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Online Associate of Arts in Elementary Education curriculum

Curriculum Details

61 total credits required

You can complete the online Associate of Arts in Elementary Education in two years. Transfer up to 45 credit hours to graduate sooner.

In fully online courses, you’ll explore emerging standards for early childhood educators working with children from pre-K through grade five.

Note: This degree does not lead to teaching certification.

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Required Courses


This course introduces new students to Brenau’s student services and prepares them for college level research. Course topics include stress and time management, library and study skills, writing style, and dealing with work, home, and family concerns while attending school. In addition, adult learning principles and how they are used throughout the program will be discussed. AS 111 will replace the former (combined) courses AS 110 (2 credit hours) and LB 101 (1 credit hour).

A survey of U.S. History from prerevolutionary origins through the Civil War.

Prospective teachers should acquire a perspective into the origins of their discipline as well as a general understanding of education which should precede career decisions. The content of the course aids the students in acquiring concepts in the development and contemporary conditions of education and schools in the United States. The projects and activities promote the growth of students not only in the intellectual domain but also in the areas of social, emotional, and psychological development.

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to study the existence of problems and the development of possible solutions for establishing and maintaining racial, ethnic, gender and cultural harmony within the early childhood and middle grades classroom. Emphasis is placed on variables that contribute to the development and maintenance of prejudice, stereotypes, racism, gender bias and oppressive conditions.

This course is designed for non-art majors as a general introduction to visual art through exploration, discussion, lecture and personal experience. Basic knowledge of the elements and principles of visual art and the role they play in society are emphasized.

Students will develop their written communication skills as they respond to works by and about women, with particular attention to historical and cultural contexts. May be repeated for credit with a change in course emphasis.

Prerequisite(s): EH 101, EH 102

This course is designed to enlighten students to the many facets of health and wellness. Various lifestyle factors will be explored in relation to their effect on the body, along with strategies for integrating healthier behaviors into day to day life.

A course to review and to reinforce all areas of mathematics that are applicable to non-STEM students. Topics include basic logic, the number system, basic algebra, basic geometry, counting, basic probability and descriptive statistics.

Designated for non-biology major students who wish to fulfill their liberal education requirement for a laboratory science. Introduces the following basic biological principles and content: scientific method, biological chemistry, cellular biology, ecology and environmental impact of humans, heredity and inherited diseases, evolution, the circulatory system, the digestive system, the senses and brain function, and the reproductive system. Focuses on the details of the biological material to include the impact of that knowledge on society and the student’s future lives. Term paper, oral presentation, and in-class discussion required. Laboratory mandatory.

A basic introduction to selected topics from geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. Topics include basic concepts of rock and minerals, structure of the solid Earth, processes that shape the surface of the Earth, weather and climate, waters of the Earth, geologic time, and the solar system. The course has no laboratory component.

Analytical skills and problem solving strategies are developed using real world situations and examples. Students will learn to analyze situations, identify critical and superfluous data, determine appropriate procedures, and justify answers according to each situation. Students should be prepared to relate their results in the form of written and oral presentations. This course is a required first course for teacher education students, and a liberal education reasoning course.

Prerequisite(s): MS 100 (minimum grade of “C”)

This course focuses on writing papers in response to readings in a variety of genres. Students develop, draft, revise, and edit original compositions. Placement is determined by standardized test scores.

Note(s): Minimum grade of C required for graduation.

This course focuses on reading texts and writing research papers. Students will prepare and develop critical analyses that integrate secondary materials.

Prerequisite(s): EH 101
Note(s): Minimum grade of C required for graduation.

This course covers the fundamentals of public speaking. Students will analyze the content and performance characteristics of effective speeches. They will develop and deliver speeches of various types and for various audiences.

An introductory general education course emphasizing the development of students’ functional oral proficiency and ability to apply necessary grammatical contents and lexicon to communicate in a variety of basic, everyday situations. Additional focus on the development of students’ intercultural competence, including attention to one’s own cultural identity compared and contrasted with the cultures of speakers of the language studied.

CS 101 is an introduction to the use of application software on a personal computer. Applications include: word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and presentation graphics using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). E-mail, Internet access, familiarization with computer hardware and software, computing ethics, and computer users’ rights and responsibilities in global computer networks will also be incorporated.

A comprehensive examination of the basic physical, earth and life science principles and concepts taught in the P-8 school curricula. Emphasis of this course is the establishment of meaningful content in science curriculum. The Georgia Performance Standards will be studied and applied for that purpose.

A comprehensive examination of the basic computational and mathematical principles and concepts taught in the P-8 school curricula. The basis for the course is the Georgia Core Curriculum. Emphasis of this course is on the establishment of meaningful content in mathematics curriculum. Topics covered include the number system, arithmetic properties and operations, algebraic concepts and operations, probability, data and statistics. Students should be prepared to relate their results in the form of written and oral presentations.

Prerequisite(s): MS 100 (minimum grade of “C”).

This seminar is designed to provide students the information and resources required to effectively participate in both clinical experiences as well as education course work aligned to all clinical experiences required, leading to graduation and initial teacher licensure. This seminar requires attendance to three online seminars with dates announced in advance. Students will complete steps required for admission to Teacher Education and clinical placements as assignments; some assignments have a cost attached. This course should be taken in the same semester as ED 200. This course is taught on a pass/fail basis.

Note(s): Graded pass/fail.

This course provides an overview of the field of education for potential teacher candidates. Prospective teachers are introduced to the basic constructs of teaching along with justification of those constructs as part of effective teaching and learning. Topics include current learning standards, certification requirements, professional expectations, and the realities of teaching as a career. This course should be taken in the same semester as ED 100.

Knowledge of the growth and development of the person from conception to adolescence are vital in effective teaching. The areas of physical, intellectual, social, emotional, and moral development are studied. Particular emphasis is given to foundational theories such as constructivism and behaviorism, and topics such as executive functioning, creativity, cultural diversity, motivation, discipline, and contextual factors in development. Practical applications of theory to practice, as well as global issues affecting children and families, are explored.

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