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Associate of Arts in Elementary Teacher Education

The Associate of Arts degree with an Elementary Education Transfer Emphasis is designed for the community College student who wishes to transfer to a Colorado four-year public College or university to receive a Bachelor’s degree with an Elementary Education teacher licensure. Students who complete the program at the community College, receiving a "C" or better (B- or better in ENG 121) will be considered for admission at Colorado public institutions of higher education.

Student must develop a graduation plan with a Teacher Education Advisor that identifies the first 41 hours that are guaranteed to transfer to all teacher education programs at the following Colorado public four-year institutions of higher education: Adams State University (B.A.-Interdisciplinary Studies); Colorado State University at Pueblo (B.S.-Liberal Studies), Colorado Mesa University (B.A.-Liberal Arts), Fort Lewis College (B.A.-Interdisciplinary Studies), Metropolitan State University of Denver (B.A.-Human Development), University of Colorado Boulder (B.A.-History), University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (B.A.-Biology, B.A.-English, B.A.-Geography and Environmental Studies, B.A.-History, or B.A.-Spanish), University of Colorado at Denver (B.A.-Individually Structured Major), University of Northern Colorado (B.A.-Interdisciplinary Studies), Western State Colorado University (B.A.-Interdisciplinary Studies\Liberal Arts).

To complete the A.A. graduation requirements, students who have completed or are currently enrolled in courses that will total the first 41 credits will apply to a specific teacher education program and be advised on the final 19 credits guaranteed to transfer.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College

For more information about this transfer degree please refer to the Colorado Department of Higher Education website

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements

35 credit hours

Written Communication

(6 credit hours)

ENG 121

English Composition I (GT-CO1)


ENG 122

English Composition II (GT-CO1)


Oral Communication

(3 credit hours)

COM 115

Public Speaking



(6 credit hours)

MAT 155

Integrated Math I


MAT 156

Integrated Math II


Arts and Humanities

(3 credit hours)

LIT 115

Introduction to Literature (GT-AH2) OR


LIT 201

Masterpieces of Literature I (GT-AH2) OR


LIT 202

Masterpieces of Literature II (GT-AH2) OR


LIT 211

Survey of American Literature I (GT-AH2) OR


LIT 221

Survey of British Literature I (GT-AH2)


Social and Behavioral Sciences

(9 credit hours)

GEO 105

World Regional Geography (GT-SS2)


HIS 121

U.S. History I (GT-HI1)


POS 111

American Government (GT-SS1)


Natural and Physical Sciences

(8 credit hours)

SCI 155

Integrated Science I (GT-SC1)


SCI 156

Integrated Science II (GT-SC1)


Education Courses

6 credit hours

EDU 221

Introduction to Education


PSY 238

Child Development (GT-SS3)


Elective Courses

19 credit hours


Consult with an Advisor at the transfer institution and an ACC Advisor to determine appropriate electives or ant GT course



60 credit hours

Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

Graduation Requirements

  • All courses required for this degree must be completed with a "C" or better to meet graduation requirements.
  • To graduate, students must apply for graduation (form available at and complete the graduation survey (available via myACC).
  • After applying for graduation, all correspondence to a student about the status of their program conferral will be sent to their student email address only.