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Transfer Guide: Early Childhood Education


All students, regardless of major, who have successfully earned an AA or AS degree and attained an overall Grade Point Average of 2.0 or higher on a 4-point scale will be admitted to SAU with junior status. All students seeking admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) must first apply and be accepted to SAU before applying to SAU's TEP.

·       For the TEP, a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required cumulatively, 3.0 for all education core courses, and 3.0 for major/endorsement courses. Grades of "D" or "F" are not accepted.
·       Teacher education has a number of additional requirements that are enumerated by entrance year into the TEP, including minimum ACT scores.  See SAU's TEP Admission Requirements.
·       Before gaining full admission to the St. Ambrose TEP, students must pass the Praxis Core Test. Test scores need to be available by mid-July for students entering in fall and by mid-November for students entering in spring. 
·       Before gaining full admission to the St. Ambrose TEP, students must also complete 50 field hours of participation on-site at an approved local school as part of a transcripted class. Field experience must be recent and it must be related to the area in which a student seeks licensure. Students should consult with SAU early in their college course work on completing the participation and documentation required prior to entering the education major.
·       Candidates who major in Early Childhood Education at SAU will be prepared to acquire an Iowa early childhood endorsement to be licensed to teach children birth through grade 3 with and without disabilities.
·       Early Childhood Education majors must present evidence of current certification in infant, child, and adult CPR and first aid before the student teaching semester.
·       Students transferring prior to completion of the AA or AS degree should also reference SAU's general education requirements or consider transferring credits back to Black Hawk College to earn the AA or AS degree after matriculation to St. Ambrose University.
·       CLEP and Advanced Placement credit are subject to review for credit at SAU on an individual basis. Send these scores at the time you request a transcript be sent to SAU.
·       A maximum of 64 community college credits will be applied toward the minimum of 120 credits required for SAU graduation.

Secondary Education majors should include the following courses within the AA/AS Degree.

NotesBHC CoursesSemester HoursSAU Equivalent
  HIST 105 or 106 or POLS 122 3 HIST 201 or 202 or PSCI 101
  BIOL 100 OR BIOL 101 4 BIOL 101
  CS 210 3 EDUC 282
1 CD 200 (fall only) or PSYC 262 (spring only) 3 EDUC 284
3 Philosophy 100, 101, 103, 205, or 206; HIST 222 (see note) 3-6 Philosophy/Theology Requirement
  Physical Science 3-4 Natural Science
HEAL 102 2 KIN 149 (1 credit hour at SAU)
  HEAL 200 3 KIN 206 (2 credit hours at SAU)
4 MATH -- see note below 4 MATH 210
2 Foreign Language 0-8 Foreign Language-General Education Requirement


Students' assessment scores might indicate the necessity of prerequisite English, math or reading courses in addition to the courses suggested in this sequence.

1. PSYC 262 has a prerequisite of PSYC 101 with a grade of "C" or better.
2. All students must satisfy the foreign language requirement as follows: complete three years of study of the same foreign language in high school or demonstrate competency through the second semester of a language at the college level. The language requirement can be met by completing language courses at St. Ambrose University or at the community college if not met with high school course completion.
3. Students are strongly encouraged to complete at least one Philosophy or Theology course prior to transferring to SAU. Students not earning the AA or AS degree may meet up to six hours of the twelve hour Philosophy/Theology requirement prior to transfer by completing one Philosophy course and HIST 222 at BHC. Students who earn the AA or AS degree at BHC will only need to complete 6 hours of Philosophy/Theology after transfer. An introductory philosophy course is recommended to meet a humanities requirement at BHC, as well as meet a prerequisite for an upper level philosophy or theology course at SAU.
4. Before fall 2016: Enroll in MATH 100 and MATH 200. MATH 100 has an additional prerequisite of MATH 085 Plane Geometry or appropriate geometry placement score. If needed, MATH 085 can be taken concurrently with MATH 100.
Fall 2016 and later: Enroll in MATH 210. MATH 210 has a pre-requisite of MATH 112 College Algebra. For both the AA and AS degrees, consult an advisor about selecting an additional math course to fulfill BHC's general education core requirement.

St. Ambrose Contact 
Pat Kretchman, Academic Advisor

Black Hawk Contact
Cathryn Lass 

This guide is not intended to be a contract with SAU. The information of this guide is subject to change; students are advised to contact SAU to keep informed of changes. Final responsibility for verifying all transfer information lies with the student.

Updated: October 2016