Associate in Arts, Elementary Education

Elementary Education - AAEE

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 the 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

Major Code: 
8101
Award: 
Associate in Arts, Elementary Education
Total credits required: 
60-68
Award notes

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

+ indicated course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.

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].

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Education courses are offered for students who plan to enter the teaching profession. These courses are designed for students who are working to complete a Bachelor's degree in education.

The Associate in Arts - Elementary Education degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to an Elementary Education (K-6), (7-8), (9-12) Early Childhood (birth-4), Multicultural/Multilingual, or Special Education program at an Arizona public university.

Course Format

Undergraduate education courses are being offered in a traditional face to face format. 

How long will it take?

The minimum time to complete the AAEE degree is four full-time (15-16 credit hours) semesters or two years for students who have no pre-existing college credit. The degree requires 60-70 semester credits numbered 100 and above for completion.

Cost

Currently, the program cost for an AAEE degree for Education students is $5,355. This does not include course fees or book costs. 

Textbooks

Many Education courses utilize Open Educational Resources and/or low cost textbooks to minimize textbook costs. Other courses may have textbooks that cost more.

Program Curriculum

Full-time

Term 1: 15-16 credits

  • CFS 176 Child Development or ECH 176 Child Development (meets the SB requirement) 3 credits

  • EDU 221 Introduction to Education or EDU 230 Cultural Diversity In Education (critical course) 3 credits
  • EDU 291 Children's Literature (meets the HU requirement) 3 credits
  • ENG 101 First-Year Composition or ENG 107 First-Year Composition for ESL (gateway course) 3 credits
    • Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, OR a grade of C/better in ENG 091 or ESL 097.
  • MAT 141 College Mathematics or MAT 142 College Mathematics (or higher) (meets the MA requirement) 3-4 credits
    • Prerequisites: Appropriate math score OR grade of C/better in MAT 090/ 091/ 092 OR grade of C/better in MAT 120/ 121/ 122.

Term 2: 13-18 credits

  • EDU 221 Introduction to Education or EDU 230 Cultural Diversity In Education (critical course) 3 credits
  • ENG 102 First-Year Composition or ENG 108 First-Year Composition for ESL (gateway course) 3 credits
    • Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG 101 or ENG 107.
  • HU Fine Arts (meets the HU requirement) 3 credits
    • Select from ARH 100, ARH 101, ARH 102, DAH 100, DAH 201, DAH 250, MHL 140, MHL 145, MHL 146, MHL 153, THE 111, or THE 220
  • MAT 120 Intermediate Algebra or MAT 121 or MAT 122 Intermediate Algebra OR take/test into MAT 150/ 151/ 152. 0 - 5 credits
    • Prerequisites: Appropriate math score OR grade of C/better in MAT 090/ 091/ 092.
    • Meets a prerequisite to MAT 256. Student could test into MAT15x or higher and thus be exempt from needing MAT12x.
  • SQ or SG (select from BIO) 4 credits
    • At least one Natural Science must be SQ

Term 3: 16-19 credits

  • CIS 105 Survey of Computer Information Systems or BPC 110 Computer Usage and Applications (meets the CS requirement) 3 credits
  • COM 225 Public Speaking (meets the L and Oral Communication requirements) 3 credits
    • Prerequisites: A grade of C/better in ENG 101, or ENG 107, or equivalent.
  • CRE 101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking  OR test reading exempt. 0–3 credits
    • Prerequisites: (A grade of C/better in ENG 101 or ENG 107) and (appropriate reading placement test score OR a grade of C/better in RDG 095 or RDG 100 or RDG 111 or RDG 112 or RDG 113 or permission of instructor).
  • EDU 222 Introduction to the Exceptional Learner (meets the C requirement) 3 credits
  • Electives: Any EDU course(s) except EDU 221, 222, 230 and 250 (AAEE electives requirement) 3 credits
  • MAT 256 Investigating Quantity: Number, Operations and Numeration Systems 4 credits
    • Prerequisites: Grade of C/better in (MAT 150/ 151/ 152/higher) OR Grade of C/better in [(MAT 120/ 121/ 122) & (MAT 140/ 141/ 142)] OR Grade of C/better in [(MAT 140/ 141/ 142) & satisfactory score on District placement exam in (MAT 150/ 151/ 152/higher)].

Term 4: 16 credits

  • HIS 103 and POS 221 United States History to 1865 and Arizona Constitution or POS 113 United States and Arizona Social Studies (HIS 103 or POS 113 meet the SB and H requirements) 3-4 credits
  • Electives: Select from AAA/CPD 115, ARH, ART, BPC, CFS/ECH 176, CFS 205, CIS, ECN, EED 215, EDU (except 250) ENG, ENH, GCU, GPH, HIS, MAT (courses numbered higher than MAT 141), MHL, MTC, POS, THE, THF, THP, and foreign language or any natural science courses (AAEE electives are restricted to these options) 4-5 credits
  • MAT 257 Investigating Geometry, Probability and Statistics 4 credits
    • Prerequisites: A grade of C/better in MAT 256 or permission of instructor.
  • SG or SQ (at least one Natural Science must be SQ) 
    • Select from AGS, ASM, AST, CHM, GPH, GLG, PHS or PHY. 4 credits

Part-time

Term 1: 9 credits

  • CFS 176 Child Development or ECH 176 Child Development (meets the SB requirement) 3 credits
  • EDU 221 Introduction to Education or EDU 230 Cultural Diversity In Education (critical course) 3 credits
  • ENG 101 First-Year Composition or ENG 107 First-Year Composition for ESL (gateway course) 3 credits
    • Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, OR a grade of C/better in ENG 091 or ESL 097.

Term 2: 6-9 credits

  • CRE 101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking  OR test reading exempt (course carries L value) 0-3 credits
    • Prerequisites: (A grade of C/better in ENG 101 or ENG 107) and (appropriate reading placement test score OR a grade of C/better in RDG 095 or RDG 100 or RDG 111 or RDG 112 or RDG 113 or permission of instructor).
  • EDU 221 Introduction to Education or EDU 230 Cultural Diversity In Education (critical course) 3 credits
  • ENG 102 First-Year Composition or ENG 108 First-Year Composition for ESL (gateway course) 3 credits
    • Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG 101 or ENG 107.

Term 3: 9-10 credits

  • COM 225 Public Speaking (meets the L and Oral Communication requirements) 3 credits
    • Prerequisites: A grade of C/better in ENG 101, or ENG 107, or equivalent.
  • EDU 222 Introduction to the Exceptional Learner (meets the C requirement) 3 credits
  • MAT 141 College Mathematics or MAT 142 College Mathematics or higher (meets the MA requirement) 3-4 credits
    • Prerequisites: Appropriate math score OR grade of C/better in MAT 090/ 091/ 092 OR grade of C/better in MAT 120/ 121/ 122.

Term 4: 6-11 credits

  • CIS 105 Survey of Computer Information Systems or BPC 110 Computer Usage and Applications (meets the CS requirement) 3 credits
  • EDU 291 Children's Literature (meets the HU requirement) 3 credits
  • MAT 120 Intermediate Algebra or MAT 121 or MAT 122 Intermediate Algebra or take/test into MAT 150/ 151/ 152 (meets a prerequisite to MAT 256) 0-5 credits
    • Prerequisites: Appropriate math score OR grade of C/better in MAT 090/ 091/ 092.

Term 5: 8 credits

  • MAT 256 Investigating Quantity: Number, Operations and Numeration Systems 4 credits
    • Prerequisites: Grade of C/better in (MAT 150/ 151/ 152/higher) OR Grade of C/better in [(MAT 120/ 121/ 122) & (MAT 140/ 141/ 142)] OR Grade of C/better in [(MAT 140/ 141/ 142) & satisfactory score on District placement exam in (MAT 150/ 151/ 152/higher)].
  • SQ or SG (select from BIO) 4 credits
    • At least one Natural Science must be SQ

Term 6: 8 credits

  • MAT 257 Investigating Geometry, Probability and Statistics 4 credits
    • Prerequisites: A grade of C/better in MAT 256 or permission of instructor.
  • SG or SQ (select from AGS, ASM, AST, CHM, GPH, GLG, PHS or PHY) 4 credits
    • At least one Natural Science must be SQ

Term 7: 6 credits

  • Electives (AAEE electives requirement) 3 credits 
    • Any EDU course(s) except EDU 221, 222, 230 and 250
  • HU Fine Arts (meets the HU requirement) 3 credits
    • Select from ARH 100, ARH 101, ARH 102, DAH 100, DAH 201, DAH 250, MHL 140, MHL 145, MHL 146, MHL 153, THE 111, or THE 220

Term 8: 8 credits

  • HIS 103 United States History to 1865 and POS 221 and Arizona Constitution or POS 113 United States and Arizona Social Studies 3-4 credits
    • HIS 103 or POS 113 meet the SB and H requirements
  • Electives (AAEE electives are restricted to these options) 4-5 credits
    • Select from AAA/CPD 115, ARH, ART, BPC, CFS/ECH 176, CFS 205, CIS, ECN, EED 215, EDU (except 250) ENG, ENH, GCU, GPH, HIS, MAT (courses numbered higher than MAT 141), MHL, MTC, POS, THE, THF, THP, and foreign language or any natural science courses
Program Learning Outcomes
  • 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. (EDU110, EDU221, EDU220, EDU222, EDU230, EDU236, EDU/ENU291, EDU/HUM/STO292, GCU/POS113, POS220)
  • Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of reading, writing, oral language, mathematics, science, social studies, technology, information literacy and art. (BPC110, CIS105, CFS176, CFS205, COM225, CRE101, ECN211, ECN212, EDU220, EDU221, EDU222, EDU230, EDU236, EDU/ENH291, EDU/HUM/STO292, GCU121, GCU122, HIS104, MAT256, MAT257, PSY101, [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Analyze K-12 classroom field experience and correlate it with course concepts. (EDU220, EDU221, EDU222, EDU236)
  • 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). (CRE101, EDU110, EDU220, EDU221, EDU222, EDU230, EDU236, [FYC])
  • 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. (CFS176, CFS205, EDU220, EDU221, EDU222, EDU230, EDU236, EDU/ENH291, EDU/HUM/STO292, MAT256, MAT257, PSY101)
  • 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. (EDU110, EDU220, EDU221, EDU222, EDU230, EDU236, GCU/POS113, POS220)
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:17
EDU221Introduction to Education3
EDU222Introduction to the Exceptional Learner3
EDU230Cultural Diversity in Education3
MAT256Investigating Quantity: Number, Operations, and Numeration Systems4
MAT257Investigating Geometry, Probability, and Statistics4
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:8
A total of 8 semester credits are required to satisfy the Electives for Arizona Professional Teacher Standards: 3 credits in an additional Education course and 5 credits in Content Area Electives.
Courses must transfer to all public Arizona universities as Elective Credit, Departmental Elective, or Equivalent to a university course as indicated in the Arizona Course Equivalency Guide in effect when the course is taken. Courses identified as Non-transferable in the Arizona Course Equivalency Guide cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.
Select one additional EDU course (other than EDU221, EDU222, EDU230 or EDU250):
Recommended:
EDU110Education in Film (3)
EDU220Introduction to Serving English Language Learners (ELL) (3)
EDU236Classroom Relationships (3)
EDU/HUM/STO292The Art of Storytelling (3)3
Choose any combination from the following list of courses and prefixes to total 5 credits of additional coursework. Course(s) selected must be different from those used to fulfill a requirement of the AGEC-A and/or those used to fulfill Required Courses.
Content Area Electives: Select 5 credits from the following:
AAA/CPD115Creating College Success (1)
ARH+++ Any ARH Art Humanities course(s) (3)
ART+++ Any ART Art course(s) (3)
CFS/ECH176Child Development (3)
CFS205Human Development (3)
CIS+++ Any CIS Computer Information Systems course(s) (3)
ECN+++ Any ECN Economics course(s) (3)
BPC+++ Any BPC Business-Personal Computers course(s) (3)
EED215Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness (3)
EDU+++ Any EDU Education course(s) (3) (except EDU221, EDU222, EDU230, and EDU250)
ENG+++ Any ENG English course(s) (3)
ENH+++ Any ENH English Humanities course(s) (3)
GCU+++ Any GCU Cultural Geography course(s) (3)
GPH+++ Any GPH Physical Geography course(s) (3)
HIS+++ Any HIS History course(s) (3)
MAT+++ Any MAT Mathematics course(s) higher than MAT142 (except MAT256 and MAT257) (3-5)
MHL+++ Any MHL Music: History/Literature course(s) (3)
MTC+++ Any MTC Music: Theory/Composition course(s) (3)
POS+++ Any POS Political Science course(s) (3)
THE+++ Any THE Theatre course(s) (3)
THF+++ Any THF Theatre and Film course(s) (3)
THP+++ Any THP Theatre Performance/Production course(s) (3)
Any Foreign Language course (4-5)
Any Natural Science course (3-4)5
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 35-43
A single course with an [HU], [SB], or [L] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s).

 
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
COM225Public Speaking3
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-5
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT150College Algebra/Functions (5) OR
MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4) OR
MAT152College Algebra/Functions (3) OR
MAT187Precalculus (5) OR
Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area for which MAT15+ is a prerequisite (3-5)3-5
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 3
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications (3)3
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
EDU/ENH291Childrens Literature (3) OR
ENH110Introduction to Literature (3) OR
ENH241American Literature Before 1860 (3) OR
ENH242American Literature After 1860 (3) OR
HUM250Ideas and Values in the Humanities (3) OR
HUM251Ideas and Values in the Humanities (3)3
AND
ARH100Introduction to Art (3) OR
ARH101Prehistoric through Gothic Art (3) OR
ARH102Renaissance Through Contemporary Art (3) OR
DAH100Introduction to Dance (3) OR
DAH201World Dance Studies (3) OR
DAH250Dance in Popular Culture (3) OR
MHL140Survey of Music History (3) OR
MHL145American Jazz and Popular Music (3) OR
MHL146Survey of Broadway Musicals (3) OR
MHL153Rock Music and Culture (3) OR
THE111Introduction to Theatre (3) OR
THE220Modern Drama (3)3
(EDU/ENH291recommended)
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 6
Select one of the following US History/Government courses. These courses satisfy the United States Constitution requirement for state teacher certification.
HIS103United States History to 1865 (3) OR
POS110American National Government (3) OR
GCU/POS113United States and Arizona Social Studies (3)3
AND
CFS205Human Development (3) OR
ECH/CFS176Child Development (3) OR
GCU121World Geography I: Eastern Hemisphere (3) OR
GCU122World Geography II: Western Hemisphere (3) OR
ECN211Macroeconomic Principles (3) OR
ECN212Microeconomic Principles (3) OR
HIS104United States History 1865 to Present (3) OR
PSY101Introduction to Psychology (3)3
(ECH/CFS176recommended)
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
BIO100Biology Concepts (4) OR
BIO101Introduction to Human Genetics for Non-Majors (4) OR
BIO102Cells to Systems: An Introduction to Biology for Non-Majors (4) OR
BIO105Environmental Biology (4) OR
BIO107Introduction to Biotechnology (4) OR
BIO108Plants and Society (4) OR
BIO156Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
BIO156XTIntroductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I (4) OR
BIO241Human Genetics (4)4
AND
Select 4 credits of coursework in the Natural Sciences Quantitative [SQ] area or in the Natural Sciences General [SG] area from the following:
AGS+++ Any AGS Agricultural Science course(s) (4)
ASM+++ Any ASM Anthropology course(s) (4)
AST+++ Any AST Astronomy course(s) (4)
CHM+++ Any CHM Chemistry course(s) (4)
GPH+++ Any GPH Physical Geography course(s) (4)
GLG+++ Any GLG Geology course(s) (4)
PHS+++ Any PHS Physical Science course(s) (4)
PHY+++ Any PHY Physics course(s) (4)4
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-3
These requirements may be shared with Core Requirements.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0
 
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course with the Historical [H] or Global [G] awareness area designation.
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-3
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
Met by COM225 in the Required Courses area.
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list 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.