Degrees & Certificates

Notice: Fingerprint Clearance

Several EDU, CFS, EED, ECH and MAT156 & 157 courses include field experience with children, often requiring fingerprint clearance.  Education majors are strongly encouraged to obtain a plastic, Identity Verified Prints (IVP) Department of Public Safety (DPS) fingerprint clearance card as if they are school employees.  It can take several weeks to obtain, so begin the process early.  IVP cards are valid for six years. 

For a listing of local agencies that provide fingerprinting services, see http://healthcare.maricopa.edu/studentsother.php   Offenses that preclude obtaining a fingerprint card are per A.R.S. 41-1758.03

For Early Education Professionals

  • CCL – Certificate of Completion in Early Care Specialist
    • (29 credits)
    • For early care professionals. Certificate credits apply toward the AAS in Early Learning and Development.
  • AAS – Associate in Applied Science in Early Learning and Development
    • (64 credits)
    • For early childhood educators and child care professionals.
  • AAS – Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Administration and Management
    • (63-65 credits)
    • For early childhood educators and child care professionals, especially childcare center / preschool directors, owners and other management-level staff.

View degree & certificate requirements at http://www.maricopa.edu/academic/ccta/curric/progmc.php

For pre-service Early Childhood / Elementary / Special Education Teachers

  • AAEE – Associate in Arts Elementary Education
    • (60-63 credits)
    • For university transfer into bachelor programs leading to teacher certification in Elementary Education (1st-8th), Special Education (K-12th), & Early Childhood Education (birth-3rd).

View degree requirements at http://www.maricopa.edu/academic/ccta/curric/progmc.php

For pre-service Junior High / High School Teachers

  • AA – Associate in Arts
    • (60-64 credits)
    • For Secondary Education majors planning to teach a liberal arts area: Music, P.E., History, Social Studies, Math, English, or Foreign Language. Meet with an advisor to select appropriate courses.
  • AAFA – Associate in Art Fine Arts – Art, Dance or Theatre
    • (63-64 credits)
    • For Secondary Education majors planning to teach Art (K-12), Dance or Theatre.
  • AS – Associate in Science
    • (60-64 credits)
    • For Secondary Education majors planning to teach a science content area: Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. Meet with an advisor to select appropriate courses.

View degree requirements at http://www.maricopa.edu/academic/ccta/curric/progmc.php

For Instructional Assistants / Teacher Aides

  • AAEE – Associate in Arts in Elementary Education
    • (60-63 credits)
  • AA – Associate in Arts
    • (60-64 credits)

View degree requirements at http://www.maricopa.edu/academic/ccta/curric/progmc.php

Professional Endorsements for Certified Teachers

Teacher endorsement courses offered through MCC are scheduled upon school or school district request[Exception: early childhood endorsement courses are regularly offered as well as some of the SEI and ESL courses]. Groups of at least twenty certified, practicing educators meet as cohorts to take evening or summer classes together.  Classes may be held on-site in the requesting district’s buildings or at an MCC campus.  If you are certified but are not an employee of one of our partner school districts, you may still enroll in the teacher endorsement classes offered when space is available.

NOTE: If twenty (20) or more certified educators in your school or district are interested in an on-site cohort, please contact us at 480-461-7890.

NOTE: Some of our courses are available in an internet format. To see if online learning is right for you, go to http://www.mesacc.edu/eLearning/prospective.html