The MCCCD Associate in Arts in Elementary Education (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, and in most cases, its required courses apply to graduation requirements for these Education majors.
The 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. General Education
- Arizona General Education Curriculum for Arts (AGEC-A)
- MCCCD Additional Requirements
II. Elementary Education Requirements
- Education Foundations Restricted Electives
- EDU 221 – Intro to Education (3 Credits) Overview of the historical, political, economic, social, and philosophical factors that influence education and make it so complex. Opportunity for students to assess their interest and suitability for teaching.
- EDU 222 – Intro to the Exceptional Learners (3 credits) Overview of the exceptional learner with emphasis on factors relating to current practices, identification, characteristics, and educational adaptations. Issues related to mild disabilities, severe disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, intellectual disabilities, and students who are gifted.
- EDU 220-Intro to Serving English Language Learners (3 credits) *Elective Comparison and evaluation of various types of language educational models including Structured English Immersion (SEI), English as a Second Language (ESL) and bilingual/Dual Language Immersion (DLI). Includes SEI, ESL, and bilingual/DLI strategies.
- EDU 230-Cultural Diversity in Education (3 credits) Examination of the relationship of cultural values to the formation of self-concept and learning styles. Examination of the role of prejudice, stereotyping and cultural incompatibilities in education. Emphasis on teacher preparation (preservice and/or inservice) to offer an equal educational opportunity to students of all cultural groups.
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