Elementary Teacher Education, Associate in Arts for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer (AA-T in Elementary Teacher Education) is intended for students who plan to transfer to a CSU and complete a Liberal Studies degree and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential to prepare them for elementary school teaching. It is a highly interdisciplinary program that meets state guidelines to prepare students to begin their path toward becoming elementary school teachers. Students completing the AA-T in Elementary Teacher Education are guaranteed admission to the CSU system (but not to a particular campus or major) and earn specific guarantees for transfer to the CSU system: admission to a CSU with junior status, and priority admission to a CSU campus and to a program or major in Education or a similar major. Students transferring to a CSU campus will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree. Students must complete the Associate Degree for Transfer requirements to earn the AA-T degree.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of theoretical literature related to education in literacy, science, social studies and math.
  • Explain how to examine and evaluate methods of instruction and curriculum for K-12 students.
  • Explain how to use assessment data and relevant cultural competency to teach students from diverse backgrounds.

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
BIOL 10Principles of Biology4
ECED 1Child Growth and Development3
EDUC 1
& EDUC 1L
Introduction to Teaching and Education
and Education Service Learning Lab
3
ENGL 1ACollege Composition3-5
or ENGL 1AE College Composition: Enhanced
ENGL 1BIntroduction to Literature3
GEOG 5World Regional Geography3
GEOL 12
& GEOL 12L
Earth Ocean Climate: Introduction to Earth Science
and Earth Ocean Climate: Introduction to Earth Science Lab
4
HIST 7World History to 15003
HIST 17United States History to 18773
MATH 12Number Systems4
PHYS 12Integrated Physics and Chemistry4
POLS 1Introduction to American Government and Politics3
SPCH 1Public Speaking3
List A
Complete the following:3
Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking
List B
Select one course from the following:3
Survey of the Arts
Understanding Art
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Theatre
List C
Select up to 11 units from the following, if needed, based on transfer institution requirements:0-11
Any List B course not already selected
Introduction to Astronomy
and Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory
History of California
United States History from 1865
Healthy Living
Introductory Oceanography
and Introductory Oceanography Lab
General Psychology
TOTAL MAJOR UNITS49-51
Additional Requirements9-11
Complete CSU General Education or IGETC pattern and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 transferable units.
Total Units60

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  
 

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested 2-Year Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallUnits
ENGL 1A
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
3
MATH 12 Number Systems 4
ECED 1 Child Growth and Development 3
EDUC 1 Introduction to Teaching and Education 2
EDUC 1L Education Service Learning Lab 1
 Units13
Spring
ENGL 2 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking 3
PHYS 12 Integrated Physics and Chemistry 4
HIST 7 World History to 1500 3
Electives (Languages other than English Recommended) 5
 Units15
Year 2
Fall
SPCH 1 Public Speaking 3
GEOL 12
& GEOL 12L
Earth Ocean Climate: Introduction to Earth Science
and Earth Ocean Climate: Introduction to Earth Science Lab
4
ENGL 1B Introduction to Literature 3
GEOG 5 World Regional Geography 3
Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 3
 Units16
Spring
BIOL 10 Principles of Biology 4
ARTB 10 Survey of the Arts 3
HIST 17 United States History to 1877 3
POLS 1 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
CSU GE Area F 3
 Units16
 Total Units60
A Degree With a Guarantee - Associate Degree for Transfer

MPC transfer programs are designed to enable students to complete lower-division requirements in preparation for transfer to a baccalaureate-granting institution.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to California State University (CSU) system for any community college student who earns an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), although not to a particular campus or major. Upon transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T), students will be required to complete no more than 60 upper-division units to earn a bachelor’s degree in a same or similar major (unless designated as a “high-unit” major).

The following Associate Degree for Transfer requirements must be completed to earn the AA-T or AS-T degree:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units;
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework (while a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA);
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units as detailed in the Major Requirements;
  4. Completion of all courses in the major with a grade of C or better (or a “P” if the course is taken on a “Pass/No Pass” basis);
  5. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth) pattern; OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss transfer pathways and specific university admission requirements. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.