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Associate in Arts

Elementary Education Transfer Compact

Students must graduate with a minimum 2.75 GPA and attain a passing score on the Communication and Literacy skills (CLST) portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Education Licensure (MTEL) to be accepted directly into an education program. If students do not meet the criteria above, they may be admitted to the required academic (second) major on initial acceptance to the bachelor's institution. Elementary Education students must pass two additional MTEL tests: General Curriculum and Foundations of Reading before beginning their education coursework at the bachelor's level.

For students planning to teach in Massachusetts public schools, please refer to the Education Licensure Requirements. Refer to information regarding Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI).

Students who are matriculated and place into developmental math and/or English are required to begin the course sequence in the first semester. Please see an advisor with questions.

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First SemesterCredits
ENL101 English Composition I 3
COM103   Human Communication 3
EDU101 Foundations of Education 3
PSY101 General Psychology 3
    Behavioral & Social Sciences* 3
Second SemesterCredits
ENL102   English Composition II 3
PSY201   Child Psychology 3
HIS103   U.S. History to 1865 3
ENL120    Introduction to Children's Literature 3
    Elective 3
Third SemesterCredits
    Behavioral & Social Sciences* 3
    Natural or Physical Science (Biological)** 4
MAT120 Math for Elementary/Early Childhood Educators I 3
    Concentration Elective 1
    Concentration Elective 3
Fourth SemesterCredits
MAT121   Math for Elementary/Early Childhood Educators II 3
    Natural or Physical Science (Physical)** 4
    Humanities & Fine Arts (Literature)*** 3
    Concentration Elective 3
    Concentration Elective 3
Total Credits 60

Capitol letter M to designate a milestone course Designates a Milestone course. A milestone course must be completed in the semester indicated to ensure that you remain on track to continue on in your program and graduate on time.

*Behavioral & Social Sciences

  • GEO104 Geography: Culture & Environment
  • GOV111 American Government
  • HIS119 World History I

**Natural or Physical Science

A Biological Science is any 4-credit course from the Natural Science or Physical Science general education list (with a lab) with the prefix BIO, ENV, or HOR; all other 4-credit Natural Science or Physical Science courses (with a lab) are considered Physical Sciences.

***Humanities & Fine Arts

  • ENL201 World Literature I: Early World Literature
  • ENL202 World Literature II: Literature from the Enlightenment to the Present
  • ENL203 British Literature I: Medieval Period through the Enlightenment
  • ENL204 British Literature II: From the Romantic Age to the Present
  • ENL205 American Literature to 1890: The Emergence of American Literature
  • ENL206 American Literature since 1890: Defining the American Identity

Note: The Associate in Arts degree does not indicate a specialized degree in a concentration. Students who complete this concentration will satisfy the requirements of MassTransfer. For additional information pertaining to degree requirements, please refer to Degree Requirements.

Please refer to the policy statement of Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks.

Choose courses from these disciplines: ART, BIO, CHM, COM, ENL, FRN, GER, GOV, HIS, MAT, MUS, PHY, PSY, SOC, SPN. All concentration electives should be taken in the same discipline.

To ensure maximum transferability into an Elementary Education program, concentration electives should be chosen based on where you would like to transfer. These courses fulfill requirements for the academic (second) major required for Elementary Education. The Elementary Education curriculum through the bachelor's degree has very few open electives so making course choices outlined here, and in consultation with a bachelor's institution curriculum, insures that most students will meet the required bachelor's coursework in 120 credits.

Students completing a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education receive initial licensure to teach and are ready to enter the teaching profession. Students are eligible to teach in public and private schools in grades 1–6. Students must obtain a master's degree to receive professional licensure.

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Wendy Hammond, Administrative Assistant
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Phone 774.330.4361