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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: January 1, 2023

Degree Requirements

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

Career Information

Public or private instructional assistant or classroom aide, grades K-8; private tutor; publishing and textbook salesperson; curriculum and test developer; teacher, grades K-12 with additional education


A.A.-T. in English

The Associate in Arts in English for Transfer (AA-T) degree 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 English. 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 in English for Transfer (AA-T) degree 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 in English for Transfer (AA-T) degree 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 or a "P" in these courses) and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education‐Breadth Requirements.

Catalog Date: January 1, 2023

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ENGWR 303 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking Through Literature 41
List A:
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
ENGLT 310 English Literature I (3)
ENGLT 311 English Literature II (3)
ENGLT 320 American Literature I (3)
ENGLT 321 American Literature II (3)
ENGLT 340 World Literature I (3)
ENGLT 341 World Literature II (3)
List B:
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 62
ENGCW 400 Creative Writing (3)
ENGCW 410 Fiction Writing Workshop (3)
ENGCW 420 Poetry Writing Workshop (3)
ENGCW 430 Creative Non-Fiction Writing Workshop (3)
ENGLT 300 Introduction to Fiction (3)
ENGLT 330 African American Literature (3)
ENGLT 335 Latino, Mexican-American, and Chicano Literature (3)
ENGLT 338 Native American Literature (3)
ENGLT 345 Mythologies of the World (3)
ENGLT 380 Introduction to Shakespeare (3)
ENGLT 392 Science Fiction and Fantasy (3)
ENGLT 403 Film Adaptations (3)
ENGLT 486 Honors African American Literature (3)
List C:
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 33
ENGCW 415 Comedy Writing Workshop (3)
ENGCW 441 Feature Film Screenwriting Workshop I (3)
ENGCW 450 College Literary Magazine (3)
ENGLT 304 Introduction to Poetry (3)
ENGLT 308 The Graphic Novel and Manga (3)
ENGLT 327 Literature of California (3)
ENGLT 334 Asian-American Literature (3)
ENGLT 360 Women in Literature (3)
ENGLT 365 Introduction to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Literature (3)
ENGLT 370 Children and Literature (3)
ENGLT 378 Young Adult Literature (3)
Total Units: 19

1Or ENGWR 301 AND ENGWR 302, in which case students will complete three (3) units from List B rather than six (6).

2Students may also substitute any courses from List A not already taken to fulfill degree requirements.

3Students may also substitute any course from Lists A or B not already taken to fulfill degree requirements.

The Associate in Arts in English 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:

  • evaluate literary texts for social, historical, cultural, psychological, philosophical, and aesthetic assumptions.
  • analyze representations of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, nationality, race, ethnicity, colonialism, social class, or physical ability.
  • employ critical reasoning skills and terminology of literary critique to analyze complex texts.
  • compose thesis-driven arguments to suit a variety of rhetorical situations, including interpretation, evaluation, and analysis.
  • synthesize textual evidence, including primary and secondary sources, documenting sources for readers' needs.

Certificate

Literary Publishing Certificate

This certificate benefits students who are interested in the business of publishing literary works. Work required to edit and publish American River Review forms the core of the certificate. Additional coursework focuses on the various literary genres from reading, writing, and editing perspectives. The College Literary Publishing course serves as the capstone experience for the certificate program and provides students an opportunity to work in the role of acquisitions editors for Ad Lumen Press, American River College's university-style literary press.

Catalog Date: January 1, 2023

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ENGCW 450 College Literary Magazine 3
ENGCW 455 College Literary Publishing 3
ENGLT 300 Introduction to Fiction (3) 3
or ENGLT 304 Introduction to Poetry (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 31
ENGCW 400 Creative Writing (3)
ENGCW 410 Fiction Writing Workshop (3)
ENGCW 420 Poetry Writing Workshop (3)
ENGCW 430 Creative Non-Fiction Writing Workshop (3)
ENGCW 450 College Literary Magazine (3)
Total Units: 12

1ENGCW 450 must be taken one time, but it may be taken a second time as elective credit toward the certificate.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • compose literary works using the full process of drafting, receiving feedback, revising, editing, and proofreading.
  • examine literary works from various genres, styles, cultural perspectives, and historical periods.
  • critique literary works.
  • assess literary works for publication.
  • recommend editorial changes to authors of literary works.
  • assemble a collection of literary works for publication.

Career Information

This certificate prepares students for careers in publishing houses of full-length or periodical literature. In addition, students may use the skills to work on publications such as yearbooks, creative writing magazines, newspapers, and newsletters in a commercial or educational setting.

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