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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Family Life Education

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Family Life Education provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to study in fields related to family life education, human development, or child and family studies. The program includes study of child and adult development, marriage and family relationships, and the intersections of school, community, and family. Students can pursue careers in public, private, and human service agencies working with children, youth, and families. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Child and Family Organizations, Management and Administration is available and can be fully embedded in this AA.

Details

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Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Type
Associate Degree
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Family Life Education (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.

For some occupations within this field, students may be required to have a current Identity Verified Print (IVP) Fingerprint Clearance Card and a current TB vaccination. Please consult with your faculty mentor to discuss these and other occupational requirements.

This program replaces: AAS/3044 Family Life Education

What You'll Learn
  • Describe the developmental framework, processes, and contexts of human development. (CFS205, CFS210, CFS259, COM100, COM110, COM225, COM230, PSY101, PSY+++, SOC101, SOC+++, (COM), [FYC])
  • Describe basic research methods, ethical considerations, and cross-cultural research in the family and human development field. (BIO156++, BIO160, BIO181++, BIO201++, BPC110, CFS157, CFS205, CFS210, CFS243, CFS250, CIS103, CIS105, CIS113DE, CIS114DE, CIS118DB, COM100, COM110, COM225, COM230, CSC180, CSC180AA, CSC180AB, FON241, FON241LL, GBS221, MAT206, PSY101, PSY230, PSY+++, SOC101, SOC+++, SWU225, (COM), (CRE), [CS], [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Describe major theories of human development. (BIO156++, BIO160, BIO181++, BIO201++, CFS205, CFS259, COM100, COM110, COM225, COM230, FON241, FON241LL, PSY101, PSY+++, SOC101, SOC+++, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [SG], [SQ])
  • Describe the foundations of the family life education field as well as its historical, contemporary, and future contexts. (CFS112, CFS157, CFS177, CFS210, CFS243, CFS250, CFS259, COM100, COM110, COM225, COM230, SOC101, (COM), (CRE), [FYC])
  • Evaluate current national and global policies and dynamics that impact family systems. (BIO156++, BIO160, BIO181++, BIO201++, BPC110, CFS157, CFS177, CFS210, CFS243, CFS250, CFS259, CIS103, CIS105, CIS113DE, CIS114DE, CIS118DB, CSC180, CSC180AA, CSC180AB, FON241, FON241LL, GBS221, MAT206, PSY101, PSY230, PSY+++, SOC101, SOC+++, SWU225, (CRE), [CS], [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Analyze emerging issues that impact the development of family social policy. (BPC110, CFS157, CFS210, CFS243, CFS250, CFS259, CIS103, CIS105, CIS113DE, CIS114DE, CIS118DB, CSC180, CSC180AA, CSC180AB, GBS221, MAT206, PSY101, PSY230, PSY+++, SOC101, SOC+++, SWU225, (CRE), [CS], [FYC], [HU], [MA])
  • Compare and contrast historical, social, and political factors, values, and practices that impact diverse family groups. (CFS157, CFS210, CFS243, CFS250, CFS259, SOC101, LANG, (CRE), [FYC], [HU])
  • Describe diverse human behaviors throughout the life cycle. (CFS112, CFS157, CFS177, CFS205, CFS210, CFS243, CFS259, PSY101, PSY+++, SOC101, SOC+++, (CRE))
  • Apply theories and methodologies used when studying human behavior. (BIO156++, BIO160, BIO181++, BIO201++, CFS157, CFS177, CFS205, CFS210, CFS243, CFS259, FON241, FON241LL, PSY101, PSY+++, SOC101, SOC+++, [SG], [SQ])
  • Evaluate the context and the issues of work experiences that impact the family and human development professional. (CFS112, CFS210, CFS250, (CRE))
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:9
CFS112Personal Growth and Family Relations3
CFS205Human Development3
CFS210Family Life Education3
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:9-30
Complete requirements in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (typically 64).
Transfer Plan 1: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Development
PSY+++ Any PSY Psychology course3
SOC+++ Any SOC Sociology course3
GBS221Business Statistics (3) or
MAT206Elements of Statistics (3) or
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3) or
SWU225Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government (3)3
Transfer Plan 2: University of Arizona, Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Development
BIO156++Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
BIO160Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (4) OR
BIO181++General Biology (Majors) I (4) OR
BIO201++Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)4
CFS157Marriage and Family Life3
FON241Principles of Human Nutrition3
FON241LLPrinciples of Human Nutrition Laboratory1
MAT206Elements of Statistics (3) or
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3)3
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
SOC101Introduction to Sociology3
Foreign Language Credits:0-10
Complete a language course at the elementary level (102 or equivalent), including American Sign Language II with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 3: Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Applied Human Behavior - Language Track (90/30 Program)
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
COM225Public Speaking3
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications (3) OR
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR
CSC180Computer Literacy (3) OR
CSC180AAComputer Literacy (3) OR
CSC180ABComputer Literacy (4)3-4
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
NOTE: This pathway represents the 60 credits required to complete the Associate of Arts at MCCCD. Students in the NAU 90/30 program should consult with their NAU advisor to determine the additional 30 credits they should complete.
Transfer Plan 4: Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Applied Human Behavior - Science Track (90/30 Program)
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
COM225Public Speaking3
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications (3) OR
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR
CSC180Computer Literacy (3) OR
CSC180AAComputer Literacy (3) OR
CSC180ABComputer Literacy (4)3-4
CIS103Introduction to Social Media (3) OR
CIS113DEMicrosoft Word: Word Processing (3) OR
CIS114DEExcel Spreadsheet (3) OR
CIS118DBDesktop Presentation: PowerPoint (3)3
NOTE: This pathway represents the 60 credits required to complete the Associate of Arts at MCCCD. Students in the NAU 90/30 program should consult with their NAU advisor to determine the additional 30 credits they should complete.
Transfer Plan 5: Arizona Christian University, Bachelor of Arts in Family Studies - Emphasis in Early Childhood
CFS177Parent-Child Interaction3
CFS243Cross-Cultural Parenting3
CFS250Social Policy and Families3
COM225Public Speaking3
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
PSY230Introduction to Statistics3
Foreign Language Credits:0-10
Complete a language course at the elementary level (102 or equivalent), including American Sign Language II with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 6: Arizona Christian University, Bachelor of Arts in Family Studies - Emphasis in Marriage and Family
CFS177Parent-Child Interaction3
CFS243Cross-Cultural Parenting3
CFS250Social Policy and Families3
CFS259Sexuality over the Lifespan3
COM225Public Speaking3
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
Foreign Language Credits:0-10
Complete a language course at the elementary level (102 or equivalent), including American Sign Language II with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 15-38
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: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.3
May be met by COM225 in the Restricted Electives area.
Recommend PSY290AB Research Methods OR PSY290AC Research Methods for students intending to transfer to University of Arizona.
 
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
MAT150College Algebra/Functions (5) OR
MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4) OR
MAT152College Algebra/Functions (3) OR
MAT155College Algebra/Functions with Review (5) OR
MAT156College Algebra/Functions with Review (6) OR
Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area (3-5)3-6
Recommend MAT150, MAT151, MAT152, MAT155, or MAT156 for students transferring to University of Arizona.
Recommend a four (4) credit or higher course be completed for students transferring to NAU`s BIS in Applied Human Behavior science track to complete at least twelve (12) credits of natural science and mathematics.
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education courses in the Computers, Statistics, and Quantitative Applications [CS] area.3
May be met by CIS105, CSC180++, GBS221, MAT206, PSY230, or SWU225 in the Restricted Electives area.
 
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: 0
Met by CFS112 and CFS205 in Required Courses area.
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 0-8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area (4)8
May be met by Natural Sciences listed among Transfer Plan options in the Restricted Electives area.
At least (4) credits must be from the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area.
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
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: 0-3
0-3
 
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
 
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.
Recommend that students choose general electives from the CFS prefix, specifically the following (if not already required by a student`s chosen transfer plan):
CFS240Human Behavior in Context3
CFS243Cross-Cultural Parenting3
CFS250Social Policy and Families3
CFS258Families in Society3
CFS259Sexuality Over the Life Span3
Students who complete the following courses will satisfy the requirements for the Certificate of Completion (CCL/5401) in Child and Family Organizations Management and Administration:
CFS206Child and Family Organizations: Management and Administration3
CFS207Organization and Community Leadership in Child and Family Organizations3
CFS208Child and Family Organizations: Fiscal Management and Grant Writing3
CFS209Child and Family Organizations: Project Management3
FCS250Portfolio Development and Professional Writing3
FCS260Family and Consumer Science Internship1

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