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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 Requirements31
Computer Skills/Usage requirement3
Coursework in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences9
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 $6,835
Application Fee $30
Lab Fees $105
Books/Supplies $2,046
Total $9,017

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

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
LIT 270Film and Literature +3
LIT 291Special Topics-Literature +3
LSH 201Introduction to the Humanities +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)

BIOB 101Discover Biology/Lab **,+4
BIOB 160Princpls of Living Systems/Lab **,+4
BIOB 170Prin Biological Diversity/Lab **,+4
BIOH 104Basic Human Biology & Lab **,+4
BIOH 108Basic Anatomy **,+4
CHMY 101Discover Chemistry +3
CHMY 121Intro to General Chem w/Lab **,+4
CHMY 141College Chemistry I w/Lab **,+4
CHMY 143College Chemistry II w/Lab *,+4
GEO 101Intro to Physical Geologyw/Lab +4
PHSX 105Fund of Physical Science w/Lab +4
PHSX 205College Physics I w/Lab **,+4
PHSX 220Physics I w/Lab **,+4

Social Sciences/History - 6 Credits

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

Cultural Diversity - 3 Credits

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

Cultural Heritage of American Indians - 3 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 131Basic MS Office +3
OR a satisfactory Computer Skills test score.

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

Students may choose coursework numbered 100 or above from any of the following discipline areas to complete the required 9 credits of coursework in arts, humanities, and social sciences. +
(ACTG) Accounting
(ANTY) Anthropology
(BGEN) Business General
(COMX) Communications
(ECNS) Economics
(CJUS) Criminal Justice
(CRWR) Creative Writing
(EDU 221 only) Educational Psychology
(HSTA) (HSTR) History
(LSH) (WGSS) Humanities
(LIT) Literature
(MUSI) Music
(NASX) Native American Studies
(PHL) Philosophy
(PSCI) Political Science
(PSYX 230) Psychology
(SIGN) American Sign Languages
(SOCI) Sociology
(SPNS) Spanish
(WRIT) Writing
Courses numbered 194 will not be applied to the concentration area.

V. Electives - Education Coursework - 17 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
M 136Mathematics for K-8 Teachrs II *,+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

EDU 211Multicultural Education +3
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.



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

I. Education Coursework - 47 Credits

EDSP 304Educational Psychology of the Exp Child3
EDU 380Intro to Curriculum Planning & Prac3
EDU 397MAMethods: K-8 Mathematics2
EDU 397SCMethods: K-8 Science2
EDU 397SSMethods: K-8 Social Science2
EDU 397CAMethods: K-8 Integrated Arts/All Learner2
EDUC 334Methods of Teaching Integrated Lang Arts3
EDU 335Fund and Corrective Strategies in Reading3
EDU 397HEMethods: K-8 Health Enhancement2
EDU 383Assessment in Education3
EDU 340Classroom Management3
EDU 315Integrated IEFA Across the Curriculum2
EDU 337Reading Materials for the Elem Child2
EDU 452Advanced Practicum in Education3
Select one of the following
EDU 495ELStudent Teaching K-812
EDU 495ESStudent Teaching K-1212

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

Minors/Concentrations/Electives to be determined by the student in consultation with their advisor at 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.