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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Social Work

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Social Work provides the first two years of a four year curriculum for students intending to transfer into a baccalaureate program to earn a Bachelor of Social Work. With a Bachelor of Social Work, students can receive their Master Social Work in one year (advanced standing) which is the required minimum education for the following career fields: Clinical/Psychotherapy and Policy Administration and Community Practice.

Details

Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Degree Type
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Social Work (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
8117
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.

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. Apply a foundational understanding of evidence based social work practice with individuals, families, groups, community and social action groups.
  2. Demonstrate self-awareness and explain the implications of one`s own personal, cultural values, beliefs and biases toward groups that are different than one`s self.
  3. Practice self-care techniques that promote health, wellness, work-life balance and longevity in the field.
  4. Employ social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  5. Interpret and apply understanding of history and policy as it relates to social work to address social justice and economic well-being and the delivery of effective social work services.
  6. Engage clients using culturally responsive communication skills differentially across diverse and vulnerable client populations and communities to build trust, relationship and rapport toward mutually agreed upon change.
  7. Demonstrate professional writing skills using clear documentation and accurate reports, visual presentations and use of technology skills to enhance effective case management to accomplish competency-based goals.
  8. Conduct evidence-based assessments to develop and evaluate social work practice intervention plans with input from one`s own profession as well as multidisciplinary teams.
  9. Identify and differentiate between facts, opinion, assumption, hypothesis, and conclusions to explain the impact of institutional racism, sexism and ageism on clients, communities and social work practice.
  10. Use the various roles of case management such as knowledge of community resources, broker, advocate, networking and referral to inform social work practice.
  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.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

$41,560

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

$61,000

* 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.

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.

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 H, SB 3
or
or Critical course FYC or FYC 3
or
or SB or SB 3
Interdisciplinary Requirement Interdisciplinary Requirement Students must choose two classes from at least two of the three area tracks 3
or
Second Language
or Any 101 Level Language Course Cultures or Language: Completion of three courses in cultural diversity or Completion of a language courses at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent) C or None 3鈥5
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
or
or or or SB or SB or L or SB 0鈥3
or
or SB or SB 3
or
or FYC or FYC 3
L 0鈥3
OR Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3鈥6
or
or
or or HU or HU or HU 3
Second Language Any 102 Level Language Course 0鈥5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or SB or None 3
Recommend CS 3
or
Second Language
or Any 201 Level Language Course Cultures or Language: Completion of three courses in cultural diversity or Completion of a language courses at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent) C or None 3鈥5
3
or
or SG or SQ 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Course carries C and SB values and meets ASU Cultural Sequence #3 C, SB 3
HU 3
or
Second Language
or Any 202 Level Language Course Cultures or Language: Completion of three courses in cultural diversity or Completion of a language courses at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent) C or None 0鈥5
Recommend selecting a course that satisfies L and COM or L and requirements simultaneously. L 3
SQ 4
Interdisciplinary Requirement Interdisciplinary Requirement Students must choose two classes from at least two of the three area tracks 3
Elective Elective Recommend or or . 0鈥3

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.

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 H, SB 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 SB or SB 3
or
or FYC or FYC 3
L 0鈥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 SB or SB 3
Critical course OR Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3鈥6

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or
or or HU or HU or HU 3
Interdisciplinary Requirement Interdisciplinary Requirement Students must choose two classes from at least two of the three area tracks 3
or
or
or
or or or None or SB or L or SB 0鈥3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or SB or None 3
Recommend CS 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
3
or
Second Language
or Any 101 Level Language Course Cultures or Language: Completion of three courses in cultural diversity or Completion of a language courses at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent) C or None 3鈥5

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Course carries C and SB values and meets ASU Cultural Sequence #3 3
or
Second Language
or Any 102 Level Language Course Cultures or Language: Completion of three courses in cultural diversity or Completion of a language courses at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent) C or None 0鈥5

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or SG or SQ 4
or
Second Language
or Any 201 Level Language Course Cultures or Language: Completion of three courses in cultural diversity or Completion of a language courses at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent) C or None 3鈥5

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
3
Interdisciplinary Requirement Interdisciplinary Requirement Students must choose two classes from at least two of the three area tracks 3
Second Language Any 202 Level Language Course 0鈥5

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Recommend selecting a course that satisfies L and COM or L and requirements simultaneously. 3
4
Elective Elective Recommend or or . 0鈥3

Interdisciplinary Requirement Tracks:

Students must choose two classes from at least two of the three area tracks:

Interdisciplinary Requirement Track One:

Introduction To Criminal Justice or
Juvenile Justice Procedures or
Substantive Criminal Law or
Community Relations

Interdisciplinary Requirement Track Two:

21st Century Public Policy and Service or
Public Affairs Economics

Interdisciplinary Requirement Track Three:

Leisure and the Quality of Life

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 .

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