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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.
Important information you’ll need when applying for admission:
- Field of Interest
- Associate Degree
- Academic Plan
- Instructional Assistance (DEG)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
- Catalog Year
- Program Notes
Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
What You’ll Learn
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Implement developmentally and culturally appropriate instructional strategies and materials.
- Accommodate field-sensitive and field independent styles of teaching and learning.
- Explain the basic philosophical premises of first and second language acquisition as well as the role of culture in learning.
- Participate in K-12 classroom field experiences as an assistant to the teacher.
- Include multicultural literature in instruction to increase cultural awareness and sensitivity.
- Evaluate and apply various computer/technology applications for educational purposes.
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.
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.
- Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.
Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.
|EDU221||Introduction to Education||SB||3|
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097 or WAC101, or a grade of B or better in ALT100, or (a grade of C in ALT100 AND Corequisites: ENG101LL or ENG107LL OR WAC101 OR ENG100A+). or Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097 or WAC101, or a grade of B or better in ALT100, or (a grade of C in ALT100 AND Corequisites: ENG101LL or ENG107LL OR WAC101 OR ENG100A+).||FYC||3|
|MAT112||Mathematical Concepts and Applications||OR Satisfactory completion of a higher-level mathematics course||3|
|Child Development or Child Development||SB||3|
|CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in [(ENG101 or ENG107) and (RDG095 or RDG100 or RDG100LL or RDG111 or RDG112 or RDG113)] or a grade of B or better in ALT100 or an appropriate district placement or permission of Instructor.||L||3|
|EDU222||Introduction to the Exceptional Learner||C, SB||3|
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG107.||FYC||3|
|Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems or Educational Application of Technology||Students must select one of the following technology/computer usage courses||CS or RC||1–3|
|Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication||No requisites or No requisites or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101, or ENG107, or equivalent. or No requisites||SB or L||3|
|EDU230||Cultural Diversity In Education||C||3|
|Natural Science||Any general education course from the Natural Sciences area||NS||4|
|EDU220||Introduction to Serving English Language Learners (ELL)||3|
|Children's Literature or Children's Literature||HU||3|
|United States History to 1865 or American National Government or United States and Arizona Social Studies||H, HU, SB or SB or H, SB||3|
Select from the following courses to meet the Restricted Electives requirements.
|CFS101AR||Learning With Toys||RE||1|
|CFS160||Using Music, Speech, And Movement With Children's Literature||RE||1|
|ECH128||Early Learning: Play And The Arts||3|
|ECH273||Math for the Young Child||RE||1|
|ECH274||Books And Verse For The Young Child||RE||1|
|ECH275||Literacy Development and the Young Child||1|
|ECH279||Early Childhood Curriculum Development||1|
|EDU101++||Tutor Training and Practicum (any suffixed course)||RE||1–3|
|EDU111||Inquiry-Based Instructional Approaches for Science and Mathematics I||RE||1|
|EDU112||Inquiry-Based Instructional Approaches for Science and Mathematics II||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in EDU111.||RE||1|
|EDU233||Structured English Immersion, English as a Second Language, and Bilingual Teaching Methods||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in (EDU220 or EPD220) or permission of Department or Division.||RE||3|
|EDU270||Learning And The Brain||Prerequisites: Baccalaureate Degree and formal acceptance to a Maricopa Community College state approved post-baccalaureate teacher preparation program or permission of Department or Division.||RE||3|
|Service-Learning Experience in Education (any suffixed course)||RE||1–3|
|The Art of Storytelling or The Art of Storytelling or The Art of Storytelling||C, HU||3|
|EDU298++||Special Projects (any suffixed course)||RE||1–3|
|EED212||Guidance, Management and the Environment||3|
|EED215||Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness||3|
|EED245||Early Learning: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development||3|
|EED272||Early Childhood Educational Psychology||3|
|EED278||Early Learning: Curriculum And Instruction - Birth/Preschool||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in EED200.||3|
|EED280||Standards, Observation and Assessment of Typical/Atypical Behaviors of Young Children Birth to Age 8||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CFS/ECH176, or CFS235, or EED205.||3|
|PSY101||Introduction to Psychology||SB||3|
|SLC201||Introduction to Linguistics||HU, SB||3|
|SOC101||Introduction to Sociology||SB||3|
|SOC140||Race and Ethnic Relations||C, SB||3|
|SWU171||Introduction to Social Work||H, SB||3|
|Introduction to the Study of Language or Technology in Education Overview||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG102, or ENG111, or permission of Instructor. or No requisites||HU, SB or RE||2–3|
|Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems||CS||3|
|Classroom Relationships or Analyzing Behavior and Managing the Classroom||No requisites or Prerequisites: Formal acceptance to a Maricopa Community College undergraduate state approved teacher preparation program or permission of Department or Division.||RE||3|
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Course Area Key
Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an academic advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.
View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Instructional Assistance (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=157467).
The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:
|Catalog Year||Effective Dates|
|2021-2022||(Current) 5/25/2021 – 5/23/2022|
|2020-2021||5/26/2020 – 5/24/2021|
|2019-2020||5/28/2019 – 5/25/2020|
|2018-2019||5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019|