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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Counseling and Applied Psychological Science

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Counseling and Applied Psychological Science provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in counseling and applied psychological science or are preparing for graduate programs in counseling or related fields. The program provides a foundation in counseling theories, counseling skills, career and lifespan development, ethics and research methods, and multicultural competence. Graduates will not be license-eligible as professional counselors, but will be prepared to enter an undergraduate degree program in counseling and applied psychological science. Graduates of the associate`s program may qualify for entry-level employment such as social and human service assistants or psychiatric technicians in community agencies, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and other behavioral healthcare delivery settings to support counselors and other mental health professionals.

Students who complete a bachelor`s degree within the field may be prepared to enter a graduate program in counseling or pursue careers including but not limited to: social and community service managers, social science research assistants, probation officers and correctional treatment specialists, and education administrators (postsecondary).

Upon completion of a graduate degree students may pursue a number of careers, including but not limited to: clinical, counseling, and school psychologists, counseling psychologists, educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors, substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, rehabilitation counselors, and psychology teachers (postsecondary).

Details

Academic Plan Code: 
8137
Award: 
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Counseling and Applied Psychological Science
Total credits required: 
60-66
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

This program aligns with the requirements of the Counseling and Applied Psychological Science (BS) Maricopa-ASU Pathways Program (MAPP) at Arizona State University (ASU), Polytechnic, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Describe foundational counseling theories, research methods, and data analysis. (CPD120, CPD220, CPD240, CPD260, CRE101, PSY101, PSY230, PSY231, PSY290AB, PSY290AC, [FYC], [MA], [SQ])
  • Demonstrate use of oral, written, and interpersonal communication and basic helping skills needed within the counseling field. (CPD120, CPD220, CPD240, CPD260, CRE101, PSY101, PSY230, PSY231, PSY290AB, PSY290AC, (COM), [FYC], [HU], [SQ])
  • Develop an awareness of self and others in a multicultural society. (CPD120, CPD220, CPD240, CPD260, CRE101, PSY101, (COM), [FYC], [HU])
  • Explain fundamental-level ethical and professional considerations in practice and research common in the field. (CPD120, CPD220, CPD240, CPD260, PSY101, PSY230, PSY231, PSY290AB, PSY290AC, (COM))
  • Develop a professional development plan for employment in the counseling or related fields. (CPD120, CPD240, CPD260)
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:12
CPD120Introduction to Counseling3
CPD220The Counselor in a Multicultural Society3
CPD240Introduction to Counseling Skills3
CPD260Career and Professional Preparation for the Helping Professions3
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 37-48
A single course with an [HU], [SB], [L], or [SG/SQ] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s). See the AGEC Matrix for course designations.
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 3
Any approved general education courses in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry Area [L] area.3
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 5-9
MAT150College Algebra/Functions (5) AND
MAT182Plane Trigonometry (3) OR
MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4) AND
MAT182Plane Trigonometry (3) OR
MAT152College Algebra/Functions (3) AND
MAT182Plane Trigonometry (3) OR
MAT155College Algebra/Functions with Review (5) AND
MAT182Plane Trigonometry (3) OR
MAT156College Algebra/Functions with Review (6) AND
MAT182Plane Trigonometry (3) OR
MAT187Precalculus (5)5-9
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 3-4
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3) OR
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3) AND
PSY231Laboratory for Statistics (1)4
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.6
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 6
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
Any approved general education courses in the Social-Behavioral [SB] area.3
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area4
PSY290ABResearch Methods (4) OR
PSY290ACResearch Methods (4)4
BIO100Biology Concepts (4) OR
BIO156Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I (4) OR
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area. (4)4
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with Core Requirements.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course with the Historical [H] or Global [G] awareness area designation.0-3
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
General Electives
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-11
Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits, but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with the Program Director or an Academic Advisor.

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