ADT in Elementary Teacher Education

The Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer degree (AA-T) offers students a breadth of study across disciplines. In this major students learn to think critically, communicate clearly and prepare for transfer into a liberal studies program at a four-year university. The liberal studies is the most common “approved major” for teacher preparation and best prepares students to take the CBEST and CSET exams.

Students receiving this transfer degree must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students must earn a "C" or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A “P” (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major.

Required courses:
CHLD 100Introduction to Education and Teaching Grades K-123
BIOL 105General Biology4
or BIOL 105H General Biology - Honors
or BIOL 109 Biology for Educators
ENGL 101Reading and Composition3
or ENGL 101H Reading and Composition - Honors
ENGL 102Introduction to Literature3
ESCI 106Earth and Space Science for Educators4
or ESCI 120 Physical Geology
GEOG 102Cultural Geography3
HIST 103History of World Civilization up to 1500 C.E.3
or HIST 103H History of World Civilization up to 1500 C.E./Honors
HIST 107History of the United States before 18773
or HIST 107H History of the United States before 1877 - Honors
MATH 168Mathematics for Elementary Teachers l4
POLI 103American Government and Politics3
or POLI 103H American Government and Politics - Honors
PSY 206Child Growth and Development3
SPCH 101Public Address3
or SPCH 101H Public Address - Honors
Required physical science courses:
Beginning General Chemistry5
Physics in Everyday Life4
Select one (1) of the following courses:
Composition and Critical Thinking3
Composition and Critical Thinking - Honors3
Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking3
Select one (1) of the following courses:
Music Appreciation3
Introduction to Theatre Arts3
Select any course(s) not selected above or one (1) of the following courses:
Chinese II5
Introduction to U.S. American Literature I3
Introduction to U. S. American Literature II3
Introduction to World Literature: Ancient - Early Modern3
Introduction to World Literature: 1600's through Twentieth Century3
Children's Literature3
German II5
German III5
German IV5
History of World Civilization since 15003
Humanities - Prehistory through the Medieval Period3
Humanities - Prehistory through the Medieval Period - Honors3
Humanities from the Renaissance through the 19th Century3
Japanese II5
Elementary School Physical Education3
Music Fundamentals3
Great Religions of the World3
Introduction to Philosophy3
Introduction to Philosophy - Honors3
Philosophy - Ethics3
Spanish II5
Spanish III5
Spanish IV5
Intermediate Spanish for Spanish Speakers I5
Intermediate Spanish for Spanish Speakers II5
Total Units57-59

A.A.-Transfer Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Elementary Teacher Education A.A.-Transfer Degree will:

  1. Demonstrate the acquisition of intellectual and practical skills including critical thinking, inquiry, and analysis.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of integrated studies found in the disciplines in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  3. Increased awareness of personal and social responsibility needed for working with diverse peoples by fostering an ethic of social engagement and citizenship.
  4. Demonstrate skills needed for teamwork, creativity, problem-solving, collaborative decision-making, and an appreciation of learning.