Santiago Canyon College
AA Degree in Elementary Education
Elementary Education Degree
The associate degree curriculum in elementary education is designed to prepare students for transfer to a four-year university traditional or integrated teacher preparation program. It incorporates the elementary subject matter requirements for the CSU Lower Division Transfer Pattern (LDTP) as established by the California Teacher Credentialing Commission. The degree program requirements, and the general education recommended electives below, prepare students in content areas for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) of Multiple Subjects. Additionally, the degree curriculum may also serve as preparation for paraprofessional positions in the K -12 classroom meeting unit requirements for paraprofessionals as established by the No Child Left Behind Act.
Major requirements for the associate in arts degree:
Counseling 118, Self- Exploration and the Teaching Profession 2
Education 101, Introduction to Education 3
Education 200, Introduction to Classroom Teaching 3
Human Development 107, Child Growth and Development 3
Earth Science 115, Earth Science for Educators 4
Math 203, Math for Future Elementary Teachers 4
English 270, Children’s Literature 3
For those students following transfer patterns for elementary education programs the following general education electives are recommended to meet content area knowledge for the CSET. They may also be used to meet certain categories of the general education requirements for students not transferring and completing Plan A for the associate’s degree:
Communication 110, English 103, Biology 109 and 109L, Physical Science 115, Math 105, History 101, History 120, Political Science 101, Geography 100, History 133, Anthropology 104; and Art 100, Music 100 or Theatre 100; and English 231, 232, 241, 242, 271 or 272.