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Associate of Arts to University of Providence

Associate of Arts Degree with Secondary Education Coursework Transfer to University of Providence

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

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 $65
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

COLS 103Becoming a Successful Student +1

II. Montana University System Core Courses - 33 Semester Hours

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

WRIT 101College Writing I **,+3
COMX 115Intro to Interpersonal Communc (Verbal) +3

Mathematics - 3 Credits

M 105Contemporary Mathematics **,+3
Or any math courses in the MUS core

Humanities/Fine Arts - 6 Credits

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

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

Select from the following:
BIOB 101Discover Biology/Lab **,+4
BIOB 160Princpls of Living Systems/Lab **,+4
BIOB 170Prin Biological Diversity/Lab **,+4
BIOH 104Basic Human Biology & Lab **,+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

Social Sciences/History - 6 Credits

HSTR 101Western Civilization I +3
HSTR 102Western Civilization II +3

Cultural Diversity - 3 Credits

NASX 240Native American Lit (=to 340) (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

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 - 24 Credits

EDU 200Introduction to Education +3
EDU 211Multicultural Education +3
EDU 270Instructional Tech (=370) *,+3
Electives ^,+15


Outline for Completion of The Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education Degree from The University of Providence 

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

I. Remaining University Requirements

Select from the following:
EDU 261Intro to Exceptionalities3
EDU 315 Assessment of Learning2
EDU 338Teaching Reading - Content Area2
EDU 430Secondary Schl Teaching Prof2
EDU 472PPIE Middle School2
EDU 482PPIE High School2
EDU 489Elem/Sec Ed Internship2
EDU 498Secondary/Internship10
Methods Course specific to major or minor2
Second, teachable major and/or minor21-50

III. Dual Major Necessary for Completion of Secondary Education Degree From UP

IV. Minor Necessary for Completion of Secondary Education Degree from UP


71-72 CREDITS (AA from GFC MSU)
REMAINING CREDITS (Dual Major & Concentration)
134-164 TOTAL CREDITS necessary for Graduation

UP Graduation Requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 128 credits.
  2. Maintain a cumulative University of Providence 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 Providence. 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 Providence. 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 Providence. (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.