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Associate of Arts to MSU-Northern

Associate of Arts Degree with Elementary Education Transfer to MSU-Northern

The Associate of Arts with articulated coursework in Education is designed for students interested in a baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education at MSU-Northern.

The Associate of Arts (AA) includes education across academic disciplines. Focusing on integration of information while increasing a student’s employability, the AA is designed for transferability to a baccalaureate program.

To receive the AA degree, the following requirements must be completed:

Montana University System Core Requirements 31
Computer Skills/Usage requirement 3
Coursework in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences 9
Electives 17
Final cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0

Courses taken to fulfill one specific requirement, including courses in the Concentration or Elective blocks, may not be used to fulfill another specific requirement; thus, a course taken to fulfill the Cultural Diversity requirement in the Montana University System Core may not be used as an Elective.

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Demonstrate the outcomes achievable by completing the Montana University System Core.
  • Select and use the appropriate technologies for personal, academic or career tasks.
  • Think critically about theories and applications from multiple disciplines when evaluating information, solving problems, and making decisions.

Estimated Resident Program Cost*

Estimated costs are for the Great Falls College portion of this curriculum. Please contact the partnering school for information on the estimated cost of classes there.

Tuition and Fees $6,380
Application Fee $30
Lab Fees $105
Books/Supplies $2,838
Total $9,313


Fall 2016, MUS Student Health Insurance Premium will be changing. Please check the Health Insurance website and/or Student Central for confirmed premium rates. Students will be charged an additional fee of $21 per credit for online/hybrid courses.

Many students need preliminary math, science, and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.

I. GFC MSU Additional Graduation Requirement

COLS 103Becoming a Successful Student +1

II. Montana University System Core Courses - 31 Semester Hours

Communication - 6 Credits (3 credits written, 3 credits verbal)


WRIT 101College Writing I **,+3

COMX 115Intro to Interpersonal Communc +3

Mathematics - 3 Credits

M 121College Algebra **,+3

Humanities/Fine Arts - 6 Credits

LIT 110Intro to Lit +3
Select one of the following:

CRWR 240Intro Creative Writing Wrkshp +3
PHL 101Introduction to Philosophy +3
PHL 110Introduction to Ethics +3
WGSS 242Gender and Equality +3

Fine Arts
ARTH 160Global Visual Culture +3
ARTZ 101Art Fundamentals +3
ARTZ 105Visual Language-Drawing +3
MUSI 101Enjoyment of Music +3
MUSI 103Fundamntls of Musical Creation +3
MUSI 203American Popular Music +3
MUSI 207World Music (equiv to 307) +3

Natural Science - 7 Credits (Must include 1 lab course)

Select one of the following:
BIOB 101Discover Biology/Lab **,+4
CHMY 101Discover Chemistry +3
Select one of the following:
GEO 101Intro to Physical Geologyw/Lab +4
PHSX 105Fund of Physical Science w/Lab +4

Social Sciences/History - 6 Credits

HSTA 255Montana History (N) +3
PSCI 210Intro to American Government +3

Cultural Diversity - 3 Credits

NASX 204Intro to NA Beliefs & Philsphy +3
NASX 232MT Ind Cltrs/Hstry/Iss (=332) (N) +3

Cultural Heritage of American Indians - 3 Credits

Code Title Credits

Courses with an “N” behind the course title will fulfill the Cultural Heritage of American Indians requirement as well as a designated core area requirement. +

III. Computer Skills/Usage - 3 Credits

CAPP 120Introduction to Computers +3

IV. Concentration in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences - 6 Credits

Code Title Credits

EDU 221Ed Psych & Measurement +3

PSYX 230Developmental Psychology +3

V. Electives - 17 Credits

Code Title Credits

EDU 200Introduction to Education +3

EDU 270Instructional Tech (=370) *,+3

HTH 201Health Issues for Educators +3

M 135Mathematics for K-8 Teachers I **,+4

Students are encouraged to work with their advisor to ensure that total number of credits required to graduate are met prior to completing their graduation application.


Recommended Electives - 10 Credits

EDU 211Multicultural Education +3
M 136Mathematics for K-8 Teachrs II *,+4
PSYX 100Introduction to Psychology +3
SOCI 101Introduction to Sociology +3

Please see your advisor in regard to elective credits that will transfer to an applicable major and/or minor at MSU-Northern.




Indicates prerequisite needed


Placement in course(s) is determined by placement assessment


A grade of C- or above is required for graduation

Outline For Completion of the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from MSU-Northern

I. Education Coursework - 48 Credits

EDSP 304::Educational Psychology of the Exp Child 3
EDU 380::Intro to Curriculum Planning & Prac 3
EDU 397::MAMethods: K-8 Mathematics 2
EDU 397::SCMethods: K-8 Science 2
EDU 397::SSMethods: K-8 Social Science 2
EDU 397::CAMethods: K-8 Integrated Arts/All Learner 2
EDUC 334::Methods of Teaching Integrated Lang Arts 3
EDU 335::Fund and Corrective Strategies in Reading 3
EDUC 336::Integrated Field Experience 1
EDU 397::HEMethods: K-8 Health Enhancement 2
EDU 383::Assessment in Education 3
EDU 340::Classroom Management 3
EDU 315::Integrated IEFA Across the Curriculum 2
EDU 337::Reading Materials for the Elem Child 2
EDU 452::Advanced Practicum in Education 3
Select one of the following
EDU 495::ELStudent Teaching K-8 12
EDU 495::ESStudent Teaching K-12 12

II. Minors/Concentrations/Electives - 21-30 Credits

Minors/Concentrations/Electives to be determined by the student in consultation with their advisor in MSU-Northern according to the University’s current catalog/program sheet. Students with additional prior coursework not strictly identified in this articulation agreement that they believe may apply towards the Minors/Concentrations/Electives must contact the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Education & Nursing, or his/her designee, at MSU-Northern to ascertain the courses' acceptability toward satisfying a portion of this requirement.