Associate in Arts, Elementary Education (AAEE) Associate in Arts, Elementary Education

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Teachers shape the future by nurturing our children and instilling in them a desire for knowledge. Educators instruct and inspire the next generation of authors, researchers, mathematicians, problem-solvers, and leaders. They’re instrumental in cultivating curiosity and stimulating young minds.

MCC’s coursework in early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, special education, physical education, and art education will equip you with the latest teaching methodologies and prepare you for a career in today’s innovative, technology-driven learning environment. In addition to classroom learning, you’ll have the opportunity to actively apply your skills in area schools. Your career as a teacher begins at MCC.

The AAEE degree is recommended for Elementary and Special Education majors. For other teacher education majors, contact an advisor to select the appropriate degree path.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Elementary Education (AAEE) (AAEE)
Academic Plan Code
8101
Total Credits Required
60–70
Catalog Year
2018-2019

Transfer Pathways

This pathway map can lead to multiple transfer pathway options, including some of Arizona’s private universities.

A list of available transfer options for the Associate in Arts, Elementary Education program
Transfer Partner Degree Type Transfer Program
Arizona State University Bachelor of Arts in Education Elementary Education
Arizona State University Bachelor of Arts in Education Special Education
Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Arts in Education Elementary Education
Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Arts in Education Special Education
University of Arizona Bachelor of Arts in Education Elementary Education
University of Arizona Bachelor of Arts in Education Special Education

What You’ll Learn

This program will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  • Apply a foundational knowledge of child development, teaching and learning theories, cultural differences, and/or effective educational practices for diverse learners.
  • 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.
  • Explain how educational theory applies to real world contexts.
  • Describe and demonstrate key dispositions (e.g. collaboration, professionalism, self-initiative, time management, and effective oral and written communication) of an effective teacher.
  • Explain basic scientific theories and concepts as they apply to teaching multiple subjects in the general K-8 classroom.
  • Explain real world applications of the fine arts as they relate to teaching multiple subjects in the general K-8 classroom.

Career Opportunities

Today’s educational system is evolving, and there are more opportunities than ever for making a difference. Choose to work in a public, private, charter, or online school, or in a nontraditional setting, such as a juvenile system or children's hospital.

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education $43,280
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education $42,800
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education $46,470
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School $44,780
Special Education Teachers, Middle School $43,420
Special Education Teachers, Secondary School $47,180
Teacher Assistants $23,340
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

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 placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
15-16
CFS176 or
ECH176
Child Development or Child Development Course carries SB Value 3
EDU221 or
EDU230
Introduction to Education or Cultural Diversity In Education Critical course 3
EDU291 Children's Literature Course carries HU Value 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Gateway course 3
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics Course carries MA Value.
Complete MAT141 or MAT142 or Higher Level Math Course
3–4

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
13-18
EDU221 or
EDU230
Introduction to Education or Cultural Diversity In Education Critical course 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Gateway course 3
HU Select from ARH100, ARH101, ARH102, DAH100, DAH201, DAH250, MHL140, MHL145, MHL146, MHL153, THE111, or THE220 Meets the HU requirement 3
MAT120 or
MAT121 or
MAT122
Intermediate Algebra or Intermediate Algebra or Intermediate Algebra Meets a prerequisite to MAT 256. Student could test into MAT15x or higher and thus be exempt from needing MAT12x. 0–5
SQ or SG Select any Natural Sciences Course from BIO At least one Natural Science must be SQ 4

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16-19
CIS105 or
BPC110
Survey of Computer Information Systems or Computer Usage and Applications Course carries CS Value 3
COM225 Public Speaking COM225 meets both the L and the COM requirements 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Course carries L Value 0–3
EDU222 Introduction to the Exceptional Learner Course carries C, SB Values 3
Electives Any EDU Course(s) except EDU221, EDU222, EDU230, and EDU250 AAEE electives requirement 3
MAT256 Investigating Quantity: Number, Operations and Numeration Systems 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16-17
(HIS103 and
POS221)
or
(POS113)
(United States History to 1865 and Arizona Constitution) or (United States and Arizona Social Studies) HIS103 or POS113 carry the SB and H Values 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
SG or SQ Select from AGS, ASM, AST, CHM, GPH, GLG, PHS, or PHY At least one Natural Science must be SQ 4

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
9
CFS176 or
ECH176
Child Development or Child Development Course carries SB Value 3
EDU221 or
EDU230
Introduction to Education or Cultural Diversity In Education Critical course 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Gateway course 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-9
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Course carries L Value 0–3
EDU221 or
EDU230
Introduction to Education or Cultural Diversity In Education Critical course 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Gateway course 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
9-10
COM225 Public Speaking COM225 meets both the L and the COM requirements 3
EDU222 Introduction to the Exceptional Learner Course carries C, SB Values 3
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics Course carries MA Value.
Complete MAT141 or MAT142 or Higher Level Math Course
3–4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-11
CIS105 or
BPC110
Survey of Computer Information Systems or Computer Usage and Applications Course carries CS Value 3
EDU291 Children's Literature Course carries HU Value 3
MAT120 or
MAT121 or
MAT122
Intermediate Algebra or Intermediate Algebra or Intermediate Algebra Meets a prerequisite to MAT 256. Student could test into MAT15x or higher and thus be exempt from needing MAT12x. 0–5

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
8
MAT256 Investigating Quantity: Number, Operations and Numeration Systems 4
SQ or SG Select any Natural Sciences Course from BIO At least one Natural Science must be SQ 4

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
8
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 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
Electives Any EDU Course(s) except EDU221, EDU222, EDU230, and EDU250 AAEE electives requirement 3
HU Select from ARH100, ARH101, ARH102, DAH100, DAH201, DAH250, MHL140, MHL145, MHL146, MHL153, THE111, or THE220 Meets the HU requirement 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
8-9
(HIS103 and
POS221)
or
(POS113)
(United States History to 1865 and Arizona Constitution) or (United States and Arizona Social Studies) HIS103 or POS113 carry the SB and H Values 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

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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Disclaimer

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

This Course Sequence is a “shared” program or a program that is offered at multiple Maricopa colleges. The colleges offering the program collaborate on the sequencing of the courses. However, since each college may differ in course scheduling and faculty availability, Course Sequences may vary by college, but should not impact program applicability or transfer.

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

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts - Elementary Education in Associate in Arts, Elementary Education (AAEE) (https://curriculum.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/aaee1819.pdf).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.