What will I learn?
This program will introduce you to the field of education. Your courses will include General Education requirements common to all Colorado two- and four-year institutions. They also meet appropriate Colorado Model Content standards for elementary education. When you earn the Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Elementary* Education, you will be ready to apply for admission as a junior to a four-year institution’s teacher education program.
If you are interested in majoring in education, you will need to identify the four-year college/university to which you plan to transfer. Each individual institution requires different curriculum electives for graduation.
Before taking classes, students must meet with PCC’s teacher education faculty advisor to plan a course of study and 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)
If you wish to teach grades 7 through 12, you should identify the four-year college or university to which you intend to transfer and the appropriate curriculum for that school. You 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) or Spanish.
Emphasis in K-12 education
If you wish to teach in the K-12 content areas of art, music or physical education, you 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.
*There are no current statewide articulation agreements in secondary or K-12 education, but students can still effectively pursue these options at PCC.
Total credits: 60
General education core requirements – 32 credits
Education requirements – 9 credits
Other required courses – 19 credits