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Associate in Arts, Elementary Education

The Associate in Arts, Elementary Education (AAEE) provides the first two years of a four year curriculum for the student who plans to transfer to an Elementary Education or Special Education program at an Arizona public higher education institution. Upon completion of the AAEE, a student may pursue employment as a classroom instructional aide. Upon completion of a bachelor`s degree, a student may pursue a career as an elementary school teacher or as a special education teacher. With further education or certification, students may pursue employment in the field of education in a number of careers including but not limited to assistant principal, principal, educational administrator, instructional designer, instructional technologist, instructional coordinator, and educational counselor.

Details

Field of Interest
Education
Degree Type
Associate in Arts, Elementary Education (AAEE)
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Elementary Education (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
8101
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.

As a prerequisite to MAT256, students may place into MAT150 or MAT151 or MAT152 and complete MAT140 or MAT141 or MAT142 with a C in lieu of taking both MAT14+ and MAT12+ or taking MAT15+. A student that tests into MAT15+ can take MAT15+ or MAT14+ prior to MAT256. A student that tests into MAT14+ or lower must take MAT12+ and MAT14+ prior to MAT256.

Students must petition NAU to accept (GCU/POS113) OR (HIS103 and POS221) for POS220.

State certification requirements include courses on the constitutions of US and Arizona. Taking GCU/POS113 for [SB] fulfills this requirement completely. Students who instead take HIS103 or POS110 for [SB] should consider taking POS221 as a Content Area Elective so they have completed study of both constitutions. POS220 meets state certification requirements for both constitutions but does not meet [SB].

What You'll Learn

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

  1. Evaluate the role and impact of various forms of education in a democracy as an active citizen and participate in their communities in constructive ways that demonstrate respect for differing cultures and values.
  2. Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of reading, writing, oral language, mathematics, science, social studies, technology, information literacy and art.
  3. Analyze K-12 classroom field experience and correlate it with course concepts.
  4. Demonstrate ongoing learning and use evidence to continually evaluate his/her professional growth, ethics, knowledge, skills, and dispositions (e.g. collaboration, professionalism, reflection, time management, effective communication).
  5. Utilize a foundational knowledge of child development (e.g. physical, cognitive, linguistic, social, and emotional domains), teaching and learning theories, cultural differences, and/or inclusive educational practices for diverse learners.
  6. Synthesize knowledge of current and historical influences on education at the local, state, federal and/or global levels to effectively engage in the professional policies and the political process.
  7. 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.

Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary

$80,590

Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors

$50,030

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

$48,480

Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School

$51,640

Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary

$29,580

* 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
or
or Critical course Gateway course SB or C, HU 3
or
or
or or Or any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area for which is a prerequisite.

Note: , 206, 256, 257 do not meet the [MA] requirement. Students need to complete MAT14x and MAT12x OR MAT14x and satisfactory placement in MAT15x OR MAT15x or higher in order to meet prerequisites (in future term).
MA or MA or MA 3鈥6
or
or Critical course FYC or FYC 3
or
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or
or
or
or
or or or or or or or or recommended SB or SB or SB or SB or G, SB or G, SB or H, SB or SB 3
or
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or
or
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or or or or or or recommended HU or C, HU or C, HU, L or HU or H, HU or H, HU, L 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 Critical course Gateway course SB or C, HU 3
Select from BIO. At least one Natural Sciences course must be SQ. SQ 4
or
or
or
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or
or
or
or
or
or or or or or or or or or or or HU or H, HU or H, HU or HU or G, HU or C, HU or HU or C, HU or HU or H, HU or HU or HU, L 3
or
or Critical course 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
C, SB 3
L 3
4
or
or
or or CS or CS or CS 3
Select one additional EDU course (other than , 222, 230 or 250). Recommend , , , EDU/HUM/. 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or Select from AGS, ASM, AST, CHM, GPH, GLG, PHS or PHY. At least one Natural Science must be SQ. SQ or SG 4
or
or
or or Students must petition NAU to accept (GCU/) OR ( and ) for . H, SB or H, HU, SB or SB 3
RE Content Area Electives 5
Note: is required for Maricopa, NAU and UA bachelor`s degree. should only be bypassed if transferring to ASU 0鈥4

Content Area Electives

Select five (5) credits from the following:

A list of additional, alternative, or supplemental courses for this pathway map
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
3
3
3
SB 3
SB 3
3
3
3
or
( and
)
or ( and ) 2鈥3
3
3
3
3
3
3鈥5
3
3
3
3
3
3
Second Language Any Second Language course 4鈥5
3鈥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.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or Critical course Gateway course SB or C, HU 3
or
or Critical course 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 Critical course Gateway course SB or C, HU 3
or
or Critical course 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
C, SB 3
or
or
or or Or any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area for which is a prerequisite.

Note: , 206, 256, 257 do not meet the [MA] requirement. Students need to complete MAT14x and MAT12x OR MAT14x and satisfactory placement in MAT15x OR MAT15x or higher in order to meet prerequisites (in future term).
MA or MA or 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
L 3
or
or
or
or
or
or
or
or or or or or or or or recommended SB or SB or SB or SB or G, SB or G, SB or H, SB or SB 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
or or CS or CS or CS 3
or
or
or
or
or
or or or or or or recommended HU or C, HU or C, HU, L or HU or H, HU or H, HU, L 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Select from BIO. At least one Natural Sciences course must be SQ. SQ 4
4

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Note: is required for Maricopa, NAU and UA bachelor`s degree. should only be bypassed if transferring to ASU 0鈥4
or
or Select from AGS, ASM, AST, CHM, GPH, GLG, PHS or PHY. At least one Natural Science must be SQ. SQ or SG 4

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Select one additional EDU course (other than , 222, 230 or 250). Recommend , , , EDU/HUM/. 3
or
or
or
or
or
or
or
or
or
or
or
or or or or or or or or or or or HU or H, HU or H, HU or HU or G, HU or C, HU or HU or C, HU or HU or H, HU or HU or HU, L 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RE Content Area Electives 5
or
or
or or Students must petition NAU to accept (GCU/) OR ( and ) for . H, SB or H, HU, SB or SB 3

Content Area Electives

Select five (5) credits from the following:

A list of additional, alternative, or supplemental courses for this pathway map
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
3
3
3
SB 3
SB 3
3
3
3
or
( and
)
or ( and ) 2鈥3
3
3
3
3
3
3鈥5
3
3
3
3
3
3
Second Language Any Second Language course 4鈥5
3鈥4
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.