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Liberal Studies: Elementary Teacher Preparation

Award Type: Associate in Arts

The Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies - Elementary Teacher Preparation is designed to provide students who intend to enroll in a baccalaureate teacher preparation program with a pattern of coursework necessary to transition into upper division course requirements. The program develops competencies in critical thinking and communication, both spoken and written, and incorporates the elementary subject matter requirements established by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing. 

The graduate of the Associate in Arts in Liberal Studies: Elementary Teacher Preparation will:

  • Complete the major core requirements (29 units).
  • Complete the prescribed pattern of general education courses (23 units).
  • Complete a total of 60 associate degree applicable units.

Program Requirements

Elementary Teacher Preparation Major Requirements Required core courses (29 units):

Course Number Course Title Units
ART 101 Art Appreciation 3.0
or
DANC 101 Dance Appreciation 3.0
or
DRMA 103 Introduction to Theatre 3.0
or
MUS 100 Music Appreciation 3.0
ECS 100 Child Growth and Development 3.0
EDUC 130 Exploring Teaching 3.0
SPCH 101 Public Speaking 3.0
POLS 103 American Government 3.0
ENGL 102 Freshman Composition Literature 3.0
PHSC 111 Matter, Energy and Molecules 4.0
PHSC 112 Earth and the Universe 4.0
MATH 105 Mathematics for Teachers 4.0
or
MATH 131 College Algebra 3.0
or
MATH 135 Calculus with Applications 4.0
or
MATH 141 Precalculus 6.0
or
MATH 181 Calculus 1 4.0

Recommended electives: (Please see a counselor for specific CSU campus requirements)

Course Number Course Title Units
CBIS 101 Computer Concepts & Applications 3.0
HIST 119 History of California 3.0
MATH 123 Elementary Statistics 4.0
PSY 117 Child Psychology 3.0
PHIL 102 Existence and Reality 3.0
or
PHIL 105 Ethics 3.0

General Education Requirements Required general education courses (23 units)

Category 1 Natural Sciences

Course Number Course Title Units
BIOL 100 Introductory Biology 4.0

Category 2A Human Institutions: Social Science

Course Number Course Title Units
GEOG 103 World Regional Geography 3.0

Category 2B Human Institutions: American History or Government

Course Number Course Title Units
HIST 107 U S History to 1877 3.0

Category 3: Humanities

Course Number Course Title Units
HIST 103 East Asian Civilization 3.0
or
HUM 103 East Asian Civilization 3.0

Category 4A Language and Rationality: Written Composition

Course Number Course Title Units
ENGL 101 Freshman Composition: Exposition 4.0

Category 4B Language and Rationality: Communication and Analytical Thinking

Course Number Course Title Units
ENGL 103 Critical Thinking and Composition 3.0
or
PHIL 112 Logic 3.0
or
PHIL 114 Critical Thinking 3.0
or
SPCH 106 Argumentation and Debate 3.0

Category 5: Living Skills

Course Number Course Title Units
HED 100 Health and Wellness 3.0

General Education Requirements

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