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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

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 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.

Successful completion of the Associate in Arts, Elementary Education program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Education Administrators for Elementary and Secondary Schools

$78,036

Educational, Guidance, and Vocational Counselors

$50,698

Special Education Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers

$46,333

Special Education Secondary School Teachers

$47,935

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

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 may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EDU221 or
EDU230
Introduction to Education or Cultural Diversity In Education Critical course Gateway course SB or C 3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142 or
MAT145 or
MAT146
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics with Review or College Mathematics with Review MA 3–6
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Gateway course FYC 3
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences CFS/ECH176 recommended 3
EDU291 or
ENH291 or
ENH110 or
ENH241 or
ENH242 or
HUM250 or
HUM251
Children's Literature or Children's Literature or Introduction to Literature or American Literature Before 1860 or American Literature After 1860 or Ideas and Values in the Humanities or Ideas and Values in the Humanities EDU291 or ENH291 recommended for the HU Value HU or C, HU or HU or HU or H, HU or H, HU, L 3
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EDU221 or
EDU230
Introduction to Education or Cultural Diversity In Education Critical course Gateway course SB or C 3
SQ Any SQ Natural Sciences Course Select from BIO. At least one Natural Sciences course must be SQ 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 FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Meets a prerequisite to MAT 256. Student could test into MAT15x or higher and thus be exempt from needing MAT12x. L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EDU222 Introduction to the Exceptional Learner C, SB 3
COM225 Public Speaking L 3
MAT256 Investigating Quantity: Number, Operations and Numeration Systems 4
CIS105 or
BPC110
Survey of Computer Information Systems or Computer Usage and Applications CS 3
EDU Elective Any EDU Course(s) except EDU221, EDU222, EDU230, and EDU250. EDU110 OR EDU220 OR EDU236 OR EDU/HUM/STO292 recommended. 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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) Students transferring to NAU can petition to use in place of POS220. H, HU, SB or H, SB 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

Content Area Electives

Select 5 credits from the following: 

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AAA115 or
CPD115
Creating College Success or Creating College Success 1
ARH+++ Any ARH Art Humanities course(s) 3
ART+++ Any ART Art course(s) 3
CFS176 or
ECH176
Child Development or Child Development SB 3
CFS205 Human Development SB 3
CIS+++ Any CIS Computer Information Systems course(s) 3
ECN+++ Any ECN Economics course(s) 3
BPC+++ Any BPC Business-Personal Computers course(s) 3
EED215 Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness 3
EDU+++ Any EDU Education course(s) (except EDU221, EDU222, EDU230, and EDU250) 3
ENG+++ Any ENG English course(s) 3
ENH+++ Any ENH English Humanities course(s) 3
GCU+++ Any GCU Cultural Geography course(s) 3
GPH+++ Any GPH Physical Geography course(s) 3
HIS+++ Any HIS History course(s) 3
MAT+++ Any MAT Mathematics course(s) higher than MAT142 (except MAT256 and MAT257) 3
MHL+++ Any MHL Music: History/Literature course(s) 3
MTC+++ Any MTC Music: Theory/Composition course(s) 3
POS+++ Any POS Political Science course(s) 3
THE+++ Any THE Theatre course(s) 3
THF+++ Any THF Theatre and Film course(s) 3
THP+++ Any THP Theatre Performance/Production course(s) 3
Foreign Language Any foreign Language course 4–5
Natural Science Any Natural Science course 4

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EDU221 or
EDU230
Introduction to Education or Cultural Diversity In Education Critical course Gateway course SB or C 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Gateway course FYC 3
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EDU221 or
EDU230
Introduction to Education or Cultural Diversity In Education Critical course Gateway course SB or C 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Gateway course FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Meets a prerequisite to MAT 256. Student could test into MAT15x or higher and thus be exempt from needing MAT12x. L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EDU222 Introduction to the Exceptional Learner C, SB 3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142 or
MAT145 or
MAT146
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics with Review or College Mathematics with Review MA 3–6

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences CFS/ECH176 recommended 3
COM225 Public Speaking L 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS105 or
BPC110
Survey of Computer Information Systems or Computer Usage and Applications CS 3
EDU291 or
ENH291 or
ENH110 or
ENH241 or
ENH242 or
HUM250 or
HUM251
Children's Literature or Children's Literature or Introduction to Literature or American Literature Before 1860 or American Literature After 1860 or Ideas and Values in the Humanities or Ideas and Values in the Humanities EDU291 or ENH291 recommended for the HU Value HU or C, HU or HU or HU or H, HU or H, HU, L 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SQ Any SQ Natural Sciences Course Select from BIO. At least one Natural Sciences course must be SQ 4
MAT256 Investigating Quantity: Number, Operations and Numeration Systems 4

Term 7

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

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EDU Elective Any EDU Course(s) except EDU221, EDU222, EDU230, and EDU250. EDU110 OR EDU220 OR EDU236 OR EDU/HUM/STO292 recommended. 3
HU Select from ARH100, ARH101, ARH102, DAH100, DAH201, DAH250, MHL140, MHL145, MHL146, MHL153, THE111, or THE220 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Content Area Content Area Electives 5
HIS103 or
POS221 or
POS113
United States History to 1865 or Arizona Constitution or United States and Arizona Social Studies Students transferring to NAU can petition to use in place of POS220 H, HU, SB or H, SB 1–3

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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.

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