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 to MCC:
- Academic Career
- Degree/Certificate Type
- Career and Technical Associate Degree
- Academic Plan
- Instructional Assistance (AAS)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
- Catalog Year
Successful completion of the Instructional Assistance 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.
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.
|EDU221||Introduction to Education||RC||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 Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097.||FYC||3|
|MAT112||Mathematical Concepts and Applications||Prerequisites: An appropriate mathematics placement score, OR a grade of "C" or better for MAT090, or MAT091, or MAT092, OR (an appropriate diagnostic score, or a grade of "C" or better in each of the following courses: MAT055, MAT056, and MAT057).||OR Satisfactory completion of a higher-level mathematics course||MA||3|
|Child Development or Child Development||RC||3|
|CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking||Prerequisites: (A grade of C or better in ENG101 or ENG107) and (appropriate reading placement test score or a grade of C or better in RDG095 or RDG100 or RDG111 or RDG112 or RDG113 or permission of Instructor).||CR||3|
|EDU222||Introduction to the Exceptional Learner||RC||3|
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101. or Prerequisites: 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||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||COM||3|
|EDU230||Cultural Diversity In Education||RC||3|
|Natural Science||Any general education course from the Natural Sciences area||NS||4|
|EDU220||Introduction to Serving English Language Learners (ELL)||RC||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||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||RE||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||RE||1|
|ECH279||Early Childhood Curriculum Development||RE||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||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||RE||3|
|EDU298++||Special Projects (any suffixed course)||RE||1–3|
|EED212||Guidance, Management and the Environment||RE||3|
|EED215||Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness||RE||3|
|EED245||Early Learning: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development||RE||3|
|EED272||Early Childhood Educational Psychology||RE||3|
|EED278||Early Learning: Curriculum And Instruction - Birth/Preschool||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in EED200.||RE||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.||RE||3|
|PSY101||Introduction to Psychology||RE||3|
|SLC201||Introduction to Linguistics||RE||3|
|SOC101||Introduction to Sociology||RE||3|
|SOC140||Race and Ethnic Relations||RE||3|
|SWU171||Introduction to Social Welfare||Prerequisites: (Grade of C or better in RDG100 or eligibility for CRE101 as indicated by reading placement test score) and (grade of C or better in ENG091 or eligibility for ENG101 as indicated by appropriate writing placement test score).||RE||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||RE||3|
|Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems||RE||3|
|Classroom Relationships or Managing the Classroom||RE||3|
|Foreign Language||Choose from following Foreign Language courses ARB, FRE, GER, ITA, JPN, SPA, SLG||RE||6–8|
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Program 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.
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 Applied Science in Instructional Assistance (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=97471).
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|
|2018-2019||5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019|