Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer Degree (AA-T)

PROGRAM CODE: 1A32138

This curriculum is designed to provide an opportunity for the Elementary Teacher Education major to achieve an Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer (AA-T in Elementary Teacher Education) which completes the first and second year requirements for transfer to a four-year public California institution. While at least a baccalaureate degree is recommended preparation for those considering professional careers, completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the field and provide comprehensive preparation for further academic study through upper-division course work. This curriculum specifically prepares the prospective transfer student for upper division coursework in Elementary Teacher Education or a similar major at a California State University (CSU) campus. Students should consult a counselor, the Transfer Center and the catalog of the transfer college or university to plan a specific program of study to meet the college or university's requirements. Note: Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree for Transfer at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at all transfer institutions offering a Baccalaureate Degree.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an "associate degree for transfer", a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The AA-T is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree (unless the major is designated "high-unit" major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. Students with a degree in Elementary Teacher Education may pursue a career as a teacher in elementary education.

To earn an AA-T in Elementary Teacher Education students must complete the following requirements:

  1. a minimum of 50-51 semester units or 75-76.5 quarter units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district,
  2. earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis,
  3. the California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE-Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern,
  4. 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units, and
  5. obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
Required Core Courses (45 units):
EDU 200 CElementary School Teaching3
GEOL 105 CEarth Science for Teachers4
COMM 100 CHuman Communication3
or COMM 100HC Honors Human Communication
ENGL 100 CCollege Writing4
or ENGL 100HC Honors College Writing
CHEM 104 CPhysical Science for Teachers4
or PHSC 104 C Physical Science for Teachers (same as CHEM 104 C)
BIOL 101 CGeneral Biology4
MATH 110 CMath for Prospective Teachers4
HIST 112 CWorld Civilizations I3
or HIST 112HC Honors World Civilizations I
ENGL 102 CIntroduction to Literature3
or ENGL 102HC Honors Introduction to Literature
GEOG 100 CWorld Geography3
or GEOG 100HC Honors World Geography
POSC 100 CUnited States Government3
or POSC 100HC Honors United States Government
HIST 170 CHistory of the United States I3
or HIST 170HC Honors History of the United States I
PSY 145 CChild Psychology3
List A - Select on course that meets A3 CSU GE (3-4 units):3-4
Critical Reasoning and Writing4
Honors Critical Reasoning and Writing
Critical Analysis and Literature4
Honors Critical Analysis and Literature
Critical Reading, Writing and Thinking3
Critical Thinking and Writing3
List B - Select one or any course not taken in List A (3 units):3
Introduction to Art3
Elementary School Movement - Kinesiology (formerly PE 231 C)3
Music Appreciation3
Introduction to the Theater3
NOTE: Students should meet with an Elementary Teacher Education Counselor to choose recommended elective courses.
Total Units50-51