Javascript is currently not supported, or is disabled by this browser. Please enable Javascript for full functionality.

    Jun 18, 2024  
2019-20 RACC Student Catalog 
2019-20 RACC Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary Education (Grades 4-8), AA (Program may be completed online)

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs of Study

Social Sciences/Human Services Division

This program is designed to prepare the student to enter a baccalaureate program in Elementary Education/Secondary Education on the junior level. Most four-year education programs require that students be accepted for candidacy before they take any courses in the education department. The requirement for candidacy is approximately 45-48 credits. It is the responsibility of students to check with the receiving (transfer) institution and with their faculty advisor to identify the requirements for the receiving institution.

Most institutions, however, have similar requirements. In order to be eligible for candidacy most schools require the following:

  • A grade of “C” or better in the following general education requirements:

Students must pass the PAPA exam ( Additionally, students must earn a minimum GPA (grade point average) of 3.0. These requirements should be completed as close as possible to the minimum 45 credits so that when students apply for candidacy at their receiving institution, they will be accepted immediately and will be eligible to register for the school’s education courses.

Early Childhood Teaching (PreK-Grade 4)

If you are pursuing a career in teaching grades K-3, refer to the Early Childhood Teaching (PreK-Grade 4), AAS  curriculum.

Elementary Education (Grades 4-8)

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the multidimensional aspects of classroom teaching in public and private school systems.
  • Analyze and relate historical, social, economic and philosophic bases for current practice and trends in education.
  • Cite Pennsylvania teaching certification requirements for chosen areas of certification.
  • Use Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards for beginning teachers to begin to develop a standards-based portfolio.
  • Apply knowledge of the teaching/learning process.
  • Evaluate the influences of cultural diversity on teachers, students and school systems.
  • Analyze the impact of a variety of learning styles for teachers, students and school systems.
  • Describe the impact of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for teachers, students, parents and school systems.
  • Apply knowledge of child development including meeting the unique needs of students in planning for instruction.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills in group and individual situations.
  • Transfer to an accredited college or university in education.

Required Program of Study

Suggested Electives (8 Credit Hours)

Courses selected as electives will depend upon the institution to which you will transfer. It is essential that you consult with a Faculty Advisor for assistance in selecting elective courses. However, it is the responsibility of students to meet with an admissions representative from the four-year institution to determine its transfer policies.


* A minimum of 15 ECE credits are needed if students are seeking work in child care centers licensed by the Department of Public Welfare. Students who are planning to transfer to a dual certification in Early Childhood/Elementary Education should consult with the institution to which they will transfer.

Total Credits=60

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs of Study