Elementary Teacher Education

Why PCC?

Completing your Associate of Arts degree in Elementary Teacher Education at PCC will allow you to take the same entry-level courses you’d study at a university. You’ll save thousands of dollars and enjoy the benefits of smaller class sizes and personalized attention from your instructors. When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to transfer as a junior to one of the following four-year schools in Colorado to complete your bachelor’s degree in these areas:

  • Adams State University (BA, Interdisciplinary Studies)
  • Colorado Mesa University (BA, Liberal Arts)
  • Colorado Mountain College (BA, Interdisciplinary Studies)
  • Colorado State University Pueblo (Bachelor of Science, Liberal Studies)
  • Fort Lewis College (BA, Elementary Education)
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver (BA, Human Development or Elementary Education)
  • University of Colorado-Boulder (Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education)
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (BA, Inclusive Elementary Education)
  • University of Colorado-Denver (BA, Elementary Education emphasis or Education and Human Development – Elementary Education)
  • University of Northern Colorado (BA, Elementary Education)
  • Western State Colorado University (BA, Elementary Education, CLD emphasis)

What will I learn?

This program will introduce you to the field of education. Your courses will include General Education requirements common to all Colorado two- and four-year institutions. They also meet appropriate Colorado Model Content standards for elementary education. When you earn the Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Elementary* Education, you will be ready to apply for admission as a junior to a four-year institution’s teacher education program.  

If you are interested in majoring in education, you will need to identify the four-year college/university to which you plan to transfer. Each individual institution requires different curriculum electives for graduation.

Before taking classes, students must meet with PCC’s teacher education faculty advisor to plan a course of study and examine the list of approved credits for each four-year institution in Colorado.

Emphasis in elementary education (grades K-6)
Students who wish to teach grades K through 6 may pursue an Associate of Arts degree with Elementary* Education emphasis.

Emphasis in secondary education (grades 7-12)
If you wish to teach grades 7 through 12, you should identify the four-year college or university to which you intend to transfer and the appropriate curriculum for that school. You may pursue an Associate of Arts degree with secondary education emphasis in one of the following licensure areas: English, Math, Science, Social Science (History/Political Science) or Spanish.

Emphasis in K-12 education
If you wish to teach in the K-12 content areas of art, music or physical education, you should pursue an Associate of Arts degree at PCC. Your advisor will help you select the electives that will be required for your bachelor’s degree.

*There are no current statewide articulation agreements in secondary or K-12 education, but students can still effectively pursue these options at PCC.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

The licensure requirements for the Elementary Teacher Education program may differ between all 50 states and U.S. territories.  

Pueblo Community College (PCC) recommends each student visit Education Commission of the States page to identify the program requirements for each state in which you plan to live and practice.  

PCC can only guarantee that the requirements for the state of Colorado are met with our program. The program does not meet requirements in other states. 
Colorado Department of Education

PCC has not determined if the Elementary Teacher Education program meets applicable state requirements for the following states and territories: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Degree requirements

Total credits: 60

General education core requirements – 32 credits
Education requirements – 9 credits
Other required courses – 19 credits

Elementary Teacher Education, AA (with Transfer Articulation Agreement)

Award/Program Credits
60

Program Information

Location
Pueblo Campus
Fremont Campus
Southwest
Online
Pathway
Education
Awards
AA
Course Availability
Day
Evening
Online
Program Start
Every Semester
Program Length
4 Semesters

Contact

Jeffrey Kenney
719-549-3253
Jeffrey.Kenney@pueblocc.edu