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Make an impact on the next generation of learners by becoming a passionate teacher with an Associate of Arts degree in Teacher Education from Arapahoe Community College.

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If you’re interested in teaching, getting your start at ACC is a great way to enter the education field. We offer an Associate of Arts transfer degree in Elementary Teacher Education that’s designed to be accepted at any public four-year college and university. If you’re interested in teaching at the secondary level, you can earn guaranteed transfer credits in the content area that you want to teach, as well as education foundation courses. Once you’ve graduated from ACC, you can transfer those credits to the Colorado public institution of your choice to complete your Bachelor’s degree and fulfill the requirements to earn your teaching license. If you’ve already earned your teaching license, you can renew it by taking education classes at ACC as well.

Kathleen Sutherland
Program Chair / Faculty
kathleen.sutherland [at]

What You'll Learn

As a teacher, you must develop the skills needed not only to teach, but to foster an environment that makes it easy to learn. By earning your degree in elementary education at ACC or taking classes to transfer for a degree to teach at the secondary level, you will be doing so through:

  • Communication
  • Information Management
  • Personal Development
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Responsibility and Accountability

CIP 240101 (EMTD)

The purpose of a statewide articulation agreement is to identify the courses a student at a Colorado public community college must complete as part of an AA/AS degree to be guaranteed to be able to complete the designated baccalaureate degree program at public four-year colleges and universities as designated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) transfer agreement.

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)

1 Note: Some educator preparation programs require a B- in ENG 121 as an admission requirement. However, a C- or better meets the general education GT-CO1 requirement.

Mathematics (6 credit hours)

2 Note: Completion of MAT 155 & 156 with a C- or higher will satisfy the GT Pathways math requirement at some institutions but not all. At the receiving institution's discretion, students may be asked to complete a GT-MA1 approved course.

History (3 credit hours)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours)
Natural and Physical Sciences (8 credit hours)

3 Note: Students must pass with a C- or higher BOTH SCI 155 & 156 to satisfy the GT Pathways science requirement.

Additional Required Courses (9 credit hours)

Please Note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor's degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

Elective Courses (19 credit hours)

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

Total: 60 credit hours

All courses required for this degree must be completed with a "C" or better to be considered for transfer to another Colorado institution. Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

Graduation Requirements

Earn recertification and/or re-licensure credit:

EDU 261: Teaching, Learning & Technology (3 credits)

EDU 234: Multicultural Education (3 credits)

Job Potential

Teachers of all levels are needed everywhere in the world. Whether you plan to teach at the elementary or secondary level, some of the positions that you could have include:

Getting Started

A student who is planning to become an Elementary Education Teacher will complete 41 credits that are guaranteed to transfer to teacher education programs offered by Colorado Public institutions of higher education listed below.  

The additional 19 credits that are guaranteed to transfer are unique to each transfer institution, so you need to decide on a transfer college or university to know what to take.  It is required that students working toward a degree contact an advising [at] arapahoe [dot] edu (advisor), 303.797.5664, or kathleen [dot] sutherland [at] arapahoe [dot] edu (Kathleen Sutherland), 303.797.5784, to ensure you choose the right courses for the college or university you transfer to. See course list for other 19 credits.