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Associate Degree

A.A. in Liberal Studies for Elementary Education

This major is designed for students who wish to be teachers in public and private elementary schools. Further education at the university level will be required to fulfill all requirements for a teaching credential authorizing service in California public schools. This A.A. degree is also intended for students who wish to work in elementary schools as classroom/instructional aides.

Catalog Date: January 1, 2023

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ART 430 Art and Children 3
BIOL 307 Biology of Organisms 4
COMM 361 The Communication Experience 3
ECON 302 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ENGED 305 Structure of English 3
ENGED 320 Service Learning: Tutoring Elementary Students in Reading 3
ENGWR 300 College Composition 3
ENGWR 301 College Composition and Literature (3) 3
   or ENGWR 302 Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking (3)
GEOL 305 Earth Science 3
GEOL 306 Earth Science Laboratory 1
HIST 307 History of World Civilizations to 1500 3
HIST 308 History of World Civilizations, 1500 to Present 3
HIST 310 History of the United States (To 1877) 3
MATH 310 Mathematical Discovery 3
POLS 301 Introduction to Government: United States 3
PSYC 372 Child Development (3) 3
   or ECE 312 Child Development (3)
SOC 321 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States (3) 3
   or COMM 325 Intercultural Communication (3)
   or PSYC 368 Cross Cultural Psychology (3)
   or ADMJ 302 Community Relations: Multicultural Issues (3)
Total Units: 50

The Liberal Studies for Elementary Education Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See FLC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • apply knowledge, skills, and abilities toward successful completion of coursework at transfer institutions.
  • seek employment as an instructional or classroom aide in an elementary school.
  • develop a reasoned solution to a problem and defend it using appropriate language, methods, and/or notation.
  • evaluate new and accepted ideas about the natural universe using testable methodology.
  • write and speak effectively, demonstrating the ability to evaluate audience and appeal to it persuasively.
  • conduct library research and compose research papers with a clear thesis, sound critical thinking, correct usage, and proper documentation.
  • apply knowledge of world history and cultures to identify the values of a culture and work with others of a diverse background.
  • analyze the Constitution of the United States and other founding documents.
  • describe the nature of government and compare and contrast political institutions.
  • apply basic economic concepts.
  • apply knowledge of child development theories to assess the characteristics of teaching practices and learning conditions.

Career Information

Teacher, primary grades; teacher, intermediate grades; instructional assistant, elementary school grades K-8.