Elementary Education (AAELEM)

Associate in Arts

This associate degree program prepares students to transfer into an elementary education program at a 4-year college or university. The first 2 years of instruction in a bachelor's degree program in elementary education is covered. The program includes the general education courses used for most elementary education programs in Michigan, that prepare students for the state-mandated basic skills tests.

Details of skills students will learn for Elementary Education (AAELEM) include:

  • Teaching early and intermediate reading
  • Developing math, science, art, and music curriculum
  • Human development and cognition
  • Practices for children with exceptionalities
  • Classroom management and organization
  • Diverse family systems and parent relationships
  • Appropriate practices for children
  • Instructional media and technology
  • Consulting and collaborating
  • Lesson plan development
  • Instructional methods
  • Monitoring and assessment
  • Leadership and supervision
  • Active listening
  • Time management
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking and problem solving

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2017-18 | 2018-19 | 2019-20

2019-2020 Academic Requirements

This program prepares students to transfer into an elementary education program at a four-year college or university. The first two years of instruction in a bachelor's degree program in elementary education is covered. The program includes the general education courses used for most elementary education programs in Michigan, that prepare students for the state-mandated basic skills tests. Requirements may vary among colleges so students should obtain the current curriculum from the college to which they are transferring and talk to an undergraduate advisor early in their studies. Curriculum and admission requirements are available on most colleges' Web sites.

Ferris State University, BS degree;
Eastern Michigan University, BS degree.

This program meets MTA. Students must have their transcripts certified for MTA completion by the WCC Student Records Office.

Copies can be obtained from the Counseling Office, a program advisor, or from the Curriculum and Assessment Office Web site: Articulation Agreements.

Students must have an Academic Math Level of 3 to enroll in MTH 148. At least two years of high school algebra is recommended.

Admission requirements for bachelor's degree teacher education programs may vary among colleges. Most require a minimum grade point average of 2.0 for courses to transfer as well as a minimum of 56 to 60 college credits completed and successful completion of the state-mandated basic skills test before applying for admission to the program.

Division
Humanities, Social & Behav Sci
Department
Behavioral Sciences Department
Advisors
Cassandra George-Sturges

Requirements

(Items marked with an icon online icon are available online.)
First Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
ENG 111   Composition I 4
GEO 101   World Regional Geography 3
MTH 148   Functional Math for Elementary Teachers I 4
PLS 112   Introduction to American Government 3
Total 14
Second Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
Elective(s)   Writing/Composition or Communication 3
GLG 202   Earth Science for Elementary Teachers 4
MTH 149   Functional Math for Elementary Teachers II 4
PSY 100   Introduction to Psychology 3
    Complete one course from the following: ENG 181, ENG 214 or ENG 242 3
Total 17
Third Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
ENG 240   Children's Literature 3
PSY 251   Education of Exceptional Children 3
Elective(s)   Arts and Humanities 2 Not ENG 3
    Complete a minimum of 6 credits in your major or minor area (e.g. language arts, math, science, social studies, etc.) * 6
Total 15
Fourth Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
HST 201   United States History to 1877 3
Elective(s)   Math 3
PHY 100   Physics for Elementary Teachers 4
PSY 220   Human Development and Learning 4
Total 14
Total Credits Required
60

Footnotes:

*See an advisor to select courses that will meet the requirements of the college to which you are transferring.v