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Teaching in Elementary Education

Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (LASDTAA)

This pathway meets requirements for the Associate of Arts-Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) degree with a concentration in Teaching in Elementary Education. Completion of this degree opens doors to a variety of careers in para education, special education, English Language Learning, and classroom teaching. It also allows you ...

This pathway meets requirements for the Associate of Arts-Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) degree with a concentration in Teaching in Elementary Education. Completion of this degree opens doors to a variety of careers in para education, special education, English Language Learning, and classroom teaching. It also allows you to transfer into an Education major at a four-year college or university. Students in this pathway should set up a volunteer experience at least three hours per week in an early childhood education classroom or other related educational experience unless they are already working in the field.

Students in this pathway develop skills in child development theory, clarification and application of early care and education strategies, social and political context of education, anti-bias and anti-racist education, oral and written communication, critical thinking and problem solving, systems analysis, collaboration, leadership, and intercultural fluency. 

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Units
Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (LASDTAA) Full time : 7 90

You may need more or fewer units depending on your transferred credits, individual situation, and goals.

Sample Schedule and Quarterly To-Do List

90 Units

A sample schedule and quarterly to-do list are below. The schedule and to-do list will help you explore courses and complete tasks on time. The guide assumes a fall quarter start, but you can begin in any quarter.

See an advisor to create a personalized educational plan by the end of your second quarter. Your plan will include prerequisites, graduation requirements, and transfer preparation if you plan to transfer to another college or university to earn a bachelor's degree.

Apply and register at North Seattle College anytime (the application is always free). Once you become a student, register for classes using the online class schedule and go to the academic calendar for registration dates and tuition deadlines.

Note about the sample schedule: Courses are offered in various formats and may not be offered each quarter. Click the button with arrows throughout the map to expand the section and view detailed information.

Before Quarter One

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Quarter 1
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Schedule an appointment with your assigned advisor in Starfish to meet and discuss your goals.
  • Come to the Library to get help with research; check out resources; access computers and study space; and create media projects.
  • Visit the Student Learning Center to learn about tutoring services offered in-person and online.
  • Check out campus life: Student Clubs and Affinity Groups, TRIO, Equity & Welcome Center, Wellness Center, etc.
  • Talk with your instructor for ideas or recommendations on an early childhood education classroom or other related educational experience unless you are working or volunteering in the field.
  • Review Early Childhood Education Canvas shell for resources and job opportunities.
Integrated Studies: ENGL&101
English Composition I
5 units
Integrated Studies: ENGL265
Technical Writing
5 units
ECED&105 or EDUC&115
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 2
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List

 

ENGL&102
Composition II
5 units
ECED&107
Health Safety Nutrition
5 units
MATH&107 or MATH&146
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 3
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
CHEM&110
Chemical Concepts W-Lab
5 units
ECED&120 or ECED&180
Choose a course
variable units
EDUC&130
Guiding Behavior
3 units
HIST&147 or HIST&148
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 4
To-Do List
3 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Update your educational plan and confirm your program of study with your assigned advisor.
  • Visit potentials colleges and universities and determine application deadlines.
EDUC&203 or CCE240 or Elective
Choose a course
3 units
Quarter 5
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Update your educational plan with your assigned advisor.
  • Attend campus lectures and forums from the Early Childhood Education department (refer to department Canvas shell or Early Childhood Education advisors) and the Arts, Humanities and Social Science division.
  • Contact Education department at potential universities.
  • Attend transfer workshops and a transfer fair.
  • Review Early Childhood Education Canvas shell for resources and job opportunities.
  • Write your personal statement for university applications.
World Language I or Visual, Literary and Perf Arts
Choose a course
5 units
BIOL125 or BIOL&100
Choose a course
5 units
PSYC&100
General Psychology
5 units
Quarter 6
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Apply for the AA-DTA degree in ctcLink. Check with your assigned advisor to be sure you are meeting degree requirements.
  • Apply for financial aid for the upcoming academic year in Winter or Spring quarter to maximize your funding options.
  • Apply to universities or colleges and scholarships.
  • Explore possible Education internships.
World Language II or ENGL231
Choose a course
5 units
ENVS&100 or ENVS&101
Choose a course
5 units
ECON&202 or POLS&202
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 7
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Check in with university for transfer plan,
  • Order cap and gown and join alumni association.
  • Attend on-campus graduation fair and commencement ceremony.
World Language III or PSYC&200 or AME201
Choose a course
5 units
HUM105 or CMST&220 or another Communications class
Choose a course
5 units
ART201 or ART211 or another Studio Art class
Choose a course
5 units

More Information

A Teaching in Elementary Education pathway can lead to various career opportunities. Examples include: 

  • Entry level Teacher in Early Learning Setting
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • Paraeducator
  • Professional Development Coordinator
  • Family Support Specialist
  • Before and After School care

A Bachelor’s degree or higher may be required for some careers listed above. 

After earning a Bachelor's degree or higher:

  • Teacher in Elementary Education
  • Licensor
  • Community Advocate
  • Youth Worker
  • Care Manager (in a Social Services Organization)
  • Educator (in a Nonprofit or Community-based Organization)
  • Assistant Director/Director in Early Childhood Education

For current employment and wage estimates, please visit https://www.bls.gov/oes/.  

Once you complete this associates degree, additional education opportunities include, but are not limited to: 

  • A Bachelor degree in Education or a related field.
  • A Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree at one of the Seattle Colleges such as Early Childhood Education at North Seattle College.

North Seattle College has direct transfer agreements with four-year institutions throughout Washington state, including the University of Washington, Washington State University, and Seattle University. Graduates from North have also transferred to out-of-state institutions.

Program and admission requirements vary from college-to-college. Contact an advisor to create an educational plan tailored to transfer to the institution of your choice.

  • No more than 15 Early Childhood Education units may be applied to this degree. If you are interested in taking additional Early Childhood Education courses or pursuing an Early Childhood Education degree, please see financial aid about your funding options. Consult with your North assigned advisor and transfer institution to determine which courses to take.

Financial Aid and Funding Resources

It's time to apply for Financial Aid for next year by completing
either the FAFSA or the WASFA 2022-23.

Need help paying for college?

To apply for financial aid, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back, visit North's Financial Aid Department for details. Part-time and full-time students can qualify for financial aid funds.

Area of Study

Education and Human Services

Advising Contact

Contact the Education and Human Services Area of Study advisor

206-934-3658.