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Elementary Education

Orange Coast College
Program overview
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Associate's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
Costa Mesa
31 January 2022

Costa Mesa
13 June 2022

Program description

Elementary Education

Students graduating with an Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer Degree are well positioned to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in a similar major within the California State University system with 60 units of upper-division coursework. Students who complete the Elementary Teacher Education AA-T degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum 2.0 is required for CSU admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult a counselor for more information.

The Associate in Arts degree for Transfer (AA-T) In Elementary Teacher Education is designed for prospective California State University (CSU) transfer students who are preparing for careers as Elementary School Teachers. Completion of a Bachelor’s degree In Liberal Studies prepares students to apply to approved teacher education programs leading to a credential to teach in elementary, self-contained classrooms. The Liberal Studies major and aligned AA-T Elementary Teacher Education curriculum provides depth and breadth of subject matter content typically taught in Kindergarten through sixth grade classroom settings in California. Students who plan to enter a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) approved program leading to a preliminary Multiple Subject Credential are required to demonstrate subject matter competency.

Admission requirements

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  2. Minimum GPA of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors require a higher GPA. Consult with a counselor for more information.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18-semester units in the major as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU General Education Breadth — Option 2) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC — Option 3).

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Program content

  • Introduction to Biology
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Conceptual Physics
  • and Introductory Physics Laboratory
  • Public Speaking
  • The Teaching Profession
  • Freshman Composition
  • Critical Reasoning: Fiction
  • World Regional Geography
  • General Geology
  • General Geology Laboratory
  • World History 1
  • History of the United States to 1876
  • Child Growth and Development
  • Mathematics for Elementary Teachers
  • American Government

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

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  1. Students will be eligible and prepared for admission (SB 1440 and Education Code 66746) to California State University system schools.

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Orange Coast College

Orange Coast College (OCC) is a 2-year community college located in Costa Mesa, California minutes from Disneyland Resort and California's most popular beaches. As a community college, OCC is accessible offering low-cost tuition and flexible admissions for programs leading to...

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Orange Coast College

2701 Fairview Road
92626 Costa Mesa California
United States of America

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