Education Department

The Education department prepares students for a diverse range of teaching opportunities at a variety of levels. The program provides support for those just entering the field as well as to those who are already working in the classroom and community. Courses in this department may meet the early fieldwork and coursework requirements of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Department Information
Phone: (949) 582-4208
sceducation@saddleback.edu

Faculty

Christina Smith View profile information for Staff Member Faculty Website
Department Chair
Office BGS 103
(949) 582-4208

Earn your AA-T in Elementary Teacher Education

For required coursework to earn, please open this attachment:  AA-T in Elementary Teacher Education.

What is an AA-T?

The CSU Degree with a Guarantee was designed to make it easier for students to transfer between the California Community College (CCC) and the California State University (CSU) systems. California community college students who complete an Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degree are guaranteed admission to a campus within the CSU system.

The Degree with a Guarantee Program guarantees admission to a CSU campus; however, it does not guarantee admission to a specific campus and is not available for all majors. Through this program, students who complete an AA-T or AS-T degree will be given a GPA advantage when applying to CSU impacted campuses or majors. 

In addition, students with an AA-T or AS-T enter the CSU as a junior; if they are accepted to and remain in their similar major they will need only 60 semester units (or 90 quarter units) at their CSU campus to complete a bachelor's degree.
For more information visit  http://www.adegreewithaguarantee.com/

 

Do you want to be an Elementary or Secondary Teacher?

If you are interested in becoming an Elementary or Secondary School Teacher

EDUC 41 (Formerly EDUC 115)-Secondary School Teaching (4units)
This course provides an overview of the teaching profession for students who are considering a career in secondary education. 40 hours of fieldwork will be required.

EDUC 90- Intro to Elementary Education (3 units)
Introduces concepts and issues related to teaching diverse learners in today's contemporary schools, Kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12). In addition to class time, the course requires 45 hours of structured fieldwork in approved public school classrooms.

EDUC 118- Exceptional Children (3 units)
An introduction to special education for K-12 students. Offers a survey and study of various characteristics of exceptional children. The primary focus will be on the categories of children with disabilities, but will include children at risk, and children from culturally diverse backgrounds.

EDUC 131- Educational Psychology (3 units)
Focuses on the basic principles of psychology that are pertinent to education, including abilities, intelligence, social and emotional factors and principles of learning.

Visit Teach California, to learn the different pathways to become a teacher. This website is administered by the California Department of Education.

 

The schedule below is typically when courses are offered.

Course ID

Title of Course

Units

Fall semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Educ 41

Secondary School  Teaching

4 units

On campus

Online

Not offered

Educ 90

Intro to Elementary Education*

3 units

Online

On campus

Not offered

Educ 118

Exceptional Children

3 units

Online

Online

Online

Educ 131

Educational Psychology

3 units

On campus

Online

Online

*Educ 90 is a course requiremnt to earn the AA-T. 

To earn a Multiple Subjects (Elementary) or Single Subjects (Middle or High School) Credential you must attend a 4 year university.

It is recommended you visit the Transfer Center for information on how to transfer to a 4 year university. 

www.saddleback.edu/transfer
949-582-4328
 

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