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  • Education
  • Fast Facts

    Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Award: AA

    Program Length: 60 Credits, 4 Semesters

    Part-Time or Full-Time: Both

    Course Availability: Day, Evening, Online

    Course Locations: Pueblo, Fremont, Durango, Mancos, Online

  • Career Information
    The Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Elementary* Education prepares students to transfer as a junior to a four-year institution in Colorado in order to become an elementary teacher. Students interested in majoring in education need to identify the four-year college/university to which they plan to transfer. Each individual institution requires different curriculum electives for graduation.

    *There are no current statewide articulation agreements in secondary or K-12 education, but students can still effectively pursue these options at PCC.

    What Will I Learn
    This program introduces students to the field of education. The course work comprises General Education requirements common to all Colorado two- and four-year institutions. It also meets appropriate Colorado Model Content standards for elementary education. Upon transfer, students who have earned the AA degree with an emphasis in Elementary* Education, will be ready to apply for admission to a four-year institution’s teacher education program.

    Before beginning to take classes, students must meet with PCC’s teacher education faculty advisor to plan a course of study and to examine the list of approved credits for each four-year institution in Colorado.

    Emphasis in Elementary Education (Grades K-6)
    Students who wish to teach grades K through 6 may pursue an Associate of Arts degree with Elementary* Education emphasis.

    Emphasis in Secondary Education (Grades 7-12)
    Students who wish to teach grades 7 through 12 should identify the four-year college or university to which they intend to transfer and the appropriate curriculum.  Students may pursue an Associate of Arts degree with Secondary Education emphasis in one of the following licensure areas:

    • English
    • Math
    • Science
    • Social Science (History/Political Science)
    • Spanish

    Emphasis in K-12 Education
    Students who wish to teach in the K-12 content areas of art, music or physical education should pursue an Associate of Arts degree at PCC. Your advisor will help you select the electives that will be required for your bachelor’s degree.

    Degree Transfer
    This AA degree with an emphasis in Elementary Education transfers to the following Colorado public four-year institutions of higher education:

    • University of Colorado, Boulder (B.A. History)
    • Metropolitan State University of Denver (B.A. Human Development)
    • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (B.A. Biology, English, Adams State University (B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies)
    • Colorado Mesa University (B.A. Liberal Arts)
    • Colorado State University-Pueblo (B.S. Liberal Studies)
    • Fort Lewis College (B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies)
    • Geography and Environmental Studies, History, or Spanish)
    • University of Colorado, Denver (B.A. Individually Structured Major or B.A. Teaching, Learning, & Development – Elementary Education)
    • University of Northern Colorado (B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies)
    • Western State Colorado University (B.A. Elementary Education)