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 part of a teacher preparation program.  It can take a few 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 www.azdps.gov/Services/Fingerprint/#1 Offenses that preclude obtaining a fingerprint card are per A.R.S. 41-1758.03

For Early Education Professionals

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 (K-8th), Special Education (K-12th), & Early Childhood Education (birth-3rd).

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.

For Instructional Assistants / Teacher Aides

Professional Endorsements for Certified Teachers

Teacher endorsement courses offered through MCC are scheduled only upon school or school district request. There must be at least twenty certified, practicing educators enrolled to meet as cohorts in evening or summer classes together.  Classes may be held on-site in the requesting district’s buildings or at an MCC campus.  [Exception: early childhood endorsement courses are regularly offered as well as some of the SEI and ESL courses].

Professional Development / Endorsement Options at MCC: go to https://www.mesacc.edu/departments/education-studies/professional-development

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.