Elementary Teacher Education

The Associate of Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer (AA-T) offers lower division coursework examining content area subject matter requirements for teaching at the elementary school level.  Students will explore the core principles and practices of a liberal studies curriculum in order to build a foundation appropriate for entry into advanced study in teacher preparation.  

The students also have the opportunity to participate in supervised fieldwork in K-8 settings.  This degree is designed to facilitate students transferring to the California State University System with an Associate Degree in Elementary Teacher Education. With this degree, the student will be prepared to enter into a Bachelor Degree Program designed to prepare them to teach in a K-8 classroom.  This option prepares students for transfer to CSU to major in either a General Track Liberal Studies Program or an Integrated Liberal Studies/Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program.  

Elementary Teacher Education - ADT (CSU and UC)

0-15 units
Fall/Spring Units
English 1A/1AH  4
Math 26 3
Early Childhood Studies 20 3
History 1 3
Intersession (Winter/Summer) Units
Political Science 1/1H 3
16-30 units
Fall/spring Units
Geology 4 3
English 1B 4
Educaton 1 3
Biology 35 3
Intersession (Winter/Summer) Units
Art 1, 2, 5, 6, MUSIC 19 or THEATRE 3 3
31-45 units
Fall/spring Units
Biology 1 4
History 6/6H 3
Chemistry 2A 4
Communication Studies 1/1H 3
Intersession (Winter/Summer) Units
Early Childhood Education Elective 3
45-60+ units
Fall/spring Units
Physics 10 and 11 4
Geography 3 3
First semester Foreign Language 4-5
Early Childhood Education Elective 3

For alternative CSU/UC General Education options refer to the RCC Catalog, under Requirements for College Transfer.


Milestones are courses, co-curricular activities and recommendations from your Student Success Team that will keep you on track towards completion of your degree. Check off your milestones as you complete them.
  • Complete English 1A (transfer-level English)
  • Complete Math 11, 12 or 25 (transfer-level math)
  • Complete EAR 20 AND EDU 1 within the first year
  • Apply to Universities (CSU/UC application period Oct 1-Nov 30)
  • Apply for ADT degree by beginning of spring term before transfer
  • Complete RCC Graduation application (during your last term)
  • Meet with your Counselor to Complete your Comprehensive Student Education Plan (SEP)
  • Complete FAFSA (Oct 1st - Mar 2nd for priority)
  • Meet with Faculty Advisor for career/research opportunities
  • Meet with your Counselor to update SEP (every semester)
  • Meet with your Counselor for pre-graduation check
  • Research Potential Clubs on Campus
  • Participate in tutoring, student success workshops or supplemental instruction
  • Visit the Career Center for Internship opportunities
  • Research transfer institutions
  • Attend Transfer workshops and Transfer Fair
  • Participate in an internship/ job shadowing
  • Participate in a research activity (meet with Faculty Advisor)

Careers for Elementary Teacher Education Majors

Salaries Range : $27,920-$127,233

  • Kindergarten Teacher, except Special Ed.
  • Elementary School Teacher except Special Ed.
  • Middle School Teacher except Special Ed. & CTE
  • Education Administrators, Elementary School
  • Instructional Coordinators
  • Teacher Assistants