Elementary Education: AA Degree
The Associate of Arts in Elementary Education is designed for students planning to transfer to an Elementary Education bachelor's degree program at all Arizona public universities and requires a minimum of 60 credits. Students planning to transfer to a university other than an Arizona public university should see an advisor. This degree results in an AGEC-A, which is transferable to all Arizona public universities.
Requirements (Mathematics, Social/Behavioral Sciences, and Natural Language requirements) differ significantly among state universities. Students should see an advisor to plan their program of study to avoid transfer difficulties. This is a Programs of Study articulated program. For more information click here
The outcomes identified below define the knowledge and skill sets
that graduates will possess at the end of these programs of study.
• Communications skills: Students will articulate ideas both verbally and in writing using technology
• Diversity and Global Perspective: Students will recognize, understand, and appreciate diversity.
• Ethical and Civil Values: Students will recognize and demonstrate ethical behaviors needed in classrooms.
• Reflection: Students will begin to develop reflective practices to improve student learning, teaching methods, and professional behaviors.
• Research & Identify Resources: Students will access and use information from electronic, library, and community resources to foster lifelong learning.
Minimum credit hours required: 62
AGEC-A Requirements: 35 Credit Hours
See General Education Courses that can be used to satisfy AGEC requirements.
ENG 101¹ College Composition I (3)
ENG 102¹ College Composition II (3)
MAT 142¹ College Mathematics (3) or a higher course selected from the approved AGEC courses in the Mathematics category.
Select two courses from different disciplines from the AGEC Arts/Humanities category. Recommended: Art (ART), Music (MUS), or Theatre (THR).
Social/Behavioral Sciences (9)
HIS 131 U.S. History to 1877 (3)
POS 220 Arizona and National Constitution (3) One additional course from the approved General Education courses in the Social/Behavioral Sciences category.
Highly recommended: (one of the following)
GEO 133 World/Regional Geography (3)
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
Physical/Biological Sciences (8)
Select 1 course from 2 of the following areas:
A. Earth/Space Sciences: Anthropology, Astronomy, or Geology.
B. Life Sciences: Biology Recommended:
BIO 100 Biology Concepts (4)
BIO 105¹ Environmental Biology (4)
BIO 109 Natural History of the Southwest (4)
C. Physical Sciences: Chemistry, Geography, or Physics.
General Education Options (3-6)
CIS 120 Intro to Computer Information Systems (3)
Any additional coursework in any AGEC area to complete 35 credits. Recommended: One year of a foreign language (101 & 102).
Core Requirements: 21 credit hours
EDU 200 Introduction to Education (3)
EDU 222 Introduction to the Exceptional Student (3)
EDU 230 Cultural Diversity in Education (3)
EDU 235 Relationships in Classroom Settings (3)
EDU 236 Structured English Immersion (3)
MAT 180¹ Math for Elementary Education Teachers I (3)
MAT 181¹ Math for Elementary Education Teachers II (3)
Electives: 6 credit hours
6 credits of transferable courses as stated in the Course Equivalency Guide (CEG). These courses must transfer to all Arizona public universities. See an advisor or check the aztransfer site (www.aztransfer.com) for the current CEG.
Option A – Teaching and Learning
EDU 291 Children’s Literature (3). Any other EDU course ( 3).
Option B: Early Childhood Education ECE 200 Child Guidance (3) ECE 234 Child Growth & Development (3)
¹ Placement test and/or prerequisite required.