Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Secondary Education

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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Education

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Secondary Education provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution and earn a bachelor`s degree in secondary education leading to teacher certification for grades 6-12 in Earth and Space Science, English, History/Social Studies, Mathematics, Physical Education, Political Science, or Spanish. Education and discipline specific courses provide future teachers with the knowledge and skills related to educational philosophies, policies, attitudes, behaviors, and instruction in order to effectively perform the duties associated with the position of a classroom teacher. Students will participate in classroom field experiences to connect theory with practice.

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Field of Interest
Education
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Secondary Education (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
8140
Total Credits Required
60-64
Catalog Year
2021-2022
Program Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course to transfer.

Special GPA requirements may apply to concentration area courses within a specific emphasis as noted:

English ASU Emphases - 2.5 GPA in English concentration area courses beyond First Year Composition.

State certification requirements include demonstration of proficiency in the constitutions of the United States and Arizona. Proficiency can be demonstrated via the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA) Constitutions of the United States and Arizona test or by taking appropriate coursework: GCU/POS113, HIS103 and POS221, POS221 and POS222, or POS220.

Identity Verified Prints (IVP) Fingerprint Clearance Card is required for participation in field experiences and for admission to a university teacher education program. Applicants must present an IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card to be copied by the advisor or designee. Please contact your advisor for information about obtaining the IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges to earn a degree with this emphasis.

Transfer Options

This pathway map can lead to multiple transfer options.

A list of available transfer options for the Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Secondary Education program
Transfer Partner Degree Type Transfer Program
Arizona State University (Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College) Bachelor of Arts in Education Secondary Education (Earth and Space Sciences)
Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Science in Education Secondary Education - Earth Science
Arizona State University (Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College) Bachelor of Arts in Education Secondary Education (English)
Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Bachelor of Arts English (Secondary Education)
Arizona State University (New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences) Bachelor of Arts English (Secondary Education)
Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Science in Education Secondary Education - English
Arizona State University (Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College) Bachelor of Arts in Education Secondary Education (History)
Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Bachelor of Arts History (Secondary Education)
Arizona State University (New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences) Bachelor of Arts History (Secondary Education)
Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Science in Education Secondary Education - History and Social Studies
Arizona State University (Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College) Bachelor of Arts in Education Secondary Education (Mathematics)
Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Bachelor of Science Mathematics (Secondary Education)
Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Science in Education Secondary Education - Mathematics
Arizona State University (Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College) Bachelor of Arts in Education Secondary Education (Physical Education)
Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Science in Education Health Sciences - Physical Education
Arizona State University (Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College) Bachelor of Arts in Education Secondary Education (Political Science)
Arizona State University (Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College) Bachelor of Arts in Education Secondary Education (Spanish)
Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Science in Education Secondary Education - Spanish

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of secondary education content area.
  2. Analyze instruction, relationships, and classroom management strategies observed in classroom field experience.
  3. Exhibit a foundational knowledge of human development, teaching and learning theories, instructional strategies, cultural differences, and/or inclusive educational practices to individualize instruction for diverse learners.
  4. Demonstrate ongoing learning and use evidence to continually evaluate professional growth, ethics, knowledge, skills, and dispositions (e.g. collaboration, professionalism, reflection, time management, effective communication).
  5. Synthesize knowledge of current and historical influences on education at the local, state, federal and/or global levels.
  6. Advocate for the role of education in a democratic society through participation in community activities, demonstrating respect for differing cultures and values.
  7. Describe accepted professional and ethical standards of conduct that guide interactions with peers, students, teachers, administrators, and community members.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree 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 degree. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Education Administrators for Elementary and Secondary Schools

$83,721

Educational, Guidance, and Vocational Counselors

$52,486

Instructional Designers and Technologists

$61,313

* 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:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • 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 current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the available transfer institutions and what degrees you may be able to transfer into.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated in the course sequence below. The differences between individual pathway map options may only be a few courses.

Note: You will have to select one of the options below to view available course sequences.

Full-time Sequence

To view course sequences, select one of the pathway map options above.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Part-time Sequence

To view course sequences, select one of the pathway map options above.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.