Rosemary Breckenfelder, Department Chair
The Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Elementary Education prepares you to transfer as a junior to a four-year institution in Colorado in order to become an elementary teacher.
This program introduces you to the field of education. The course work comprises general education requirements common to all Colorado two- and four-year institutions. It also meets appropriate Colorado Model Content standards for elementary education. Upon transfer, if you have earned the AA degree with an emphasis in Elementary Education, you will be ready to apply for admission to a four-year institution’s teacher education program.
Before beginning to take classes, you must meet with PCC’s teacher education faculty advisor to plan a course of study and to examine the list of approved credits for each four-year institution in Colorado.
Students interested in majoring in education need to identify the four-year college/university to which they plan to transfer. Each individual institution requires different curriculum electives for graduation.
There are no current statewide articulation agreements in secondary or K-12 education, but students can still effectively pursue these options at PCC.
Emphasis in Elementary Education (Grades K-6)
If you want to teach grades K through 6, you may pursue an Associate of Arts degree with Elementary Education emphasis.
Emphasis in Secondary Education (Grades 7-12)
If you want to teach grades 7 through 12, you should identify the four-year college or university to which you intend to transfer and the appropriate curriculum. You may pursue an Associate of Arts degree with Secondary Education emphasis in one of the following licensure areas:
- Social Science (History/Political Science)
Emphasis in K-12 Education
If you would like to teach in the K-12 content areas of art, music or physical education, you should pursue an Associate of Arts degree at PCC. Your advisor will help you select the electives that will be required for your bachelor’s degree.