Education, AA

Elementary Education Teacher Preparation

The Associate of Arts, Elementary Education Teacher Preparation is designed for students seeking careers in elementary education. The degree requirements include a well-balanced general education curriculum. The 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 fully meets the requirements for the first two years of Elementary Education and Special Education majors at Nevada State College and substantially meets the requirements for the first two years of study for the Elementary Education majors at UNR. 

For transfer into UNR, elementary education has emphases embedded into three areas of focus: Early Childhood Education, Special Education, or English Language Acquisition and Development, and students should choose emphasis courses that meet the requirements for their program of choice. 

For transfer to NSC students should choose emphasis requirements that are a part of the two plus two transfer agreement between TMCC and NSC for either Elementary Education or Special Education.

All students should work with an academic advisor to ensure they are choosing the appropriate emphasis requirements for the school they plan to transfer to. Please note: any concerns or questions regarding upper division requirements when entering a teaching certification program need to be addressed by advisors at the university of interest.

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.

The INTASC standards are:
  1. The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and the structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.
  2. The teacher understands how children learn and develop, and can provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social, and personal development.
  3. The teacher understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.
  4. The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students' development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
  5. The teacher uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning and self-motivation.
  6. The teacher uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
  7. The teacher plans instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, the community, and curriculum goals.
  8. The teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social and physical development of the learner.
  9. The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.
  10. The teacher fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support students' learning and well-being.

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
English 13-6
Composition I
Composition I for International Students
Composition II
Composition II For International Students
Fine Arts3
Humanities3
Mathematics 23
Important: MATH 120 or higher required for transfer to NSC, MATH 126 or higher required for transfer to UNR
Recommended:
Pre-Calculus I (or higher)
Science6
Required:
Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Natural Disasters
Physical Geography of Earth's Environment
and Physical Geography Lab
Molecules and Life in the Modern World
Introductory Physics
Lab Required
Social Science 33
Additional College Requirements
Diversity 4
Required:
EDU 203Introduction to Special Education[3]
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Degree Requirements
EDU 201Introduction to Elementary Education3
EDU 203Introduction to Special Education3
EDU 207Exploration of Children's Literature3
MATH 122Number Concepts for Elementary School Teachers3
MATH 123Statistical & Geometrical Concepts for Elementary School Teachers3
Emphasis Requirements 518-21
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
Society and Education
Early Foundations in Mathematics
Classroom Learning Environments
Students with Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds
Nevada School Law
Preparing Teachers to Use Technology
Introduction to Language
Introduction to Environmental Science
Lifespan Human Development
Child Psychology
Total Units60
1

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

2

 MATH 120 or higher required for transfer to NSC, MATH 126 or higher required for transfer to UNR

3

 GEOG 106 required for students transferring to UNR

4

Course also counts toward degree requirements.

5

 Students should choose specific emphasis courses based on requirements of transfer agreements for the school of choice. Please consult with Academic Advising. 

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ENG 101
Composition I 1
or Composition I for International Students
3
MATH 126 Pre-Calculus I 2 3
Fine Arts 6 3
Social Science 3 3
Emphasis Requirement 5 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
ENG 102
Composition II
or Composition II For International Students
3
GEOL 100
Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Natural Disasters
or Physical Geography of Earth's Environment and Physical Geography Lab
3
Humanities 6 3
EDU 201 Introduction to Elementary Education 3
U.S. and Nevada Constitution 6 3
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
EDU 203 Introduction to Special Education 3
CHEM 100
Molecules and Life in the Modern World
or General Chemistry I
3
Emphasis Requirement 5 3
EDU 207 Exploration of Children's Literature 3
MATH 122 Number Concepts for Elementary School Teachers 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
MATH 123 Statistical & Geometrical Concepts for Elementary School Teachers 3
Emphasis Requirement 5 3
Emphasis Requirement 5 3
Emphasis Requirement 5 3
Emphasis Requirement 5 3
 Semester Total15
 Total Units60
6

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