Elementary Education

Associate of Arts Transfer Degree

Elementary Education

Otero Junior College and CU Denver create partnership to offer elementary education teaching degree

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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 partnership brings together a top public urban research university and a prestigious rural junior college to provide a four-year pathway to a teaching license.


The partnership will prepare students with an education that is rooted in proven best practices and a strong commitment to working 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.

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.

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

Elementary Education

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. Because of different requirements at four-year institutions, it is essential that students discuss their degree plan with their advisor.

For more information about program enrollment, contact:
University of Colorado Denver:  Chris Ricciardi, 303-315-6300, education@ucdenver.edu

Otero Junior College:  Ellen Schreivogel, 719-469-1621, Ellen.Schreivogel@ucdenver.edu

Elementary Education Partnership between OJC and CU Denver


Other transfer information can be found at: The Colorado Dept. of Higher Education