Associate in Applied Science in Instructional Assistance

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Degree Information

Academic Plan

AAS Instructional Assistance

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MCCCD Program Detail


Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program. ++ indicates any module/suffixed courses.

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Instructional Assistance program is designed to prepare students for employment as an assistant to the classroom teacher in grades K through 12. The program emphasizes the philosophical, cultural, and linguistic processes involved in teaching children through required coursework in foundations of education combined with practical application within practicum experiences.

Required Courses Credits: 16-18

CFS/ECH176Child Development3
EDU220Introduction to Serving English Language Learners (ELL)3
EDU221Introduction to Education3
EDU222Introduction to the Exceptional Learner3
EDU230Cultural Diversity in Education3
Students must select one of the following technology/computer usage courses
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications (3) OR
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR
ETL102Educational Application of Technology (1)1-3

Restricted Electives

CFS101AHArt Activities for the Young Child1
CFS101AJMusic Activities for the Young Child1
CFS101ARLearning with Toys1
CFS160Using Music, Speech and Movement with Children's Literature1
ECH128Early Learning Play and the Arts3
CFS/ECH273Math for the Young Child1
ECH274Books and Verse for the Young Child1
CFS/ECH275Literacy Development of the Young Child1
ECH279Early Childhood Curriculum Development1
EDU101++Tutor Training and Practicum (any suffixed course)1-3
EDU111Inquiry-Based Instructional Approaches for Science and Mathematics I1
EDU112Inquiry-Based Instructional Approaches for Science and Mathematics II1
EDU233Structured English Immersion, English as a Second Language, and Bilingual Teaching Methods3
EDU270Learning and the Brain3
EDU272Educational Psychology3
EED282++Service-Learning Experience in Early Childhood Education (any suffixed course)1-3
EDU282++Service-Learning Experience in Education (any suffixed course)1-3
EDU/HUM/STO292The Art of Storytelling3
EDU298++Special Projects (any suffixed course)1-3
EED212Guidance, Management and the Environment3
EED215Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness3
EED245Early Learning: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development3
EED272Early Childhood Educational Psychology3
EED278Early Learning: Curriculum and Instruction3
EED280Standards, Observation and Assessment in Early Education3
POS221Arizona Constitution1
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
SLC201Introduction to Linguistics3
SOC101Introduction to Sociology3
SOC241Racial and Ethnic Minorities3
SWU171Introduction to Social Welfare3
THP211Creative Drama3
ENG213Introduction to the Study of Language (3) OR
EPD260Technology in Education Overview (2)2-3
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications (3) OR
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3)3
EDU236Classroom Relationships (3) OR
EDU253Analyzing Behavior and Managing the Classroom (3)3
Choose 6-8 credits from the following Foreign Language courses:
ARB+++ Any ARB/Arabic course (6-8) OR
FRE+++ Any FRE/French course (6-8) OR
GER+++ Any GER/German course (6-8) OR
ITA+++ Any ITA/Italian course (6-8) OR
JPN+++ Any JPN/Japanese course (6-8) OR
SPA+++ Any SPA/Spanish course (6-8) OR
SLG+++ Any SLG/Sign Language course (6-8)6-8

General Education

General Education Requirements Credits: 22-25
First-Year Composition Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Oral Communication Credits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
Critical Reading Credits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment0-3
Math Credits: 3
MAT112Mathematical Concepts and Applications (3) OR
Satisfactory completion of a higher-level mathematics course3
Humanities, Arts and Design Credits: 3
EDU/ENH291Children's Literature3
Natural Sciences Credits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.4
Social-Behavioral Sciences Credits: 3
HIS103United States History to 1865 (3) OR
POS110American National Government (3) OR
GCU/POS113United States and Arizona Social Studies (3)3

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Major: 3119
First Term: 2017 Spring
Final Term: Current
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 60
CIPS code: 13.1501
SOC codes: 25-9041 
Initiating College: Mesa Community College
Program Availability: - MC
Occupational Area: Education and Training
Instructional Council: Education (56)
GPA: 2.00