Associate of Arts Elementary Education description

Associate of Arts Elementary Education (A.A.E.E.) Degree
(60 - 64 credits)

The A.A.E.E. degree is appropriate for students who require practical and professional skills and knowledge that can lead to upper division programs in elementary and special education. This program also prepares para-educators.

This degree is comprised of three components:
     1.   A block of 35-36 credits of Arizona General Education Curriculum courses- AGEC-A (modified) 
     2.   24-29 credits of Major Common Courses and Transferable Electives
     3.   Additional CAC degree requirements

AGEC-A-modified (35-36 credits)
The AAEE degree requires completion of a modified AGEC-A as outlined below.  AGEC-A requires a minimum of College Mathematics plus 32 credits from specific AGEC categories.  AGEC-A courses are transferable to all three Arizona public universities provided they are completed with a grade of "C" or better.  Select the following recommended courses; or if no recommendations are listed, choose courses from the current list of approved AGEC-A courses - found in our current catalog or online; and/or see your Academic Advisor to create a Master Academic Plan (MAP). 

AGEC-A Categories (modified for AAEE)

  • Written Communication (6 credits)
    • ENG101-English Composition III (3 credits)
    • ENG102-English Composition IV (3 credits)
  • Oral Communications (3 credits)
  • Arts (6 credits)
    • Select courses to fulfill this requirement from at least two different disciplines
  • Humanities (3 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)
    • HIS101-United States History I (3 credits) **HIGHLY RECOMMENDED **      OR HIS102-United States History II (3 credits)
    • EDU/ECE276-Child Development II (3 credits) **HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**  OR   PSY101-Intro to Psychology (3 credits)
  • Biological Lab Science (4 credits)
  • Physical Lab Science (4 credits)
  • Mathematics (3-5 credits)
    • MAT141-College Mathematics (4 credits) or higher
  • Special Requirements (0-9 credits)
    • Please note that courses from Oral Communications, Arts/Humanities, Social/Behavioral Sciences or Transfer Electives may also "double-dip" to meet Special Requirements.
      • Intensive Writing / Critical Inquiry (3 credits)
      • Cultural - Ethnic / Race / Gender - Awareness (3 credits)  - Fulfilled by EDU230-Cultural Values in Education
      • Global / International - Historical Awareness (3 credits) - Fulfilled by HIS101 or HIS102

Required Major Common Courses and Transferable Electives

  • EDU221-Introduction to Education (3 credits)
  • EDU222-Introduction to Special Education (3 credits)
  • EDU230-Cultural Values in Education (3 credits)
  • MAT201-Math for Elementary Teachers I (3 credits)
  • MAT202-Math for Elementary Teachers II (3 credits)

Students will also take two courses (6 credits) from their chosen emphasis area:

  • Upper Elementary majors (6 credits):
         EDU/ENG205 Introduction to the Study of Language (3 credits)
         EDU225 Relationships in the Classroom (3 credits)
         EDU228 Behavior Management (3 credits)
         EDU240 Provisional Structured English Immersion (3)

         EDU/ECE276 Child Development II (3 credits)
         EDU/LIT291 Children’s Literature for Educators (3 credits)

    OR
  • Early Childhood K-3 majors (6 credits):
         EDU/ECE276 Child Development II (3 credits) - Must be taken here if not taken as a Social Behav. science
         ECE176 Child Development I (3 credits)
         EDU240 Provisional Structured English immersion (3)
         ECE271 Creating Early Childhood Environments (3 credits)
         EDU/LIT291 Children’s Literature for Educators (3 credits)
    OR
  • Special Education majors (6 credits):
         EDU/ECE276 Child Development II (3 credits) - Must be taken here if not taken as a Social Behav. Science
         EDU225 Relationships in the Classroom (3 credits)
         EDU228 Behavior Management (3 credits)
         EDU240 Provisional Structured English Immersion (3)

To view the list of General Ed elective courses preferred by the public Arizona universities, refer to the Common Course Matrices on the AZTRANSFER website at www.aztransfer.com; and/or see your Academic Advisor to create a Master Academic Plan (MAP).

Additional CAC Degree Requirements

  • Reading Competency: RDG094-College Reading or appropriate score on reading placement assessment
  • Computing Competency: CIS120-Survey of Computer Information Systems (3 credits) or AGB124-Microcomputers in Agriculture (3 credits)
  • Grade of "C" or better in each course applied toward the degree
  • Minimum of 20 credits completed at CAC
  • Minimum of 15 credits in the modified AGEC-A completed at CAC

Other Degree Considerations
Many four-year degrees require either a second- or fourth-semester level proficiency of a second language and strongly encourage students to complete this requirement at the community college prior to transfer.  To determine second language requirements for your degree, check your university catalog, Transfer Guides at www.aztransfer.com, or meet with an Academic Advisor.  Students may demonstrate proficiency by completion of coursework and/or a proficiency test.  CAC offers Spanish, French and Sign Language.  Contact an Academic Advisor for assistance.


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