Associate in Applied Science in Instructional Assistance

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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.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Degree
Academic Plan
Instructional Assistance (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3119
Total Credits Required
60–65

Career Opportunities

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
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

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
15
EDU221 Introduction to Education RC 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
MAT112 Mathematical Concepts and Applications OR Satisfactory completion of a higher-level mathematics course Mathematics 3
Restricted Electives RE 6

Term 2

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
16-18
CFS176 or
ECH176
Child Development or Child Development RC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Critical Rdg 3
EDU222 Introduction to the Exceptional Learner RC 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
BPC110 or
CIS105 or
ETL102
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
Restricted Electives RE 3

Term 3

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
16
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication Oral Comm 3
EDU230 Cultural Diversity In Education RC 3
Natural Science Any general education course from the Natural Sciences area NS 4
Restricted Electives RE 6

Term 4

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
16
EDU220 Introduction to Serving English Language Learners (ELL) RC 3
EDU291 or
ENH291
Children's Literature or Children's Literature HU 3
Restricted Electives RE 7
HIS103 or
POS110 or
POS227
United States History to 1865 or American National Government or United States and Arizona Social Studies SB 3

Program Electives

Select from the following courses to meet the Restricted Electives requirements.

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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 RE 1
EDU233 Structured English Immersion, English as a Second Language, and Bilingual Teaching Methods RE 3
EDU270 Learning and the Brain RE 3
EDU272 Educational Psychology RE 3
EDU282++ or
EED282++
Service-Learning Experience in Education (any suffixed course) RE 1–3
EDU292 or
HUM292 or
STO292
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 RE 3
EED280 Standards, Observation and Assessment of Typical/Atypical Behaviors of Young Children Birth to Age 8 RE 3
POS221 Arizona Constitution RE 1
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 RE 3
THP211 Creative Drama RE 3
ENG213 or
EPD260
Introduction to the Study of Language or Technology in Education Overview RE 3
BPC110 or
CIS105
Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems RE 3
EDU236 or
EDU253
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

  • 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.

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).

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