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Elementary Teacher Education (AA)

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Colorado Mountain College offers students the opportunity to complete the AA-Elementary Teacher Education requirements and then continue with CMC to complete their BA: Education  degree.

Students can also opt to finish their last two years with another Colorado 4-year college of their choice. Upon completion of the last two years of the 4-year college’s Elementary Teacher Education program, students will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree and will be eligible for elementary education licensure.

Students must apply separately for co-admission into the 4-year college portion of their teacher education program at the end of their first year of study with Colorado Mountain College. At that time, the student will sign an agreement with both CMC and the other college outlining the final 19 credits that will be required to complete the AA portion of this degree.

This program requires close coordination between the student and the 4-year college where they plan to finish. Students in this program must decide which 4-year college they plan to continue with no later than the end of their first year at Colorado Mountain College. This allows the student both fall and spring semesters of their final year with CMC to complete the final 19 credits that are recommended by the 4-year college. Some of those classes recommended by the 4-year college may be offered only in the fall or only in the spring at Colorado Mountain College, which is why students need a full year to integrate those classes into their schedules! For more information on the additional 19 credits, please refer to the Electives section below.

The Associate of Arts in Elementary Teacher Education is available at Colorado Mountain College in Chaffee County at Buena Vista, Glenwood Springs, Leadville, Rifle, Steamboat Springs, and Vail Valley at Edwards. Not every course is offered on every campus, some campuses may require travel between sites or distance learning modalities to complete the degree. For more information, please see Academic Programs at Colorado Mountain College.

Learn more about the Elementary Teacher Education Program

A Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement Program

A statewide transfer articulation agreement identifies the community college courses students need to take in order to graduate from a community college with a 60-credit Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree with designation (DwD). Students are responsible for informing the admissions counselor or intake advisor at their receiving four-year institution that they are completing a DwD.

It is important for students to understand that completion of an AA or AS degree within two years requires them to complete 15 credits per semester (or 30 credits per year). Also, research shows that students who take classes in their major area within their first 30 credit hours are more likely to persist and graduate.

The guarantees and limitations below describe the minimum requirements to which all participating institutions have agreed.

General Education Requirements (32 credits)

Additional Required Courses (9 credits)

Electives (19 credits)

Please note: The 19 elective credits listed below are the required courses to continue into Colorado Mountain College’s Bachelor of Arts Education  degree. For information on the 19 credits required by other 4-year institutions, please use the following link as a guide and consult with your receiving institution: Elementary Education Articulation Agreement (page 6).

Total Credits Earned

General Education Requirements (32 credits)
Additional Required Courses (9 credits)
Electives determined by the receiving institution (19 credits)
Total for Associate of Arts: Elementary Teacher Education (60 credits)

Course availability and scheduling are subject to change without notice. Always consult your latest course bulletin and work closely with an advisor at both CMC and the 4-year college when scheduling classes.

Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement Guarantees & Limitations

The guarantees and limitations below describe the minimum requirements to which all participating institutions have agreed.

Students who believe an institution is not meeting the guarantees described below can file a complaint at


Students who complete a Degree with Distinction (DwD) pursuant to the prescribed curriculum in this statewide transfer articulation agreement and pass all 60 credits with a C- or higher and are admitted to the receiving institution’s corresponding degree program are guaranteed the following:

  • Junior standing with no more than 66 remaining credits to meet the graduation requirements for a baccalaureate degree in the degree program covered by this articulation agreement.
  • Completion of the receiving institution’s lower-division general education requirements as defined by the GT Pathways curriculum.
  • The same graduation requirements as students who begin and complete this degree program at the four-year institution.
  • Beginning fall 2019, admission to all Colorado public baccalaureate awarding institutions (except Colorado School of Mines) will be guaranteed to applicants who have completed any AA or AS degree from a Colorado public two-year institution, provided certain requirements are met. To see these requirements, please refer to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education’s Admissions Standards Policy (Effective for students seeking admission for fall 2019 and after), Section titled “Guaranteed Transfer Admissions” at Please note: Students transferring to a University of Colorado institution (Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver) must satisfy the CU System’s MAPS (Minimum Academic Preparation Standards) requirement.
  • Per the Commission’s Prior Learning Assessment policy, section 2.07 (see, and pursuant to Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement Elementary Education Licensure
    Revised: December 2018 Page 3 of 13 Colorado Revised Statutes §23-1-108 (7)(b)(II)(A), “a state institution of higher education that admits as a junior a student who holds an associate of arts degree, associate of applied science degree, or associate of science degree that is the subject of a statewide degree transfer agreement shall not require the student to complete any additional courses to fulfill general education requirements”, and that the receiving institution of higher education is responsible for the total cost of tuition “for any credit hours that exceed the total credit hours required for a native student or that extend the total time to receive the degree beyond that required for a native student”.
  • The Commission’s Prior Learning Assessment policy also states “every Colorado public institution of higher education shall accept in transfer from within the institution and from other state institutions of higher education prior learning assessment credit awarded for GT Pathways requirements” (section 3.01), and “Colorado public institutions of higher education shall not prohibit students from meeting general education/GT Pathways requirements with prior learning assessment credit” (section 3.02).


  • Until the Commission’s new Admissions Policy takes effect fall 2019, completion of the prescribed curriculum in this statewide transfer articulation agreement does not guarantee admission to a participating receiving institution. Students must meet all admission and application requirements at the receiving institution including the submission of all required documentation by stated deadlines.
  • Only course with grades of C- or higher are guaranteed to transfer.
  • Admission to a receiving institution does not guarantee enrollment in a specific degree program. Some programs at receiving institutions have controlled entry due either to space limitations or academic requirements.
  • The credit and course transfer guarantees described in this agreement apply to the specific degree program covered by this agreement. If the student changes majors, receiving institutions will evaluate application of the courses designated in this agreement to other degree programs on a course-by-course basis.
  • Students are allowed to use credits awarded by exam, such as AP (Advanced Placement), and IB (International Baccalaureate), as long as those exams are listed on the exam tables here:, or may use challenge exams to fulfill GT Pathways requirements (not necessarily major requirements) and those credits are guaranteed to transfer and apply to GT Pathways requirements at the receiving institution per the Colorado Commission on Higher Education’s Policy I, X: Prior Learning Assessment. See the entire policy for more information:
  • The receiving institution shall accept all applicable credits earned within ten years of transfer to the receiving institution. Credits earned more than ten years earlier will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.
  • All the courses a student needs to take in the associate degree program covered by this statewide transfer articulation agreement are listed in the prescribed curriculum. Course substitutions are allowed as long as the student and sending and receiving institutions agree to the substitution; such agreement should be documented in writing and the student should keep a copy until the baccalaureate degree is conferred. Note that if students substitute a course, then this is no longer a statewide agreement and some of the guarantees are only for the receiving institution that agreed to the substitution. Any additional courses taken in the discipline covered by this agreement might not count toward the requirements of the major at the receiving institution. Students can avoid this problem by either taking no more courses in the discipline than the ones identified in the prescribed curriculum or by consulting first with the receiving institution to assure that any additional courses they take in the discipline will count toward the major.

Because of the limitations above, students must consult with the Office of Admissions at the institution to which they are transferring.

Articulation Agreement Addendum

Students who do not complete an AA/AS degree can use the prescribed curriculum in a statewide transfer articulation agreement as a common advising guide for transfer to all public institutions that offer the designated baccalaureate degree program.

Please note the following:

  • Students are guaranteed application of general education courses completed with a C- or higher in the prescribed curriculum in this agreement up to the established maximum in each GT Pathways content area.
  • Except in special cases (e.g., the partial completion of a required sequence of courses or variation in the number of credit hours institutions award for course equivalents), students can expect that courses specified within the prescribed curriculum in this agreement, successfully completed with a C- or higher, will fulfill the relevant course requirements in the designated major.
  • Receiving institutions will evaluate all courses other than those specified in this agreement on a course-by-course basis.

Students transferring without a completed AA/AS degree must consult with the Office of Admissions at the institution to which they are transferring to review the issues identified above and to make sure they meet all admission and application requirements at the receiving institution, including the submission of all required documentation by stated deadlines.

This agreement will remain in force until such time as it is formally modified or terminated.


◆ State Guaranteed Transfer Course

✽ Applies to CMC AA/AS/AGS Degrees

Not all programs/courses are available at every campus and may require travel to another campus or access via distance learning (IVS, hybrid, or online).

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