D. Formulate an understanding of a variety of teaching strategies to teach all learners effectively.

For an Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer (AA-T), students must complete the following:

  1. 60 semester CSU-transferable units.

  2. the California State University General Education (CSU-GE) pattern OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

  3. a minimum of 18 semester in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district.

  4. obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.

  5. earn a grade of C (or P) or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Note: Students are not required to complete any additional local graduation requirements for the AA-T (e.g., PE and Computer and Information Literacy courses).

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Program Requirements

Program Core: (52 Units)
Required Core Courses: (43 Units)


EDUC-01 Introduction to Education I


CLDV-01 Child Growth and Development


BIOL-01 General Biology for Non-Majors


PHSC-02 Survey of Chemistry and Physics


PHSC-02L Survey of Chemistry and Physics Laboratory


GEOL-03 Earth Science


MATH-20A Basic Structure of Mathematics I


ENGL-01A College Composition and Reading


ENGL-01B Introduction to Literature


GEOG-02 World Geography


HIST-04A History of Civilization Part I


POSC-01 Essentials of American Political System


Speech: Take 3 units from the following:

COMM-01 Fundamentals of Speech (3)
COMM-01H Honors Fundamentals of Speech  (3)


United States History and Constitution: Take 3 units:

HIST-17A United History and United States Constitution (3)
HIST-17AH Honors United History and United States Constitution (3)


List A: Select 1 course (3 Units) from the following:

ENGL-01C Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum (3)
ENGL-13 Critical Reasoning and Writing (3)
ENGL-13H Honors Critical Reasoning and Writing (3)
PHIL-13 Critical Reasoning and Writing (3)
PHIL-13H Honors Critical Reasoning and Writing (3)


List B: Select 1 course (3 Units) from the following:

ART-01 Survey of Western Art from Prehistory through the Middle Ages (3)
ART-02 Survey of Western Art from Renaissance to Contemporary (3)
ART-06 Survey of Modern Art  (3)
MUSG-10 Fundamentals of Music (3)
MUSG-12 Classical Music History II (3)
MUSG-14 American Popular Music History (3)
MUSG-15 Music Appreciation (3)
THTR-01 Introduction to Theater (3)


List C: Up to 3 additional units*:

Any course(s) not selected above, and/or any courses that are lower preparation for the targeted major at a university

EDUC-02 Introduction to Education II (3)
EDUC-03 Children’s Literature (3)
HUM-01 Studies in Humanities-Ancient-- Renaissance (3)
HUM-01H Honors Studies in Humanities-Ancient Renaissance (3)
HUM 15 Comparative Cultures (3)
MATH-20B Basic Structure of Mathematics II (3)
PSYC-09 Human Development (3)
CLDV-09 Human Development (3)


Total Units toward the Major: (52 Units)

Total Units that may be double counted: (-28-34 Units)

General Education (CSU-GE or IGETC) Units: (37-39 Units)

Elective (CSU Transferable) Units: (0-3 Units)

Total Degree Units: (60 Units)

*Additional requirements for the Elementary Teacher Education major may vary at each CSU campus. It is highly recommended that students speak to a counselor to discuss other possible courses that are part of major preparation at a local CSU campus.

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