Associate of Science - Integrated Elementary Education with Specializations Emphasis

Location: SIER 202
Phone: 775-673-7185
Fax: 775-673-7221

The Associate of Science degree in elementary education is designed for students seeking careers in elementary education. The degree requirements include a well-balanced general education curriculum. Specific curriculum provides students with educational theory and practical field work in the elementary education school setting. This course of study is designated as a university transfer program that substantially meets the requirements for the first two years of study for the B.S. in elementary majors at UNR. Also, please note: Any concerns or questions of requirements when entering a teaching certification program need to be addressed by advisors at any university of interest.

For transfer into UNR, elementary education has emphasis embedded into three areas of focus: early childhood (ECE), special education (sp.ed), or English language learners (ELL).

Emphasis Outcomes

Students completing the emphasis will:

  • Demonstrate the scope of knowledge and skills based on the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards and Five Domains of Professional Competence.

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.  

To earn an AA/AS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AA/AS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Must include ENG 102 or ENG 114 1
Fine Arts3
Pre-Calculus I (or higher)
GEOL 100Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Natural Disasters3
or GEOL 101 Geology: Exploring Planet Earth
or GEOG 103
GEOG 104
Physical Geography of Earth's Environment
and Physical Geography Lab
CHEM 100Molecules and Life in the Modern World3
or CHEM 121 General Chemistry I
Lab Required
Social Science3
Introduction to Cultural Geography
Additional College Requirements
Diversity 2[3]
Introduction to Special Education
Science courses fulfilling the 6 units include the following choices:
Select one of the following:
Introductory Physics
General Physics I
Select one of the following:
General Biology for Non-Majors
Biology for Elementary/Middle Level Education (recommended at UNR)
Introduction to Organismal Biology
and Intro to Organismal Biology Lab
Introduction to Environmental Science
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Degree Requirements
EDU 110Society and Education3
EDU 201Introduction to Elementary Education3
EDU 203Introduction to Special Education3
EDU 207Exploration of Children's Literature3
EDU 210Nevada School Law3
EDU 214Preparing Teachers to Use Technology3
MATH 122Number Concepts for Elementary School Teachers3
MATH 123Statistical & Geometrical Concepts for Elementary School Teachers3
Specialization requirements for elementary education emphasis - Select one area:0-3
Early Childhood Specialization
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
Special Education Specialization
Students with Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds
English Language Learners
Introduction to Language 2
Introduction to Language and Literary Expression
Total Units60

If you place into ENG 102 or ENG 114 the additional 3 required units will become elective units.


Course may also count toward additional emphasis requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.


Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
EDU 110 Society and Education 3
EDU 201 Introduction to Elementary Education 3
EDU 203 Introduction to Special Education 3
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition I for International Students
MATH 126 Pre-Calculus I 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
EDU 210 Nevada School Law 3
ENG 102
Composition II
or Composition II For International Students
Humanities 3 3
MATH 122 Number Concepts for Elementary School Teachers 3
PHYS 100
Introductory Physics
or General Physics I
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
EDU 207 Exploration of Children's Literature 3
MATH 123 Statistical & Geometrical Concepts for Elementary School Teachers 3
Science 4 3
Specialization: Select course from the specialization requirements list 4 3
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 3 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
Additional degree requirements (Science) 4 3
EDU 214 Preparing Teachers to Use Technology 3
Fine Arts 3 3
GEOG 106 Introduction to Cultural Geography 3
Science 4 3
 Semester Total15
 Total Units60

See approved General Education list for the AA/AS Degree. 


 See program recommendations or requirements.