If you have ever thought that you might want to be a teacher, then we have great news for you. Thanks to a program of courses offered by the Los Rios College – American River, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake, and Sacramento City – you now can get your two year AA or AA-T degree and transfer to a CSU or UC to complete your BA degree. You then will be ready to enter the teaching credential program.
The first two years at a Los Rios Community College offer all the courses you need, including the two field experience courses – ENGED 320 and ENGED 324/ECE 350 – to be eligible for transfer to the CSU system.
The unique opportunity of the two field experience courses places prospective teachers in schools working alongside credentialed teachers. In this way, you quickly discover if teaching is the profession for you.
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Associate Degree for Transfer
A.A.-T. in Elementary Teacher Education
The Associate in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer provides a clearly articulated curricular track for students who wish to transfer to a CSU campus, while also serving the diverse needs of students interested in the breadth and depth of the field of Elementary Teacher Education. Additionally, this degree exposes students to the core principles and practices of the field in order to build a foundation for their future personal, academic, or vocational paths.
The Associate in Arts degree in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements of the California State University for transfer. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system. The Associate in Arts degree in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer (AA-T) may be obtained by the completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program outlined below (earning a C or better in these courses) and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.
Catalog Date: August 1, 2023
|Course Code||Course Title||Units|
|BIOL 310||General Biology (4)||4|
|COMM 301||Introduction to Public Speaking||3|
|CHEM 305||Introduction to Chemistry||5|
|ECE 312||Child Development (3)||3|
|or PSYC 372||Child Development (3)|
|ENGED 324||Introduction to Elementary Teaching with Field Experience (3)||3|
|or ECE 350||Introduction to Elementary Teaching with Field Experience (3)|
|ENGWR 300||College Composition (3)||3|
|or ENGWR 480||Honors College Composition (3)|
|ENGWR 301||College Composition and Literature (3)||3 - 4|
|or ENGWR 303||Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking Through Literature (4)|
|or ENGWR 481||Honors College Composition and Literature (3)|
|ENGWR 302||Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking||3|
|GEOG 320||World Regional Geography||3|
|GEOL 305||Earth Science||3|
|GEOL 306||Earth Science Laboratory||1|
|HIST 307||History of World Civilizations to 1500||3|
|HIST 308||History of World Civilizations, 1500 to Present||3|
|HIST 310||History of the United States (To 1877) (3)||3|
|or HIST 483||History of the United States - Honors (3)|
|MATH 311||Mathematical Concepts for Elementary School Teachers - Number Systems||3|
|PHYS 310||Conceptual Physics||3|
|PHYS 312||Conceptual Physics Laboratory||1|
|POLS 301||Introduction to Government: United States (3)||3|
|or POLS 481||Introduction to Government: United States - Honors (3)|
|A minimum of 3 units from the following:||3|
|ARTH 300||Art Appreciation (3)|
|MUFHL 300||Introduction to Music (3)|
|TA 300||Introduction to the Theatre (3)|
|Total Units:||56 - 57|
The Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer (AA-T) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0, including (a) a minimum grade of "C" (or "P") for each course in the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program, and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- apply the scientific method using inquiry, data collection, quantitative reasoning, and basic mathematical concepts to analyze results
- assess teaching practices and learning conditions through application of child development theories
- evaluate attitudes, actions, and behaviors indicative of a professional educator
- apply analytical reading and writing, research, and critical thinking essential for completing assigned tasks
- explain relationships and interactions between humans and the earth
- apply knowledge of world history and cultures to identify the values of a culture and work with others of diverse cultures
- analyze statistical data
- present information effectively to an intended audience
- compare and contrast various forms and styles of music, artworks, and theatrical performances
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