Bakersfield College

Child Development

Elementary Teacher Education

Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer degree is designed to prepare students for transfer to a California State University traditional or integrated teacher preparation program. The Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer degree incorporates the elementary subject matter competence requirements as established by the California Teacher Credentialing Commission and prepares students for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) Multiple Subjects exam. Additionally, the degree may also serve as preparation for paraprofessional positions in the K-12 classroom, meeting unit requirements for paraprofessionals as established by the No Child Left Behind Act.

Requirements for AA-T or AS-T degrees:

The completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:

  • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University – Breadth Requirements.
  • A minimum of 18 semester units in a major area of emphasis, as determined by the district.
  • The obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  • The completion of all courses required for the major with a ‘C’ or better. A ‘P’ (Pass) grade is not acceptable for courses in the major.
  • Program Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

    • evaluate elements of diversity and diverse learning styles in student populations.
    • analyze how teachers and schools can promote learning for all students.
    • demonstrate proficiency in 14 content areas required for subject matter competency for elementary teachers.

    Total Units: 60

    Required Courses

    Course # Name Units
    BIOL B11 Concepts of Biology 4.0
    CHDV B21 Child Growth and Development: Birth through Adolescence 3.0
    COMM B1 Public Speaking 3.0
    EDUC B24 Early Field Experience for Elementary Teachers 3.0
    ENGL B1A Expository Composition 3.0
    ENGL B1B Introduction to Types of Literature 3.0
    ERSC B10 Introduction to Earth Science 3.0
    ERSC B10L Earth Science Laboratory 1.0
    GEOG B5 World Regional Geography 3.0
    HIST B1 World History from the Origins of Civilizations to 1600 3.0
    HIST B17A History of the United States 3.0
    MATH B4A Mathematics for Elementary School Teaching 4.0
    PHSC B12 Physical Science 4.0
    POLS B1 American Government: National, State and Local 3.0
    List A (select 4 units from the following)
    ENGL B3 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking Through Literature 4.0
    PHIL B9 Critical Thinking and Advanced Composition 3.0
    List B (select 3 units from the following)
    ART B1 Art Appreciation 3.0
    MUSC B22 Music Appreciation 3.0
    THEA B20 Introduction to Theatre 3.0
    List C (select 3 units from the following)
    COMP B2 Introduction to Computer Information Systems 3.0
    HIST B18 History of California 3.0


    Units in Major 52.0–53.0
    Degree Total 60.0
Kern Community College District