Associate in Arts in Teacher Education

Students who anticipate transferring to one of New Mexico’s public universities and majoring in education should follow this module of lower-division courses. Regardless of course equivalences for transfer credit, students must complete the minimum number of upper-division credit hours required at the receiving institution. Students who successfully complete this preparatory curriculum for teacher education are strongly advised to take the New Mexico Teacher Assessment of Basic Skills and General Knowledge before transferring to a university. Admission to most teacher education programs requires successful completion of the Basic Skills portion of the NMTA.


Prior to transferring into the selected specialization at the university level, students are required to complete a minimum of 63 credit hours in the A.A. degree. It is recommended that students consult SFCC advisers to assess and determine SFCC course prerequisite requirements. Students must work closely with their transfer institutions and their SFCC advisers to ensure the best transition to four-year schools.

Class Requirements


Communications (9 hrs.)

ENGL 111         Composition and Rhetoric (3)

ENGL 112         Composition and Literature (3)

Any SPCH course (3)

Mathematics (7 hrs.)

MATH 111       Math for Elementary School
Teachers I (3)


MATH 112       Math for Elementary School
Teachers II (3)

MATH 121       College Algebra (4)


MATH 150       Pre-Calculus (4)

Laboratory Science (12 hrs.–max. of 4 hrs. in one area)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 hrs.–max. of 3 hrs. in one area)

Choose from the following:

ANTH 112        The Nature of Culture (3) þ


ECON 200        Principles of Economics –

Macroeconomics (3) S

ECON 201        Principles of Economics –

Microeconomics (3) S

GEOG 112         World Regional Geography (3)

POLI 200           American Government and Politics (3)

SOCI 111           Introduction to Sociology (3) þ

Humanities and Fine Arts  (18 hrs.: 6 hrs. of Fine Arts,

12 hrs. of Humanities)

Fine Arts (6 hrs.)

Choose from the following (3 hrs. of Art History recommended):

AHST 201         Art History I (3) þ

AHST 202         Art History II (3) þ

DRAM 111        Introduction to Theater and Drama (3)

MUSC 140        Music Appreciation (3)

Humanities (12 hrs.)

HIST 111           Western Civilization I (3) þ


HIST 112           Western Civilization II (3) þ

HIST 161           United States History to 1877 (3)

HIST 162           United States History from 1877 (3)

HIST 260           History of New Mexico (3) þ S

Health and Wellness (1 hr.)



EDUC 111         Introduction to Education (3)

EDUC 112L      Field-Based Teaching Observations (1)

EDUC 208         Exceptionalities and Placement (3)


PSYC 111          Psychology I (3)

EDUC 228         Technology in the Classroom (3)

Note: Six additional credits in literature are required
for students who transfer to New Mexico Highlands University.

Six credit hours of the A.A. and A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.

  • Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
  • Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)