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A.A. Education Pathway

Elementary Education

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Students should consult the catalog of the institution to which they expect to transfer and should select appropriate courses in consultation with their advisor.

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  • Associate of Arts
    Education Pathway

    This program offers coursework leading to an Associate of Arts Degree for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a Bachelor degree in Elementary or Secondary Education. Courses are designed to provide the initial foundational program to prepare qualified teachers and related personnel for the public school system.
    Part-time students and others who cannot follow this sequence should check course descriptions in the catalog to determine prerequisites and should consult their academic advisor regarding the order in which they take courses.
     

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    Required Core - 63 Total Credits

    First Year - Fall Semester     (15) Credits
    Teaching and Learning  (3)
    College Writing I  (3)
    Intro to Psychology  (3)
    Intro to Public Speaking  (3)
    *Math Core  (3)
     
    First Year - Spring Semester     (16) Credits
    College Writing II  (3)
    Intro to Computers  (3)
    *Humanities Core Requirement  (3)
    *Physical Science Core  (3)
    *Physical Science Core Lab  (1)
    Electives  (3)
    Second Year - Fall Semester     (16) Credits
    Introduction to Teaching Exceptional Learners  (3)
    Introduction to Native American Studies  (3)
    *Humanities Core  (3)
    *Life Science Core  (3)
    *Life Science Core Lab  (1)
    Electives  (3)
     
    Second Year - Spring Semester     (16) Credits
    Human Growth and Development  (3)
    Early Field Experience  (1)
    Educational Psychology  (3)
    American History I  (3)
    OR
    American History II  (3)
    Introduction to Sociology  (3)
    Directed Elective: additional *Humanities Core   (3)

     
    Upon completion of this program
    students will possess the basic liberal arts educational core to:

    • Explain the development of a child and the concepts of learning and behavior;

    • Develop classroom rules and teach proper group behavior;

    • Assist students with computer technology;

    • Provide communication support for exceptional learners;

    • Serve as a teacher's assistant at the elementary or secondary level;

    • Identify learning challenges for students and describe the Individualized Education Plan (IEP).