Oct 01, 2023
(For students completing the Elementary Teacher Education AA-T degree)
Students who have completed the approved Elementary Teacher Education AA-T Transfer Degree program are eligible to graduate in 60 units. The exact pathway to complete the major will depend on the specific AA-T curriculum. The CI Liberal Studies Teaching and Learning major has been modified to ensure AA-T students graduate within 60 units. As a result, it is imperative that students meet with an academic advisor for assistance with following the Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC).
Students electing to add an additional degree objective, such as a second major or minor, will not be guaranteed graduation within 60 units. TMC Students are also required to complete one of the Concentrations as part of the Teaching and Learning Emphasis.
Summary of Units:
Special Grade Requirement:
A minimum grade of “C” is required in all major courses
Lower Division Requirements - 44 units
Upper Division Requirements - 38 units
Capstone - 3 units
The capstone course or project (LS 490 or LS 499) must be passed with a grade of “B” or better for the Teaching and Learning Emphasis.
Required Liberal Studies Concentration - 9-10 units
Lower-division courses may be substituted with transferable community college courses. Students should work with their Liberal Studies Faculty Advisor to identify the courses that may be used to meet concentration requirements.
Nine to ten additional units must be taken from one of the following concentrations:
1. Bilingual Authorization Concentration - 9-10 units
This concentration will help prepare students for the Bilingual Authorization examination leading to bilingual certification.
All courses in this concentration must be completed with a grade of C+ or better to be counted towards a Bilingual Authorization.
Once you are in a Credential Program, you will take two additional credential-level courses, EDML 563 and EDML 564, to obtain a waiver to take any examinations for bilingual authorization.
2. History and Social Science Concentration - 9 units
This concentration will be good preparation for anyone wanting to teach social studies.
- HIST 300 - The Historian’s Craft Units: 3
Complete two courses, one each from two different disciplines:
- Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, or Sociology
Consider choosing an Upper Division General Education Area B (UDGE-B) course.
3. Human Development and Psychology Concentration - 9 units
This concentration will help build a strong background for working with students in the classroom.
4. Mathematics Concentration 9-10 units
This concentration will help build a strong background for teaching Mathematics.
Students should meet with a Mathematics Faculty Advisor to design their Mathematics Concentration. With their advice, it may be possible to complete enough courses to qualify for a Foundational Mathematics Minor to teach middle school.
5. Reading, Language and Literature Concentration - 9 units
This concentration will help build a good background for teaching language arts.
6. Science Concentration - 9-10 units
This concentration will prepare future teachers to specialize in science-teaching. Students are strongly encouraged to take courses from at least two different disciplines, e.g., BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, and PHYS, etc.
Complete a minimum of nine science units: at least three of the nine units must be upper division; at least one of the courses must have a laboratory component; two of the courses must be three units; one can be four units. Consider choosing one Upper Division General Education Area B (UDGE-B) course.
7. Visual and Performing Arts Concentration - 9 units
This concentration will help build a strong background for teaching the arts.
Complete a minimum of nine units from visual and performing arts, e.g., ART, PA, PAMU, PATH, PADA, etc. or any GE Area C1 course - at least three of the nine units must be upper division, but consider choosing two upper division courses; one of the courses may be an Upper Division General Education Area B (UDGE-B) course.
Additional General Education and other Graduation Requirements.
To graduate, students must complete 120 units minimum (40 units must be upper division), including the following General Education (GE) and Graduation Requirements:
- Additional lower division GE Area A-E requirements not met within the major
- American Institutions Requirement
- Language Requirement (C- or better grade)
- Multicultural Perspectives (MP) Mission Pillar Requirement
- Nine units of Upper Division General Education (UDGE) courses, one each in Areas UDGE-B, UDGE-C, and UDGE-D
- Free electives as needed to meet minimum units for graduation