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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, Biology, English Literature, Geography and Environmental Studies, History, or Spanish)
  • 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.

Degree requirements

Total credits: 60

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

Program Information

Pueblo Campus
Fremont Campus
Course Availability
Program Start
Every Semester
Program Length
4 Semesters


Jeffrey Kenney