AA to BS in Elementary Education P-5 Teaching

Completion of the following curriculum will satisfy the requirements for an Associate in Arts at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and leads to the Bachelor of Science in Education at Eastern Kentucky University.

Admission Requirments

to apply as a transfer:

  • Complete the EKU online application
  • Application processing fee is waived for KCTC students
  • Provide official college transcripts for each institution attended reflecting all coursework attempted or earned. Only credits from regionally accredited institutions will be accepted. 

*Students who have earned 23 hours or fewer of college credits after high school graduation must also provide a final high school transcript along with ACT or SAT scores and meet the requirements for incoming freshmen.

Student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. 

degree requirements

  • Students transferring in the equivalent of EDU 203 and/or EDF 219 will be required to take EDF 310 and CED 150 prior to admission to the teacher education program. It is recommended that they take it as dual enrollment in the spring/or fall or taking it over the summer before starting full-time at EKU.
  • A state criminal history background check approved by the College of Education. Under certain circumstances, a national criminal history background check may be required as a condition of admission.
  • Admission Test Requirement: Candidates must have a passing score on the following tests: 
    PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE): Reading (Score 156); Writing (Score 162); 
    Mathematics (Score 150) more information at http://www.ets.org/praxis/about/core/ 
  • Two faculty recommendations
    • 1 from EKU EDF 310/CED 150 instructor
    • 1 from another faculty member, must contact EKU for submission link. 

Education major and supporting courses (indicated by * beside the course in the pathway) must all be a grade C or better
An overall GPA of 2.75 required

general transfer requirements

Admissions Deadlines
Fall Semester: August 1st
Spring Semester: December 1st
Summer Term: May 1st

Deadline for receipt of application and transcripts to receive consideration for Transfer Scholarships
Fall Semester: June 15
Spring: November 15
Summer: April 15

Financial Aid School Code: 001963

Transfer scholarships

Students who transfer to EKU with a minimum of 24 college credits are eligible to receive the 
university’s Transfer Scholarship. Students must be enrolled full time and maintain an EKU GPA of 3.0+ to retain the scholarship. The maximum award for the scholarship is for 3 academic years (6 semesters).

Students who have already earned a Bachelor’s Degree or are enrolled in 100 percent online programs are not eligible for Transfer Scholarships

Below is a breakdown of the scholarship requirements and the annual award amounts
Scholarship Name Annual Award Qualifying College GPA
Colonel Plus $4,000 3.75+
Colonel $3,000 3.50 – 3.74
Maroon Plus $2,000 3.25 – 3.49
Maroon $1,000 3.0 – 3.24

kctcs requirements

TBS XXX means to be selected by KCTCS student.
TBD XXX means to be determined by EKU based on course selected.

KCTCS Course Course or Category Credits EKU Course
ENG 101 Writing I 3 ENG 101
ENG 102 Writing II 3 ENG 102
COM 181 Basic Public Speaking 3 CMS 210
HIS 108* History of the U.S. Through 1865 3 HIS 102
ENG 161* Introduction to Literature 3 ENG 210
BIO 112* and BIO 113* Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Biology Lab
3 BIO 100
GEO 130* Earth’s Physical Environment 3 GEO 210
PSY 110 General Psychology (pre-req EDP 202) 3 PSY 200
POL 101* American Government 3 POL 101
GEO 152* or GEO 160* Regional Geography of the World
Lands and Peoples of the Non-Western World (CS)
3 GEO 100
MAT 150* or MAT 161* College Algebra or 
Statistics and Algebra
3 MAT 114

Subtotal General Education Core Courses: 60

*Indicates course grade must be C or better to meet major requirements.

KCTCS Course Course or Category Credits EKU Course
ANT 160 Cultural Diversity in the Modern World 3 EDC 106
TBS XXX Arts & Humanities and/or Social and Behavior 
Sciences and/or Foreign Languag

Subtotal AA Requirement Courses: 6

KCTCS Course Course or Category Credits EKU Course
FYE XXX First Year Experience 0-3 TBD XXX
EDU 204* Digital Literacy** Technology in the Classroom 3 EDF 204
MAT 205* Mathematics for Elementary & Middle School 
Teachers 1
3 MAE 201
EDU 201* Introduction to American Education 3 EDF 203
EDP 202* Human Development and Learning 3 EDF 219
EDP 203* Teaching Exceptional Learners in Regular 
3 SED 104
EDU 240* Elementary and Middle School Literature 3 LIB 301
TBS XXX To be selected by student 3 TBD XXX

*Indicates course grade must be C or better to meet major requirements.

Subtotal Elective Courses: 21
TOTAL Associate Degree Hours: 60-61

EKU Requirements

Core Courses
EKU Course Course Cedit KCTC Course Taken at 
ELE 101 Creative Thinking Through Performance Arts 3    
ELE 102 Creative Thinking Through Visual Arts 3    
ELE 201 Practical Living  3    
ELE 302 Language Arts Foundations Grades P-5 3    
ELE 420 Creative Thinking Lab: Integrated Arts 1    
ELE 421 Advanced Math Pedagogy & Assessment 2    
ELE 422 Advanced Language Arts Pedagogy & Assessment 2    
ELE 423 Advances Social Studies Pedagogy & Assessment 2    
ELE 424 Advanced Science Pedagogy & Assessment 2    
ELE 475 Diagnosing & Remediating Reading Difficulties 3    
LIB 301 Children’s Literature and Related Material 3 EDU 240 X
EME 301 or MAE 302 Mathematical Concepts for P-9 III 3    
EME 313 Interdisciplinary Approach to Social Studies Teaching 3    

Subtotal EKU Credit Hours: 68.5 - 71.5
Total Baccalaureate Degree Credit Hours: 132.5

Professional Education Requirements
EKU Course Course Credit KCTCS Course Taken at KCTCS
EDC 300 Differentiation in Inclusive Classrooms 3    
EDC 106 Culturally Responsive Perspectives 3    
EDF 203 Introduction to American Education 3 EDU 201 X
EDF 204 Emerging Instructional Technology (2) EDU 204 X
EDF 219 Human Development and Learning 3 EDP 202 X
EDF 310 Transition to Education 1    
EDF 413 Assessment In Education 2-3    
EMS 300W Curriculum & Instructional Design 1-3    
EMS 490 Classroom & Behavior Management P-12 1-3    
SED 104 Special Education Introduction 3 EDP 203 X
CED 150 Clinical Transition: Education Profession .5    
CED 100 Clinical I 0 EDU 201 X
CED 200 Clinical II 0 EDU 202 X
CED 300 Clinical III: Curriculum & Instructional Design .5    
CED 400 Clinical IV; Diagnosis & Prescription .5    
CED 450 Clinical V: Practicing Teaching 1    
CED 499 Clinical VI: The Professional Semester 12    
Social Science
EKU Course Course Credit KCTCS Course Taken at KCTCS
HIS 102 American Civilization to 1877 3 HIS 108 X
POL 101 American Government 3 POL 101 X
GEO 100 Regions and Nations of the World 3 GEO 152 X
EKU Course Course Credit KCTCS Course Taken at KCTCS
ENG 210 Enjoying Literature 3 ENG 161 X
ENG 303 Advanced Composition for Teachers 3    
EME 452 Teaching Grammar and Punctuation P-8 3    
Natural Sciences/Engineering
EKU Course Course Credit KCTCS Course Taken at KCTCS
CHE 104 or PHY 104 nquiry Physical Science for Elem. Teachers
Inquiry Physical Science for Elem. Teachers
EDC 314 or 
TEC 314
Engineering in Classroom Context 3    
BIO 102 Biology for Teachers 3 BIO 112 & 
GLY102 Geology for Teachers 3 GEO 130 X
EKU Course Course Credit KCTCS Course Taken at KCTCS
MAT 112 College Algebra 3 MAT 150 
or MAT 
MAE 201 Mathematical Concepts for P-9 I 3 MAT 205 X
MAE 202 Mathematical Concepts for P-9 II 3 MAT 206 X

Updated: 09/17/20