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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Counseling and Applied Psychological Science

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Counseling and Applied Psychological Science provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in counseling and applied psychological science or are preparing for graduate programs in counseling or related fields. The program provides a foundation in counseling theories, counseling skills, career and lifespan development, ethics and research methods, and multicultural competence. Graduates will not be license-eligible as professional counselors, but will be prepared to enter an undergraduate degree program in counseling and applied psychological science. Graduates of the associate`s program may qualify for entry-level employment such as social and human service assistants or psychiatric technicians in community agencies, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and other behavioral healthcare delivery settings to support counselors and other mental health professionals.

Students who complete a bachelor`s degree within the field may be prepared to enter a graduate program in counseling or pursue careers including but not limited to: social and community service managers, social science research assistants, probation officers and correctional treatment specialists, and education administrators (postsecondary).

Upon completion of a graduate degree students may pursue a number of careers, including but not limited to: clinical, counseling, and school psychologists; educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors; substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors; marriage and family therapists; mental health counselors; rehabilitation counselors; and college/university faculty.

Details

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Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Type
Associate Degree
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Counseling and Applied Psychological Science (DEG)
Total Credits Required
60-64
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
Effective term
Fall 2021
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

This program aligns with the requirements of the Counseling and Applied Psychological Science (BS) Maricopa-ASU Pathways Program (MAPP) at Arizona State University (ASU), Polytechnic, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts and the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Applied Human Behavior 90/30 at Northern Arizona University (NAU).

What You'll Learn
  • Describe foundational counseling theories, research methods, and data analysis. (CAP120, CAP220, CAP240, CAP260, PSY101, PSY230, PSY231, PSY290AB, PSY290AC, (CRE), [FYC], [MA], [SQ])
  • Demonstrate use of oral, written, and interpersonal communication and basic helping skills needed within the counseling field. (CAP120, CAP220, CAP240, CAP260, PSY101, PSY230, PSY231, PSY290AB, PSY290AC, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [SQ])
  • Develop an awareness of self and others in a multicultural society. (CAP120, CAP220, CAP240, CAP260, PSY101, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU])
  • Explain fundamental-level ethical and professional considerations in practice and research common in the field. (CAP120, CAP220, CAP240, CAP260, PSY101, PSY230, PSY231, PSY290AB, PSY290AC, (COM))
  • Develop a professional development plan for employment in the counseling or related fields. (CAP120, CAP240, CAP260)
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:12
CAP120Introduction to Counseling3
CAP220The Counselor in a Multicultural Society3
CAP240Introduction to Counseling Skills3
CAP260Career and Professional Preparation for the Helping Professions3
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 29-36
A single course with an [L], [HU], [SB], [SG], or [SQ] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, and/or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s). See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
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: 0
Met by CAP260 in the Required Courses area.
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-6
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT145College Mathematics with Review (5) OR
MAT146College Mathematics with Review (6) OR
Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area (3-6)3-6
Note: Students planning to transfer to ASU for the BS in Counseling and Applied Psychological Science should take MAT187 Precalculus or equivalent or higher [MA] course for which MAT187 is a prerequisite.
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 3-4
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3) OR
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3) AND
PSY231Laboratory for Statistics (1)3-4
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.6
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 3
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
AND
Met by CAP120 in Required Courses area.
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
PSY290ABResearch Methods (4) OR
PSY290ACResearch Methods (4)4
BIO100Biology Concepts (4) OR
BIO156++Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
BIO181++General Biology (Majors) I (4) OR
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4)4
Note: Students planning to transfer to ASU for the BS in Counseling and Applied Psychology (Substance Abuse and Addictions) should take BIO181++.
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-3
These requirements may be shared with other AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
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.0-3
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Some courses in this area have [SB] and [L] designations and may also be applied to the corresponding AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
Recommend COM225 for students transferring to Northern Arizona University.
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
Course Area Key
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with a faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.

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