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)
Academic Plan Code
8101
Total Credits Required
60-68
Catalog Year
2019-2020

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
Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Arts in Education Elementary Education
University of Arizona Bachelor of Arts in Education Elementary 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
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School $75,470
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors $47,620
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education $43,280
Instructional Coordinators $50,840
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
EDU221 or
EDU230
Introduction to Education or Cultural Diversity In Education Critical course 3
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics MAT141 carries the MA Value or MAT142 carries the MA Value 3–4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Gateway course 3
CFS176 or
ECH176
Child Development or Child Development CFS176 carries the SB Value or ECH176 carries the SB Value 3
EDU291 Children's Literature EDU291 carries the HU Value 3

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
SQ Any SQ Natural Sciences Course 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 Gateway course 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 3

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

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16-17
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) 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

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 CFS176 carries the SB Value or ECH176 carries the SB Value 3
EDU221 or
EDU230
Introduction to Education or Cultural Diversity In Education Critical course EDU230 carries the C Value 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
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
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking CRE101 carries the L Value 0–3

Term 3

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

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 CIS105 carries the CS Value or BPC110 carries the CS Value 3
EDU291 or
ENH291
Children's Literature or Children's Literature EDU291 carries the HU Value or ENH291 carries the 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 Select any SQ Natural Sciences Course from BIO 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
EDU 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 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 carries the H, HU, SB Values.
Students transferring to NAU can petition to use in place of POS220 or POS113 carries the H, SB 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 (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=135308).

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