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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Family Life Education

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Family Life Education provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to study in fields related to family life education, human development, or child and family studies. The program includes study of child and adult development, marriage and family relationships, and the intersections of school, community, and family. Students can pursue careers in public, private, and human service agencies working with children, youth, and families. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Child and Family Organizations, Management and Administration is available and can be fully embedded in this AA.

Details

Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Degree Type
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Family Life Education (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
8139
Total credits required
60-64
Catalog Year
2024-2025
Effective Term
Fall 2024
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

For some occupations within this field, students may be required to have a current Identity Verified Print (IVP) Fingerprint Clearance Card and a current TB vaccination. Please consult with your faculty mentor to discuss these and other occupational requirements.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

What You'll Learn

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

  1. Describe the developmental framework, processes, and contexts of human development.
  2. Describe basic research methods, ethical considerations, and cross-cultural research in the family and human development field.
  3. Describe major theories of human development.
  4. Describe the foundations of the family life education field as well as its historical, contemporary, and future contexts.
  5. Evaluate current national and global policies and dynamics that impact family systems.
  6. Analyze emerging issues that impact the development of family social policy.
  7. Compare and contrast historical, social, and political factors, values, and practices that impact diverse family groups.
  8. Describe diverse human behaviors throughout the life cycle.
  9. Apply theories and methodologies used when studying human behavior.
  10. Evaluate the context and the issues of work experiences that impact the family and human development professional.
  11. Apply relevant knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to seek career opportunities in the field.

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 Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. 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.

Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs

$37,620

Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary

$64,740

Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary

$29,580

There are additional career opportunities associated with this degree that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below:
  • Directors, Religious Activities and Education
* Wage information sourced from the . Updated May 2022.

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 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 FYE101 and FYE103. 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.

Pathway Map Option Details

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Full-time Sequence

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

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.

NOTE: This pathway represents the 60 credits required to complete the Associate of Arts at MCCCD. Students in the NAU 90/30 program should consult with their NAU advisor to determine the additional 30 credits they should complete.

NOTE: This pathway represents the 60 credits required to complete the Associate of Arts at MCCCD. Students in the NAU 90/30 program should consult with their NAU advisor to determine the additional 30 credits they should complete. Recommend a four (4) credit or higher math course to complete at least twelve (12) credits of natural science and mathematics.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SB 3
Critical course Gateway course 3
or
or FYC or FYC 3
HU 3
or
or OR Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area.
Recommend for students transferring to UofA.
Recommend a four (4) credit or higher course be completed for students transferring to NAU`s BIS in Applied Human Behavior science track to complete at least twelve (12) credits of natural science and mathematics.
MA or MA 3鈥6
or
or 1鈥3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SB 3
or
or FYC or FYC 3
HU 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or
or
or or or Recommend selecting a course that satisfies COM and SB or COM and L requirements simultaneously if is not required SB or SB or L or SB 0鈥3
OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0鈥3
CS 3
L 3
SQ 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or SG or SQ 4

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

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.

NOTE: This pathway represents the 60 credits required to complete the Associate of Arts at MCCCD. Students in the NAU 90/30 program should consult with their NAU advisor to determine the additional 30 credits they should complete.

NOTE: This pathway represents the 60 credits required to complete the Associate of Arts at MCCCD. Students in the NAU 90/30 program should consult with their NAU advisor to determine the additional 30 credits they should complete. Recommend a four (4) credit or higher math course to complete at least twelve (12) credits of natural science and mathematics.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Critical course Gateway course 3
or
or FYC or FYC 3
or
or 1鈥3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or FYC or FYC 3
or
or OR Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area.
Recommend for students transferring to UofA.
Recommend a four (4) credit or higher course be completed for students transferring to NAU`s BIS in Applied Human Behavior science track to complete at least twelve (12) credits of natural science and mathematics.
MA or MA 3鈥6

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SB 3
SQ 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SB 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU 3
CS 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or
or
or or or Recommend selecting a course that satisfies COM and SB or COM and L requirements simultaneously if is not required SB or SB or L or SB 0鈥3
OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0鈥3
L 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or SG or SQ 4

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits

General Electives

Recommend that students choose general electives from the CFS prefix, specifically the following (if not already required by a student`s chosen transfer subplan):
Family Life Education 3
Human Behavior in Context 3
Cross-cultural Parenting 3
Social Policy and Families 3
Families in Society 3
Sexuality Over the Life Span 3

Students who complete the following courses will satisfy the requirements for the Certificate of Completion (CCL) (5401) in Child and Family Organizations Management and Administration:
Child and Family Organizations: Management and Administration 3
Organization and Community Leadership in Child and Family Organizations 3
Child and Family Organizations: Fiscal Management and Grant Writing 3
Child and Family Organizations: Project Management 3
Portfolio Development and Professional Writing 3
Family and Consumer Science Internship 1

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

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.

View MCCCD鈥檚 for additional details regarding the requirements of this award .

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 advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.