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Associate in Arts, Elementary Education

The Associate in Arts, Elementary Education (AAEE) provides the first two years of a four year curriculum for the student who plans to transfer to an Elementary Education or Special Education program at an Arizona public higher education institution. Upon completion of the AAEE, a student may pursue employment as a classroom instructional aide. Upon completion of a bachelor`s degree, a student may pursue a career as an elementary school teacher or as a special education teacher. With further education or certification, students may pursue the employment in the field of education in a number of careers including but not limited to assistant principal, principal, educational administrator, instructional designer, instructional technologist, instructional coordinator, and educational counselor.

Details

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8101
Total Credits Required
60-68
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

This program will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Apply a foundational knowledge of child development, teaching and learning theories, cultural differences, and/or effective educational practices for diverse learners.
  2. Interpret and critique current and historical influences on education at the local, state, federal, and/or global levels, and apply that understanding to effectively engage in the profession and the political process.
  3. Explain how educational theory applies to real world contexts.
  4. Describe and demonstrate key dispositions (e.g. collaboration, professionalism, self-initiative, time management, and effective oral and written communication) of an effective teacher.
  5. Explain basic scientific theories and concepts as they apply to teaching multiple subjects in the general K-8 classroom.
  6. Explain real world applications of the fine arts as they relate to teaching multiple subjects in the general K-8 classroom.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School

$76,300

Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors

$48,300

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

$43,720

Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

$42,710

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

$46,940

Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School

$44,660

Special Education Teachers, Middle School

$43,620

Special Education Teachers, Secondary School

$47,990

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2018.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EDU221 or
EDU230
Introduction to Education or Cultural Diversity In Education Critical course Gateway course SB or C 3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142 or
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152 or
MAT187
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or Precalculus Or any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area for which MAT15+ is a prerequisite.

Note: MAT182, 206, 256, 257 do note meet the [MA] requirement. Students need to complete MAT14x and MAT12x OR MAT14x and satisfactory placement in MAT15x OR MAT15x or higher in order to meet MAT256 prerequisites (in future term).
MA 3–5
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
CFS205 or
ECH176 or
CFS176 or
GCU121 or
GCU122 or
ECN211 or
ECN212 or
HIS104 or
PSY101
Human Development or Child Development or Child Development or World Geography I: Eastern Hemisphere or World Geography II: Western Hemisphere or Macroeconomic Principles or Microeconomic Principles or United States History 1865 to Present or Introduction to Psychology CFS176 or ECH176 recommended SB or G, SB or G, SB or H, SB 3
EDU291 or
ENH291 or
ENH110 or
ENH241 or
ENH242 or
HUM250 or
HUM251
Children's Literature or Children's Literature or Introduction to Literature or American Literature Before 1860 or American Literature After 1860 or Ideas and Values in the Humanities or Ideas and Values in the Humanities EDU291 or ENH291 recommended for the HU Value HU or C, HU or H, HU or H, HU, L 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EDU221 or
EDU230
Introduction to Education or Cultural Diversity In Education Critical course Gateway course SB or C 3
BIO+++ Any SQ or SG Biology Course At least one Natural Sciences course must be SQ. 4
HU Select from ARH100, ARH101, ARH102, DAH100, DAH201, DAH250, MHL140, MHL145, MHL146, MHL153, THE111, or THE220 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
ARH100 Introduction to Art HU 3
ARH101 Prehistoric Through Gothic Art H, HU 3
DAH100 Introduction to Dance HU 3
DAH201 World Dance Studies G, HU 3
DAH250 Dance in Popular Culture C, HU 3
MHL140 Survey of Music History HU 3
MHL145 American Jazz and Popular Music C, HU 3
MHL146 Survey of Broadway Musicals HU 3
MHL153 Rock Music and Culture H, HU 3
THE111 Introduction to Theatre HU 3
THE220 Modern Drama HU, L 3
ARH102 Renaissance Through Contemporary Art H, HU 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EDU222 Introduction to the Exceptional Learner C, SB 3
COM225 Public Speaking L 3
MAT256 Investigating Quantity: Number, Operations and Numeration Systems 4
CIS105 or
BPC110
Survey of Computer Information Systems or Computer Usage and Applications CS 3
EDU Elective Any EDU Course(s) except EDU221, EDU222, EDU230, and EDU250. EDU110 OR EDU220 OR EDU236 OR EDU/HUM/STO292 recommended. 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SG or SQ Select from AGS, ASM, AST, CHM, GPH, GLG, PHS, or PHY At least one Natural Science must be SQ 4
(HIS103 and
POS221)
or
(POS113)
(United States History to 1865 and Arizona Constitution) or (United States and Arizona Social Studies) Students transferring to NAU can petition to use in place of POS220. H, HU, SB or H, SB 3–4
Electives Select from AAA/CPD115, ARH, ART, BPC, CFS/ECH176, CFS205, CIS, ECN, EED215, EDU (except 250) ENG, ENH, GCU, GPH, HIS, MAT (courses numbered higher than MAT141), MHL, MTC, POS, THE, THF, THP, and foreign language or any natural science courses AAEE electives are restricted to these options 5
MAT257 Investigating Geometry, Probability and Statistics 4

Content Area Electives

Select 5 credits from the following:

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EDU221 or
EDU230
Introduction to Education or Cultural Diversity In Education Critical course Gateway course SB or C 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EDU221 or
EDU230
Introduction to Education or Cultural Diversity In Education Critical course Gateway course SB or C 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EDU222 Introduction to the Exceptional Learner C, SB 3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142 or
MAT145 or
MAT146
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics with Review or College Mathematics with Review MA 3–6

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences CFS/ECH176 recommended 3
COM225 Public Speaking L 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS105 or
BPC110
Survey of Computer Information Systems or Computer Usage and Applications CS 3
EDU291 or
ENH291 or
ENH110 or
ENH241 or
ENH242 or
HUM250 or
HUM251
Children's Literature or Children's Literature or Introduction to Literature or American Literature Before 1860 or American Literature After 1860 or Ideas and Values in the Humanities or Ideas and Values in the Humanities EDU291 or ENH291 recommended for the HU Value HU or C, HU or H, HU or H, HU, L 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO+++ Any SQ or SG Biology Course Course At least one Natural Sciences course must be SQ 4
MAT256 Investigating Quantity: Number, Operations and Numeration Systems 4

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT257 Investigating Geometry, Probability and Statistics 4
SG or SQ Select from AGS, ASM, AST, CHM, GPH, GLG, PHS, or PHY At least one Natural Science must be SQ 4

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EDU Elective Any EDU Course(s) except EDU221, EDU222, EDU230, and EDU250. EDU110 OR EDU220 OR EDU236 OR EDU/HUM/STO292 recommended. 3
HU Select from ARH100, ARH101, ARH102, DAH100, DAH201, DAH250, MHL140, MHL145, MHL146, MHL153, THE111, or THE220 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Content Area Content Area Electives 5
HIS103 or
POS221 or
POS113
United States History to 1865 or Arizona Constitution or United States and Arizona Social Studies Students transferring to NAU can petition to use in place of POS220 H, HU, SB or H, SB 1–3
Program Area Key
Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Elementary Education (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=135308).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020