Prerequisites: None Recommended Prep: ENGL M01A or ENGL M01AH
Class Hours: 3 lecture and minimum of 45 hours of structured fieldwork
EDU M02 introduces the concepts and issues related to teaching diverse learners in today’s contemporary schools, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 (P-12). Includes such topics as teaching as a profession and career, historical and philosophical foundations of the American education system, contemporary educational issues, California’s content standards and frameworks, and teacher performance standards. In addition to class time, the course requires a minimum of 45 hours of structured fieldwork in public school elementary classrooms that represent California’s diverse student population and includes cooperation with at least one carefully selected and campus approved certificated classroom teacher. Applies to Associate Degree.
Transfer credit: CSU; UC

Prerequisites: None Recommended Prep: EDU M02
Class Hours: 3 lecture
EDU M08 presents theoretical foundations and practices for designing art curricula that reflect P-12 educational state standards and common core standards. Emphasizes the creation of hands-on artistic projects, the importance of art in the child's development, and the understanding of multicultural art traditions in subject matter, materials, and processes. Provides opportunities for students to gain basic art skills, understand the creative process, and investigate the critique process. Examines supportive environments and selecting materials and experiences appropriate to individual children. Examines historical contexts and indigenous aesthetics as they relate to the development of primary skills and appreciation for art and the creative process.  

Prerequisites: None Recommended Prep: EDU M02
Class Hours: 3 lecture
EDU M10 provides an understanding of learning and teaching literacy in a diverse, technologically complex society. Focuses on providing students with knowledge of a comprehensive balanced literacy approach. Includes an understanding and use of the major descriptors of developing literacy, appropriate assessment methods and instruments, and a developmental and analytical appreciation for writing strategies, conventions, applications, and interpretation of texts and genres.  

M80 provides on-the-job learning to develop effective work habits, attitudes, and career awareness in paid or unpaid internships that are related to the discipline. Involves the development and documentation of learning objectives and the completion of an internship paper, presentation, or project. Includes both workplace supervisor and faculty adviser feedback and/or written evaluations.

Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer AA-T
The Elementary Teacher Education program is designed for students who aspire to become elementary or special education teachers, and offers a breadth of study across disciplines. Elementary Teacher Education incorporates subject matter that prepares students to teach elementary education level subjects including science, mathematics, literature, history, geography and the arts. Elementary Teacher Education coursework will also introduce theories of education and child development, as well as provide an early field experience.

Students who complete these interdisciplinary courses will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate college-level skills in written English, oral communications, math, and critical thinking;
  2. Demonstrate a basic grasp of the disciplines most commonly taught in elementary schools in California, including physical science, biology, art, literature in a cultural or geographic context, world geography, United States history, and United States government;
  3. Demonstrate a basic grasp of child growth and development.

The Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer (AA-T) is intended for students who plan to transfer and complete a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies, Integrated Teacher Education, or a major deemed similar at a CSU campus. Students completing this AA-T degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not necessarily to a particular CSU campus or major of their choice. Students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements as this AA-T in Elementary Teacher Education may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a college or university that is not part of the CSU system.

To earn an AA-T in Elementary Teacher Education, students must:

  1. Complete 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU transferable semester units.
  2. Obtain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 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. Complete 50 specified major units. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better or a "P" if the course is taken on a "pass-no-pass" basis (Title 5 § 55063). Even though a "pass-no-pass" is allowed, it is highly recommended that students complete their major courses with a grade.
  4. Obtain certification of the California State University General Education Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC for CSU) pattern.

NOTE: Although the IGETC pattern is permissible for the Associate Degree for Transfer, MATH M10 is NOT an approved course for the IGETC pattern, therefore it's recommended that the student complete the CSU GE Breadth pattern for this degree or complete a transferable math course that is approved for the IGETC, as part of the completion of the IGETC.

Select and complete the following courses

  • BIOL M01 Introduction to Biology 4 Units
  • CD M02 Human Development: Infancy through Adolescence 3 Units
  • COMM M01 Public Speaking 3 Units
  • EDU M02 Introduction to Elementary Teaching 3 Units
  • HIST M130 United States History Through Reconstruction 3 Units
  • HIST M150 World History: From Prehistory to 1500 3 Units
  • MATH M10 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 3 Units
  • ENGL M01A English Composition 4 Units or
  • ENGL M01AH Honors: English Composition 4 Units

Introduction to Literature - one course

  • ENGL M01B Literature: Critical Thinking and Composition 4 Units
  • ENGL M01BH Honors Literature: Critical Thinking and Composition 4 Units

World Regional Geography - one course

  • GEOG M03 World Regional Geography 3 Units or
    GEOG M03H Honors: World Regional Geography 3 Units

Earth Science - one to two course(s)

  • GEOL M121 Earth Science with Lab 4 Units or
  • GEOL M02 Physical Geology 3 Units AND GEOL M02L Physical Geology Lab 1 Unit

Introduction to American Government and Politics - one course

  • POLS M03 American Government and Politics 3 Units
  • POLS M03H Honors: American Government and Politics 3 Units

Physical Science - one science course with a corresponding lab

  • CHEM M12 Introductory Chemistry I 4 Units
  • PHSC M01 Principles of Physical Science 3 Units AND PHSC M01L Principles of Physical Science Laboratory 1 Unit
  • PHYS M01 Descriptive Physics 3 Units AND PHYS M01L Descriptive Physics Lab 1 Unit

College Composition - one course
LIST A: Select one course from the following

  • COMM M25 Introduction to Rhetorical Criticism 3 Units
  • ENGL M01C Critical Thinking and Composition 3 Units ENGL M01CH Honors: Critical Thinking and Composition 3 Units
  • PHIL M05 Critical Thinking and Analytic Writing 3 Units

LIST B: Select one course from the following

  • ARTH M10 Art Appreciation 3 Units
  • ARTH M10H Honors: Art Appreciation 3 Units
  • MUS M08 Music Appreciation 3 Units
  • THA M01 Introduction to Theatre 3 Units


Due to the varying certification requirements in the education field, students are advised to consult with a Child Development/Education faculty member prior to finalizing their Student Education Plans. For additional coursework to prepare for careers with elementary-aged children, particularly in transitional kindergarten through second grade, please see courses in Child Development.