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Associate in Elementary Education

(DTA/MRP Transfer Degree)

This TCC degree is directly transferable to most Washington baccalaureate institutions. Students who complete the degree have the minimum preparation for consideration for admission to Washington State’s elementary education teacher preparation programs.

Students who complete the Associate in Elementary Education normally will be granted junior standing upon admission to four-year colleges and universities. However, some baccalaureate institutions and university departments have unique graduation requirements. Some institutions require foreign language for admission, which can be used to satisfy humanities or elective requirements for TCC’s Associate in Elementary Education degree.

Successful completion of courses for this degree does not guarantee admission to a university college of education. Additional criteria, such as grade point average, leadership activities, prior classroom experience, and community service, such as volunteer tutoring may also be used in making admission decisions.

Degree Completion Requirements:

  • 90 quarter credit hours in courses numbered 100 or above.
  • At least 30 applicable credits must be earned at Tacoma Community College.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all coursework applied to the degree, and a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all TCC college-level courses.
  • At least one course applied to the degree must be selected from the list of approved multicultural courses in the Approved Distribution Course List and in the Credit Course Descriptions.

Core Requirements

20 credits

  1. Written Communication Skills (10 credits)

ENGL& 101

English Composition I

ENGL& 102

Argument and Persuasion

or ENGL 103

College Composition: Writing about Literature

  1. Quantitative Skills (10 credits)

MATH& 131

Math for Elementary Education I

MATH& 132

Math for Elementary Education II

Distribution Requirements

50 credits

  1. Humanities (15 credits)

CMST& 220

Public Speaking

MUSC 120

Music in the Classroom

or MUSC 100

Fundamentals of Music

or MUSC& 105

Music Appreciation

ART 180

Art for Elementary Education

or ART& 100

Art Appreciation

  1. Social Sciences (20 credits)

Required (15 credits):

EDUC& 205

Introduction to Education
(with field experience)

Select U.S. History

Select World Civilization or non-Western History

Recommended (5 credits): Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology or additional History.

Note: WSU, CWU and SM require:

PSYC& 200

Lifespan Psychology

  1. Natural Sciences (15 credits)

Select Biology

Select Oceanography, GEOG 205, or GEOG 210

Select Chemistry or Physics

Course must include two laboratory sciences

Additional Requirements

20 credits

  1. Multicultural (5 credits)

EDUC 220

Diversity in Education

or SOC 262, ANTH& 206

  1. Physical Education (3 credits)

PE 295

PE for Elementary Teachers

or 3 PE activity credits

  1. Electives (12 credits)

Select additional content courses, such as, social sciences, humanities, sciences, or mathematics, in order to meet endorsement competencies and/or satisfy requirements for academic majors. Recommended:

ENGL 280

Children’s Literature


90 credits

DTA: Direct Transfer Agreement

MRP: Major Related Program

See Approved Distribution Course List.