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2024-25 Catalog 
    Jun 15, 2024  
2024-25 Catalog

Elementary Teacher Education, AA (with Transfer Articulation Agreement)

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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.

Program Description

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:

  • English
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Science (History/Political Science)
  • Spanish

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.

Total Credits: 60

General Education Core Requirements (32 Credits)

Education Requirements (9 Credits)

Please note: If these credits are not required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution, they will be applied to the bachelor’s degree as elective credits towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

Other Required Courses (19 Credits)

Determined by transferring institution.

Students must meet with an academic advisor to determine which specific other courses are required pertaining to their emphasis area and transfer institution.

Transfer Degrees

This degree transfers to the following Colorado public four-year institutions of higher education:Adams State University (B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies)

  • Colorado Mesa University (B.A. Liberal Arts)
  • Colorado Mountain College (B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies)
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo (B.S. Liberal Studies)
  • Fort Lewis College (B.A. Elementary Education)
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver (B.A. Human Development, B.A. Elementary Education)
  • University of Colorado, Boulder (B.A. Elementary Education)
  • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (B.A. Inclusive Elementary Education, B.A. Biology, B.A. English Literature, B.A. Geography and Environmental Studies, B.A. History, or B.A. Spanish)
  • University of Colorado, Denver (B.A., Elementary Education emphasis; B.A. Education and Human Development – Elementary Education)
  • University of Northern Colorado (B.A. Elementary Education)
  • Western State Colorado University (B.A. Elementary Education, CLD emphasis)

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