Associate in Arts (AA)
Elementary Education (EE)
The MCCCD Associate in Arts in Elementary Education (AAEE) requires the student to complete a total of 60-63 semester credits in the program of study. The degree has two major components:
I. MCCCD General Education
Arizona General Education Curriculum for Arts (AGEC-A)
Additional MCCCD Requirements
II. Elementary Education Requirements
Electives for Arizona Professional Teacher Standards
Purpose of the Degree
The AAEE is designed for the student who plans to transfer to an Elementary Education, Early Childhood, Multicultural/Multilingual, or Special Education program at an Arizona public higher education institution and/or who plans to become a classroom instructional aide.
Generally, the degree transfers as a block without loss of credit to Arizona's public universities. In most cases, courses applied to the MCCCD Associate in Arts in Elementary Education also apply to graduation requirements of the university major for which the AAEE was designed.
Academic Policies that Govern the Associate in Arts Elementary Education Degree:
- Completion of the Associate in Arts or the AGEC-A provides for exemption from Arizona public university admission requirements for Arizona residents who have a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.0 on a 4.0=A scale and a minimum 2.5 on a 4.0=A scale for non-residents.
- The graduation policies within the general catalog must be satisfied for completion of the Associate in Arts degree.
- A minimum of 60-63 semester credits in courses numbered 100 and above to be completed with a grade of “C” or better; Credit units transferred from outside of the district need to be at a grade of “C” or better. A grade of “C” equals 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale or equivalent. A grade of “C” equals 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale or equivalent. On an exception basis, P-grades may be allowed in the AGEC for credit transferred if documentation collected by the community college indicates that the P-grade issued was the only option for the student and the P-grade is a “C” or better. The P-grade exception does not apply to credits awarded by AGEC granting/receiving institutions.
- Credit received through prior learning assessment or credit by evaluation is transferable within the Maricopa Community Colleges but is not necessarily transferable to other colleges and universities. No more than 20 semester credit hours may be applied toward AGEC.
- The General Education Requirements for AGEC-A may be completed in 35 semester credits with the following stipulations:
o Courses can satisfy a Core Area Requirement and one or more Awareness Areas simultaneously.
o Courses can satisfy an Elementary Education Requirement and one or more Awareness Areas simultaneously.
o A course cannot satisfy more than one Core Area Requirement.
o A course cannot satisfy both the Elementary Education Requirement and a Core Area Requirement simultaneously.
Effective Fall 2000, the course evaluation and/or general education designation as listed in the Arizona Course Equivalency Guide (CEG) within the Arizona Course Applicability System (AZCAS), is valid for the term in which the student is awarded credit on the transcript. A course evaluation and/or general education designation may be subject to change. Students do have the option to petition for general education evaluations and/or general education designations upon transfer.
Courses completed at one of the Maricopa Community Colleges to meet AGEC-A requirements must be listed in the Course Equivalency Guide within the Arizona Course Applicability System as an equivalent course, departmental elective credit (XXXXDEC), or general elective credit (Elective) at all Arizona public universities. The course’s evaluation and/or general education designation is valid for the term in which the student is awarded credit on the transcript. See the list titled MCCCD Courses That Can Be used to Satisfy MCCCD AGEC-A, AGEC-B, and/or AGEC-S for specific course information via the following website: http://www.dist.maricopa.edu/academic/curric/
Courses completed at one of the Maricopa Community Colleges to meet the General Electives requirement must be listed in the Course Equivalency Guide (CEG) within the Arizona Course Applicability System (AZCAS) as an equivalent course, departmental elective credit (XXXDEC), or general elective credit (Elective) at all Arizona public universities. For appropriate course selection, student should consult with an advisor.
Courses transferred from another regionally accredited institution to one of the Maricopa Community Colleges will be evaluated by the college for inclusion in the AGEC A or the Associate in Arts Elementary Education degree.
Courses and their modular equivalents will satisfy AGEC-A and Associate in Arts in Elementary Education requirements. ;
If a course is cross-referenced with one or more other courses, then only one of the cross-referenced courses will be accepted to meet requirements.
I. MCCCD General Education Requirements
A. MCCCD AGEC - A
1. Core Areas 35-38 (credits)
a. First-Year Composition [FYC] 6
ENG101/102 OR ENG107/108
b. Mathematics Studies [MA] and
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] 6
1) MAT142 [MA] College Mathematics, or higher
(NOTE: MAT150, MAT151, MAT152, MAT156 and MAT157 are excluded) AND
2) CIS105 [CS] Survey of Computer Information Systems, OR BPC110 [CS] Computer Usage and Applications
c. Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] 3
1) Select the following:
COM225 Public Speaking
d. Humanities and Fine Arts [HU] 6
1) Select (3) semester credits from the following courses:
ARH100 Introduction to Art
ARH101 Prehistoric through Gothic Art
ARH102 Renaissance through Contemporary Art
2) Select (3) semester credits from the following courses:
ENH110 Introduction to Literature
ENH241 American Literature Before 1860
ENH242 American Literature After 1860
EDU/ENH291 Children's Literature
HUM250 or HUM251 Ideas and Values in the Humanities
THE111 Introduction to Theatre
DAH100 Introduction to Dance
DAH201 World Dance Perspectives
MHL140 Survey of Music History
MHL143 Music in World Cultures
e. Social and Behavioral Sciences [SB] 6
1) Select 3 semester credits from the following courses:
HIS103 United States History to 1870
HIS104 United States History 1870 to Present
2) Select 3 semester credits from the following courses:
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology
GCU121 World Geography I: Eastern Hemisphere
GCU122 World Geography II: Western Hemisphere
ECN211 Macroeconomic Principles
ECN212 Microeconomic Principles
POS110 American National Government
ECH/CFS176 Child Development
CFS205 Human Development
f. Natural Sciences-Science-Quantitative [SQ] and Science-General [SG] 8
To complete the Natural Sciences requirement, select a total of 8 semester credits from the following categories. At least 4 credits must be SQ courses. You can select 4 semester credits of SG and 4 semester credits of SQ for a total of 8 semester credits. Natural Sciences courses must include or be accompanied by the corresponding laboratory course. When the lecture and corresponding laboratory are awarded separate credit, both will be counted as equivalent to one course in that discipline.
Select SQ (Life Science) and SG (Physical Sciences, Earth/Space Sciences) courses from the following categories:
1) Life Sciences - Select 4 semester credits of SQ OR SG from BIO AND
2) Physical Sciences OR Earth/Space Sciences - Select 4 semester credits of SQ OR SG from the following prefixes:
AGS, ASM, CHM, GPH, GLG, PHS, PHY
2. Awareness Areas (0 credit)
The MCCCD AAEE requires coursework in two Awareness Areas:
Cultural Diversity in the U.S. [C] AND
Historical Awareness [H] OR
Global Awareness [G]
Courses can satisfy a Core Area Requirement and one or more Awareness Areas, or can satisfy an Elementary Education Requirement and one or more Awareness Areas simultaneously. Therefore, no additional semester credits are required to satisfy the two Awareness Areas.
3. MCCCD Additional Requirements 0-3
a. Oral Communication
Satisfied by COM225 taken for Literacy and Critical Inquiry Requirement
b. Critical Reading
CRE101 or exemption by testing
II. Elementary Education Requirements 25
A total of 25 semester credits are required to satisfy the Elementary Education Requirements.
A. Education Foundations 15
Complete the following courses to satisfy the Education Foundations requirements:
EDU221 Introduction to Education
EDU222 Introduction to the Exceptional Learner
EDU230 Cultural Diversity in Education
MAT156 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
MAT157 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
B. Electives for Arizona Professional Teacher Standards 10
A total of 10 semester credits are required to satisfy the Electives for Arizona Professional Teacher Standards: 3 credits in an additional Education course and 7 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.
1) Additional Education Course Requirement
Select any EDU course (except EDU221, EDU222, EDU230 and EDU250) to satisfy this requirement.
2) Content Area Electives
Select 7 credits from the following:
Any ARH, ART, CIS, BPC, ECN, ENG, ENH, GCU, GPH, HIS, MHL, MTC, POS, THE, THP prefixed course(s)
Any EDU prefixed course(s) (except EDU250)
Any MAT (courses numbered higher than 142 (except MAT156 and MAT157)
Any Foreign Language course(s)
Any Natural Science course(s)
CFS/ECH176 Child Development
CFS205 Human Development
EED215 Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness
FON100 Introductory Nutrition
AA-EE Total Credits: 60-63