UNM Los Alamos

AA Pre-Professional Elementary Education

AA Pre-Professional Elementary Education

About the Program

This degree program is designed for the student who is planning to transfer to a baccalaureate program upon completion. It is also designed to meet Level III/Paraprofessional licensure for educational assistants. It is the student’s responsibility to contact his/her education advisor at the 4-year institution of his or her choice before registering for courses in the degree program.

A minimum of 67 credit hours. At least 15 of these 67 hours must be UNM–LA catalog credit courses taken in residence. It is strongly recommended that the student check the specific requirements for the B.S. or B.A. he or she plans to pursue at the 4-year institution of their choice.

General Education Requirements

WRITING AND SPEAKING (12 CREDIT HOURS)

  • ENGL 110: Accelerated Composition (3)

or

  • ENGL 112: Composition II (3)

or

  • ENGL 113: Enhanced Composition (3)
  • ENGL 120: Composition III (3)

AND choose 2 courses from:

  • LING 101: Introduction to the Study of Language (3)
  • CJ 130: Public Speaking (3)
  • CJ 220: Communication for Teachers (3)

Maximum of one literature course (3) chosen from COMP 222, ENGL 107, ENGL 150, ENGL 211, ENGL 250, ENGL 264, ENGL 265, ENGL 292, ENGL 294, ENGL 295, ENGL 296, ENGL 297

MATHEMATICS (9 CREDIT HOURS)

Select this sequence of three courses for K-8 teachers:

  • MATH 111: Mathematics for Elementary/Middle School Teachers I (3)
  • MATH 112: Mathematics for Elementary/Middle School Teachers II (3)
  • MATH 215: Mathematics for Elementary/Middle School Teachers III (3) 

Or select three from the list below:

  • MATH 121: College Algebra (3)
  • MATH 123: Trigonometry (3)
  • MATH 150: Precalculus (3)
  • MATH 162: Calculus I (4) *
  • STAT 145: Introduction to Statistics (3)

*Note: Math 162 has a prerequisite of Math 150 and Math 123. 

PHYSICAL AND NATURAL SCIENCE (12 CREDIT HOURS)

Select this sequence of three NTSC courses for pre-service K-8 teachers only:

  • NTSC 261L: Physical Science (4)
  • NTSC 262L: Life Science (4)
  • NTSC 263L: Environmental Science (4)

Or, select three from this list below. Note: students may not earn credit for both BIOL 110/112L and BIOL 123/124L:

  • BIOL 110: Biology for Non-Majors (3) 

and 

  • BIOL 112L: Biology Lab for Non-Majors (1)

or

  • BIOL 123: Biology for Health Related Sciences and Non-Majors (3)

and 

  • BIOL 124L: Biology for Health Related Sciences and Non-Majors Lab (1)
  • ASTR 101: Introduction To Astronomy (3)

and 

  • ASTR 101L: Astronomy Laboratory (1)
  • ENVS 101: The Blue Planet (3)

and 

  • ENVS 102L: Blue Planet Lab (1)
  • CHEM 111L: Elements of General Chemistry including Lab (4)
  • EPS 101: How the Earth Works-An Introduction to Geology (3)

and 

  • EPS 105L: Physical Geology Lab (1)
  • PHYC 102: Introduction to Physics (3)

and 

  • PHYC 102L: Physics Laboratory (1)
  • GEOG 101: Physical Geography (3)

and 

  • GEOG 105L: Physical Geography Laboratory (1)

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (6 CREDIT HOURS)

Select from: 

ANTH 101, ANTH 130, ECON 105, ECON 106, GEOG 102, POLS 110, POLS 200, PSY 105, SOC 101.

HUMANITIES (12 CREDIT HOURS)

  • HIST 101: Western Civilization to 1648 (3)

or

  • HIST 102: Western Civilization Post 1648 (3)
  • HIST 161: History of the United States to 1877 (3)
  • HIST 162: History of the United States Post 1877 (3)
  • HIST 260: History of New Mexico (3)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

  • SPAN 101: Elementary Spanish I (3) (highly recommended.)

FINE ARTS (6 CREDIT HOURS)

Choose 2 courses from:

  • ARTE 214: Art in Elementary and Special Classrooms I (3)
  • MUSE 298: Music for the Elementary Teacher (3)
  • ARTH 101: Introduction to Art (3)
  • ARTH 201: History of Art I (3)
  • ARTH 202: History of Art II (3)
  • ARTH 251: Artistic Traditions of the Southwest (3)
  • MUS 139: Music Appreciation (3)
  • MUS 172: Jazz History (3)
  • THEA 105: Theatre Appreciation (3)
  • DANC 105: Dance Appreciation (3)

TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS 60 CREDIT HOURS

Technical Core Requirements

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY (4 CREDIT HOURS)

CT 102: Introduction to Microcomputers on the PC (4)

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (3 CREDITS)*

LLSS 183: Introduction to Education in New Mexico (3)

Note: Students planning to transfer to some New Mexico institutions will be required to take Field Experience (1) and Integrating Technology in the K-8 Classroom (2) with that institution either before or after transfer.

Note: For students transferring to UNM–Albuquerque, Physical Education courses will not count as transfer credit. Some New Mexico institutions require a 1 credit hour physical education course that can be transferred. Please consult with the institution of your choice on its requirements for a Bachelor Degree

Introductory Studies courses do not count toward fulfilling the requirements of this degree.

TOTAL TECHNICAL CORE REQUIREMENTS 7 CREDIT HOURS

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 67 CREDIT HOURS