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Associate of Arts to University of Great Falls

Associate of Arts Degree with Elementary Education Coursework Transfer to University of Great Falls

The Associate of Arts with articulated coursework in Education is designed for students interested in a baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education at the University of Great Falls.

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:

DescriptionCredits
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.

DescriptionCosts
Tuition and Fees $6,380
Application Fee $30
Lab Fees $65
Books/Supplies $2,417
Total $8,892

*

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

CodeCourseCredits
COLS 103Becoming a Successful Student +1

II. Montana University System Core Courses - 33 Semester Hours

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

CodeCourseCredits

Written
CodeCourseCredits
WRIT 101College Writing I **,+3

Verbal
CodeCourseCredits
COMX 111Intro to Public Speaking +3

Mathematics - 4 Credits

CodeCourseCredits
STAT 216Introduction to Statistics **,+4

Humanities/Fine Arts - 6 Credits

CodeCourseCredits

Fine Arts
CodeCourseCredits
Select one of the following:
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

Humanities
CodeCourseCredits
Select one of the following:
LIT 110Intro to Lit +3
PHL 101Introduction to Philosophy +3
WGSS 242Gender and Equality +3

Natural Science - 8 Credits (Must include 1 lab course)

CodeCourseCredits
BIOB 101Discover Biology/Lab **,+4
PHSX 105Fund of Physical Science w/Lab +4

Social Science/History - 6 Credits

CodeCourseCredits
HSTA 101American History I (N) +3
HSTA 102American History II (N) +3

Cultural Diversity - 3 Credits

CodeCourseCredits
NASX 240Native American Lit (=to 340) (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

CodeCourseCredits
CAPP 120Introduction to Computers +3

IV. Concentration in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences - 9 Credits

Code Title Credits

EDU 221Ed Psych & Measurement +3

WRIT 201College Writing II *,+3

Select one of the following:

PSYX 100Introduction to Psychology +3

SOCI 101Introduction to Sociology +3


V. Articulated Coursework - 17 Credits

Code Title Credits

EDU 200Introduction to Education +3

EDU 211Multicultural Education +3

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

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

M 136Mathematics for K-8 Teachrs II *,+4

Electives ^


TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS: 62


*

Indicates prerequisite needed

**

Placement in course(s) is determined by placement assessment

+

A grade of C- or above is required for graduation

^

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


Outline for Completion of The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education Degree from The University of Great Falls

The Associate of Arts with articulated coursework in Education is designed for students interested in a baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education at the University of Great Falls.

I. UGF Core - 17 Credits

Foundation Skills Courses - 6 credits

CodeCourseCredits
CPS 110::Conquering the Digital Divide 3
TRL 200:: Fund of Christian Theology 3

Great Questions Courses - 8 credits

CodeCourseCredits
ILC 330x::What is Truth 4
ILC 350x::What is the Common Good 4

Upper Division Writing Course - 3 credits

CodeCourseCredits
ENG 300-319::Upper level writing course 3

II. Elementary Education Major - 54 credits

CodeCourseCredits
EDU 202::Intro to Gifted Education 2
EDU 261::Intro to Exceptionalities 3
EDU 315::Assessment of Learning 2
EDU 341::Methods in Elem Science 2
EDU 342::Methods in Elem Soc. Studies 2
EDU 352::Methods in Elem Math 2
EDU 353::Methods in Elem Art 2
EDU 356::Methods in Comm Arts I 2
EDU 357::Methods in Comm Arts II 3
EDU 370::Children's Literature 3
EDU 462::PPIE Elementary 2
EDU 472::PPIE Middle School 2
EDU 489::Elem/Sec Ed Internship 2
EDU 490::Elementary Internship 10

Other required courses:
CodeCourseCredits
GSC 158::History of Science 4
HPE 110::Wellness Perspectives 3
HST 230::World and Regional Geography 3
HPE 300::Strategies in Hlth Enhancement 3
MUS 250::Elementary School Music 2

III. Dual Major in Special Education or Concentration Necessary for Completion of Elementary Education Degree from UGF

IV. Total Credits Towards Degree

62 CREDITS (AA from GFC MSU)
17 CREDITS (UGF CORE)
54 CREDITS (BA–UGF)
REMAINING CREDITS (Dual Major & Concentration)
128 TOTAL CREDITS necessary for Graduation

ART MINOR, HPE MINOR, READING INSTRUCTION CONCENTRATION, OR SPECIAL EDUCATION MAJOR – WILL RECEIVE A K-12 ENDORSEMENT FOR THAT SUBJECT AREA AND THEREFORE MUST SUBSTITUTE EDU 482 FOR EDU 472, PPIE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND MUST ALSO TAKE THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

CodeCourseCredits
EDU 338::Teaching Reading in the Content Area 2
EDU 430::Secondary Teaching Procedures 2

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION MAJORS MUST TAKE AN APPROVED CONCENTRATION OR COMPLETE A SECOND MAJOR IN SPECIAL EDUCATION. THE FOLLOWING ARE AVAILABLE OPTIONS:

  • Art Concentration
  • Communication Arts Concentration
  • Gifted and Talented Education Concentration
  • Health and Physical Education Concentration
  • Mathematics Concentration
  • Reading Instruction Concentration
  • Science Concentration
  • Social Science Concentration

UGF Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 128 credits.
  2. Maintain a cumulative University of Great Falls grade point average of 2.00 or higher.
  3. Complete the University Core curriculum.
  4. Complete a major. All courses used to complete the requirements of a major, minor, or concentration must have a grade of C or better. Some majors may require completion of a minor or concentration.
  5. Complete thirty of the last forty semester hours of coursework at the University of Great Falls. Students enrolled in an approved Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Army Degree (SOCAD) program may satisfy the academic residency requirements with coursework taken at any time during their enrollment at the university.
  6. Complete a minimum of 40% or 15 credits of their major (whichever is greater) and a minimum of 40% of their minor in residency at the University of Great Falls.Completion of credits within a concentration will not count toward residency in the major. This requirement does not apply to those completing an approved major or minor in University Studies.
  7. Complete at least thirty-two credits in upper division coursework (courses numbered 300 or higher), at least sixteen of which must be from the University of Great Falls. (Students should complete at least twelve of these credits in coursework outside the student’s major and minor or concentration.)
  8. Apply for graduation in accordance with the prescribed deadlines.
  9. Comply with all university policies, rules, and regulations.
  10. Pay all indebtedness to the university.