Elementary Teacher Education Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer


The Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer (AA-T), also called the Elementary Teacher Education AA-T Degree, prepares students to transfer to CSU campuses that offer bachelor's degrees in Liberal Studies or Integrated Teacher Education Programs. Ed Code Section 66746-66749 states students earning the Elementary Teacher Education AA-T degree will be granted priority for admission as a Liberal Studies or Integrated Teacher Education Program major to a local CSU, as determined by the CSU campus to which the student applies. The Elementary Teacher Education AA-T Degree is designed for students who will be transferring to a four-year institution, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree and pursuing a teaching credential through a California State University (CSU) integrated or traditional teacher preparation program. Course and degree requirements may vary at each CSU campus therefore it is important that students consult with a Fullerton College Teacher Preparation Counselor and respective university transfer representative to confirm program requirements and transferable work. The Elementary Teacher Education AA-T Degree requires a total of 54-57 units.

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees, and there are no additional graduation requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements (for admissions to CSU, it is necessary that the students meet the "Oral Communications" requirement when using IGETC for AA-T or AS-T).
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  3. ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A P (Pass) grade is an acceptable grade for a course in the major only if the P is defined to be equivalent to a C or better.
Required Core Courses (48-50 units):
CDES 261 F Introduction to Elementary Classroom Teaching3
CDES 120 FChild Development3
BIOL 100 FPrinciples of Biology4
or BIOL 101 F General Biology
or BIOL 101HF Honors General Biology
CHEM 100 FChemistry for Daily Life4-5
or CHEM 101 F Chemistry for Allied Health Science
PHYS 130 FElementary Physics4
ESC 101 F
Earth Science Survey
and Earth Science Survey Lab
or ESC 107 F Earth Science for Educators
MATH 203 F Mathematics for Future Elementary Teachers3
COMM 100 FPublic Speaking4
ENGL 100 FCollege Writing4-5
or ENGL 100HF Honors College Writing
or ENGL 101 F Enhanced College Writing
ENGL 102 FIntroduction to Literature3
or ENGL 102HF Honors Introduction to Literature
GEOG 100 FGlobal Geography3
or GEOG 100HF Honors Global Geography
HIST 112 F World Civilizations to 1550 (formerly World Civilizations I)3
or HIST 112HF Honors World Civilizations to 1550 (formerly Honors World Civilizations I)
HIST 170 F History of the United States to 1877 (formerly History of the United States I)3
or HIST 170HF Honors History of the United States to 1877 (formerly Honors History of the United States I)
POSC 100 FAmerican Government3
or POSC 100HF Honors American Government
List A - Select one course from the following list (3-4 units):3-4
Critical Reasoning and Writing4
Honors Critical Reasoning and Writing
Critical Thinking and Writing About Literature4
Intermediate College Writing3
Critical Thinking/Writing3
List B - Select one course from the following list (3 units):3
Introduction to Art3
Dance Appreciation3
Music Appreciation3
Introduction to the Theatre3
Total Units54-57

Outcome 1: Know and understand the established as well as recent theories of child development.

Outcome 2: Analyze and think critically about the teacher’s comprehensive role in early learning and development settings.

Outcome 3: Apply human development theory to observation and practice.