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Elementary Education – Associate of Arts Degree

Program Details

Length: 2 years

Total Credits: 60

Intake Terms: Fall, Winter, Spring

Campus: Castlegar

Student Loans: This program is eligible for Student Loans - details here

Credential Received

Associate of Arts Degree Elementary Education

Overview

Program Summary

Get started on your Bachelor of Education degree. With two years of courses from your associate degree you will be well on your way to completing most or all of the admission requirements for entry into third year at BC universities. After you graduate with your bachelor degree, you can come back to the West Kootenay and complete your Bachelor of Education in the West Kootenay Teacher Education Program (WKTEP) delivered by the University of British Columbia. Take this program if you love connecting with young minds and having the chance to be part of shaping their future. As part of your associate degree at Selkirk College, you can choose courses that satisfy the Canadian content, math, laboratory science and English requirements to enter a university education program. Our instructors work alongside you to ensure you get the best education possible, just like you will do when it is your turn at the blackboard.

All Associate of Arts students are required to complete:

  • Two semester courses in first-year English.
  • Six semester courses in first-year Arts in two or more subject areas.
  • Three semester courses in UAS science and math at the 100 level or higher of which one must be a lab science and one must be a UAS math, statistics or computer science course.
  • Biology 101, Geography 130 and 232, and Geology are considered lab sciences.
  • Six semester courses in second-year Arts in two or more subject areas.
  • Six additional UAS courses.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of an Associate of Arts program, learners will be able to:

  • explain terms, concepts, and theories of the discipline(s).
  • read, write, and communicate effectively and creatively across academic disciplines.
  • ask informed questions to deepen the level of enquiry.
  • use quantitative and qualitative evidence to support claims.
  • research and analyze evidence from scholarly and professional publications.
  • synthesize and summarize literature and data.
  • demonstrate developing critical, creative thinking, and problem solving skills.
  • use current and emerging technology.
  • demonstrate collaborative skills in a multi-cultural environment.
  • conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner in an academic environment.

Program Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements to Selkirk College, applicants to the University Arts and Sciences program must meet the following requirements to be considered fully qualified:

  • Minimum grade of 60% in English 12 or English 12 First Peoples or equivalent. Students who do not meet this requirement must write the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test and achieve a minimum of level 4 to attain equivalency.

Additional Requirements

  • Students whose first language is not English must fulfill the College’s English language proficiency requirement. See Policy 8611: Admissions.
  • Mature students must meet the English 12 requirement.

Program Courses

Term 1

Required Courses

ENGL 110English Composition

3.00

 

MATH 180Mathematics for Elementary Teachers

3.00

Or

MATH 100Calculus I

3.00

 

HIST 104Canada Before Confederation

3.00

HIST 104 is the suggested course but some second-year History and English courses will also fulfill the Canadian Content requirement
Required Course

A History course with Canadian Content is a graduation requirement for this program.

HIST 104 is the suggested course but some second-year History and English courses will also fulfill the Canadian Content requirement. Please choose one of the following 3-credit courses.

ENGL 202Canadian Literature I: Indigenous Voices

3.00

ENGL 203Canadian Literature II: Contemporary Voices

3.00

HIST 104Canada Before Confederation

3.00

HIST 105Contemporary Canada

3.00

HIST 210A History of the First Nations of Canada

3.00

Elective Courses

The following is a suggested selection of courses. Students are advised to meet with a Selkirk College counsellor to discuss course options.

Take:

one (1) 100-level Social Sciences elective

one (1) 100-level Lab Science elective

See the UAS table of available courses.

Term 2

Required Courses

ENGL 111Introduction To Literature

3.00

 

MATH 181Problem Solving

3.00

Or

MATH 101Calculus II

3.00

Or

MATH 140Calculus I for Social Sciences

3.00

 

HIST 105Contemporary Canada

3.00

HIST 105 is the suggested course but some second-year History and English courses will also fulfill the Canadian Content requirement.

Elective Courses

The following is a suggested selection of courses. Students are advised to meet with a Selkirk College counsellor to discuss course options

Take:

one (1) 100-level Social Sciences elective

one (1) 100-level Science or Math elective

See the UAS table of available courses.

Term 3

Elective Courses

The following is a suggested selection of courses. Students are advised to meet with a Selkirk College counsellor to discuss course options

Take:

three (3) 200-level Arts electives in two or more subject areas

two (2) 100- or 200-level general electives

See the UAS table of available courses.

Term 4

Elective Courses

The following is a suggested selection of courses. Students are advised to meet with a Selkirk College counsellor to discuss course options

Take:

three (3) 200 level Arts electives in two or more subject areas

two (2) 100- or 200-level general electives

See the UAS table of available courses.