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Elementary Education

Elementary Education Degree

Elementary education is the first stage found in formal education, beginning at about age 5 to 7 and ending at about age 11 to 13.

OJC Elementary Education is your first step in becomming an Elementary School Teacher.

Elementary Education Transfer Degree Curriculum Information

Note: Students enrolled in the program will be degree-seeking students and eligible for financial aid.

The Associate of Arts (AA) program at OJC is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution to complete their Bachelors degree. This is a traditional liberal arts education with a focus on arts and humanities, communication, or social sciences. The Associate of Arts Degree is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution to complete their Bachelor of Arts Degree (see the AA Curriculum). Because of different requirements at four-year institutions, it is essential that students discuss their degree plan with their advisor.


Transfer Information

If you are planning to transfer on to a 4-year university after graduating at OJC, view the OJC Transfer Agreement. Each student should work closely with their OJC advisor and contact their transfer institution choices for more specific transfer information. Other transfer information can be found at The Colorado Dept. of Higher Education.

The AA to BA Elementary Education Degree Option

Elementary Education Partnership between OJC and CU Denver

Otero Junior College (OJC) and the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) have begun an innovative partnership to offer a bachelor’s degree in elementary education that can be completed in its entirety at OJC. For those interested in becoming an elementary education teaching professional, the Associate of Arts (AA) to Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree partnership brings together a top public urban research university and a prestigious rural junior college to provide a four-year pathway to becoming an Elementary School Teacher.

OJC/UCD Elementary Education Advising Sheet

Elementary Education

For almost 80 years, OJC has been providing the citizens of the Lower Arkansas Valley with a high quality two-year academic education that positions students to transfer and earn bachelor’s degrees with great success. For more than 25 years, CU Denver has been recognized nationally as a top education school with a successful teacher residency program in public schools.

The OJC-CU Denver elementary education bachelor’s degree is rooted in proven best practices and a strong commitment to training highly-skilled educators to work in rural communities. Multiple early field experiences and a full year of teaching experience in the final year are incorporated into the four-year program.

Becoming an Elementary Education Teacher

How it Works:

  • Apply to Otero Junior College and choose the Associate of Arts degree
  • Once you are accepted, talk with an OJC Academic Advisor about your interest in the Elementary Education Associate of Arts degree with designation and the four-year CU Denver/OJC path to a bachelor’s degree.
  • Take 60 credits during the first two years and receive an associate’s degree from OJC. You’ll receive instruction from a group of OJC instructors who will be working closely with both schools.
  • Apply for admission to University of Colorado Denver. The application fee to CU Denver will be waived.
  • Continue your studies on site at OJC through a combination of CU Denver education courses (online and in-person), teaching internships, and student teaching experiences in Southern Colorado schools, for a total of 66 credits.
  • Earn a BA in Education and Human Development with elementary licensure from University of Colorado Denver.

Why Choose OJC for Your Elementary Education Degree?

  • As a degree-seeking student in the program, you are eligible for financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
  • Participate in a prescribed degree plan with coursework closely connected to field experiences to best prepare you to teach in the field of elementary education.
  • Experience and build relationships in local classroom settings with built-in field experience throughout the program, working with teachers and faculty to support your development.
  • Become part of a strong learning community that meets regularly to include support with peers, mentors, and faculty.
  • The program supports paraeducators working in elementary general education classrooms with district and T-PREP program approval.