Elementary Education [Teacher] Preparation

Associate of Arts Degree with Designation

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Elementary Education Teacher Preparation allows students to complete a transferable associate of arts degree preparing them for transfer to a four-year college or university in Colorado where they can complete their Bachelor’s degree and teaching credential in two additional years. Students identify a major and transfer institution prior to enrolling for courses and must meet with their faculty advisor before registering for classes to insure transferability of courses to their chosen institution/major.

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1


ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2


Note: Some educator preparation programs require a B- in ENG 121 as an admission requirement. However, a C- or better meets the general education GT-CO1 requirement.


Six (6) credit hours

MAT 155

Integrated Math I


MAT 156

Integrated Math II


Completion of MAT 155 and MAT 156 with a C- or higher will satisfy the GT Pathways math requirement at some institutions but not all. At the receiving institution’s discretion, students may be asked to complete a GT-MA1 approved course.

Arts and Humanities

Three (3) credit hours

LIT 115

Introduction to Literature I: AH2


LIT 201

World Literature to 1600: AH2


LIT 202

World Literature after 1600: AH2


LIT 211

American Literature to the Civil War: AH2


LIT 221

British Literature to 1770: AH2



Three (3) credit hours

HIS 121

U.S. History to Reconstruction: HI1


Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours

GEO 105

World Regional Geography: SS2


POS 111

American Government: SS1


Natural and Physical Sciences

Eight (8) credit hours

SCI 155

Integrated Science I-Physics & Chemistry w/Lab: SC1


SCI 156

Integrated Science II-Earth & Life Sciences w/Lab: SC1


Students must pass with a C- or higher BOTH SCI 155 and SCI 156 to satisfy the GT Pathways science requirement.

Additional Requirements

Nine (9) credit hours

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

COM 115

Public Speaking


EDU 221

Introduction to Education


PSY 238

Child Development: SS3



Nineteen (19) credit hours to be determined by discipline receiving four-year institution.

Total Credit Hours


Additional information available on the Education Department website at www.ppcc.edu/edu.