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The Associate of Arts (AA) degree program with Education emphasis is designed for transfer to a bachelor’s degree in Education. In addition to lower division introductory coursework in education, the 40-credit Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is completed within the degree to facilitate easy transfer. For assistance in program planning, or to explore additional transfer options, students should schedule a time to meet with an academic advisor. This degree may transfer in part or in its entirety to baccalaureate institutions. Students should meet with a representative of the transfer institution when planning their program.

Developmental Courses

Some students may need preparatory courses in the areas of English, mathematics, or reading. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward this degree.

  • By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning goals:

    1. Qualify for entrance to an upper-division university program in Education.
    2. Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to become a proficient and compassionate teaching professional.
    3. Competently participate in discourse regarding the cognitive, social, physical, & emotional stages of child and adolescent development and articulate how these factors influence teaching practices.
    4. Express a philosophy of education that values student diversity and distinguishes amongst the ways in which student learning occurs.
    5. Exhibit effective communication skills (verbal, nonverbal, written, and technologically driven mediums) that contribute to effective teaching practices.
    • A minimum of 60 semester credits in courses numbered 1000 or above.
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in courses numbered 1000 or above at ARCC.
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all MnTC courses.
    • Satisfy residency requirements.
    • Completion of specific degree requirements. Students may earn only one AA degree regardless of emphasis.
    • To receive your diploma, you must apply to graduate.
    • The requirements of this program are subject to change without notice.

    NOTE: You are encouraged to contact an academic advisor at 763-433-1230 for course planning assistance and information about transfer credit evaluation and transfer options.

  • 17 credits

    EDUC 2000 Foundations of Education 3
    EDUC 2030 Introduction to Special Education 3
    PSYC 1110 General Psychology 4
    PSYC 2235* Lifespan Development 4
    PSYC 2265* Educational Psychology 3
    *Course has prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.
  • 40 credits

    Distribution requirements are satisfied through completion of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) listed below. These criteria must be met to complete the MnTC:

    1. All ten goal areas listed below must be completed.
    2. A total of at least 40 semester credits from courses listed in the MnTC must be satisfactorily completed. One course may satisfy more than one goal area, but the course credits may be counted only once.
    3. A 2.0 MnTC GPA is required for recognition of a student’s completion of the entire Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, with or without completing an associate degree.
    4. Students completing the AA with Education Emphasis are required to complete the selected MnTC courses listed below.
     ART 1100 Introduction to Art 3
     BIOL 1103 Environmental Science Lecture 3
     BIOL 1133 Environmental Science Lab 1
     CMST 1110 Introduction to Communication  3
     CMST 2215 Public Speaking 3
     ENGL 1120* OR ENGL 1121* Crosscurrent College Writing and Critical Reading OR College Writing and Critical Reading 4
     ENGL 2209 Children’s Literature 3
     HIST 2211 US History I 4
     MATH 1120* Mathematics for Educational Arts 3
     MUSC 1104 Fundamentals of Music  3
      Physical Science elective 4
     SOC 1111 General Sociology 3
     SOC 2207 Sociology of Power  3
    *Course has prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.
  • 3 credits

    HPER 1102     Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco 3
  • *Some occupations may require advanced education

    • Academic Advisor
    • Athletic Director
    • College Professor
    • Community Education Instructor
    • Corporate Trainer
    • Early Education Teacher
    • Education Administrator
    • Education Program Director
    • Elementary Education Teacher
    • Guidance Counselor
    • Middle or High School Teacher
    • Special Educational Needs Teacher
    • Training and Development Manager
    • Tutor
    • Youth Worker

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