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Elementary Education AA

Transfer Degree Description

Do you enjoy spending time with children and teaching them new things? Does it give you a sense of pride and excitement when they master different skills and abilities? As an elementary education professional, all of your daily activities will focus on the goal of helping students begin their academic journey and reach their potential. Through your instruction in the classroom, they will develop foundational knowledge in the key areas of math, reading, writing, social studies, and science that will carry them into high school and beyond. A program in Elementary Teacher Education will give you a firm grasp of pedagogy, including how to plan lessons and support different learning styles. You will learn how to create a safe, inclusive, stimulating classroom environment that invites them to ask questions and engage in discussion.

An associate degree in Elementary Teacher Education can be a first step toward a career as an elementary school teacher, special education teacher, school administrator, instructional designer, or professional tutor. This degree is transferable to universities offering a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Inclusive Elementary Education, Human Development, Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Arts, and Liberal Studies.

Students should work closely with their Otero advisor and contact their transfer institution choices for more specific transfer information.


Degree Pathway

Year One

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

SCI 155
ENG 121
HIS 121
LIT 115 or 201
PSY 101

Integrated Science I w/Lab
English Composition I
U.S. History to Reconstruction 
Literature
General Psychology I

4
3
3
3
3

 

ENG 122
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SCI 156
GEO 105

English Composition II
**Elective
Integrated Science II w/Lab
World Regional Geography

 

3
3
4
3

 

Year Two

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

HUM 121
PSY 238
COM 115
MAT 155

Survey of the Humanities I
Child Development
Public Speaking
Integrated Math I

3
3
3
3

 

EDU 221
MAT 156
POS 111
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Introduction to Education
Integrated Math II
American Government
**Elective
**Elective

 

2
3
3
3
4

 *Students must successfully pass BOTH SCI 155 & 156 to satisfy the gtPathways science requirement.

Transfer Degree ADVISING SHEET

 

** Each 4 year college in Colorado has their own prescribed list of " electives " for those students that are seeking an Elementary Education degree. Check with your advisor for this list of courses. Otero will use applicable elective credit (19 credit hours) outside of the required courses (41 credits) to graduate the student from Otero.

* A grade of B- or higher must be earned in English Composition I (ENG 121). This is a standard teacher education admission standard in Colorado.

*If a student should need to take remedial and/or pre-requisite courses they are not included in this degree plan.

*Some courses may not be offered at Otero but available with CCCOnline.

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