Associate in Arts, Elementary Education (AAEE)

The Associate in Arts, Elementary Education (AAEE) provides the first two years of a four year curriculum for the student who plans to transfer to an Elementary Education or Special Education program at an Arizona public higher education institution. Upon completion of the AAEE, a student may pursue employment as a classroom instructional aide. Upon completion of a bachelor`s degree, a student may pursue a career as an elementary school teacher or as a special education teacher. With further education or certification, students may pursue the employment in the field of education in a number of careers including but not limited to assistant principal, principal, educational administrator, instructional designer, instructional technologist, instructional coordinator, and educational counselor.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Evaluate the role and impact of various forms of education in a democracy as an active citizen and participate in their communities in constructive ways that demonstrate respect for differing cultures and values. (EDU110, EDU221, EDU220, EDU222, EDU230, EDU236, EDU/ENU291, EDU/HUM/STO292, GCU/POS113, POS220)
  • Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of reading, writing, oral language, mathematics, science, social studies, technology, information literacy and art. (BPC110, CIS105, CFS176, CFS205, COM225, CRE101, ECN211, ECN212, EDU220, EDU221, EDU222, EDU230, EDU236, EDU/ENH291, EDU/HUM/STO292, GCU121, GCU122, HIS104, MAT256, MAT257, PSY101, [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Analyze K-12 classroom field experience and correlate it with course concepts. (EDU220, EDU221, EDU222, EDU236)
  • Demonstrate ongoing learning and use evidence to continually evaluate his/her professional growth, ethics, knowledge, skills, and dispositions (e.g. collaboration, professionalism, reflection, time management, effective communication). (CRE101, EDU110, EDU220, EDU221, EDU222, EDU230, EDU236, [FYC])
  • Utilize a foundational knowledge of child development (e.g. physical, cognitive, linguistic, social, and emotional domains), teaching and learning theories, cultural differences, and/or inclusive educational practices for diverse learners. (CFS176, CFS205, EDU220, EDU221, EDU222, EDU230, EDU236, EDU/ENH291, EDU/HUM/STO292, MAT256, MAT257, PSY101)
  • Synthesize knowledge of current and historical influences on education at the local, state, federal and/or global levels to effectively engage in the professional policies and the political process. (EDU110, EDU220, EDU221, EDU222, EDU230, EDU236, GCU/POS113, POS220)


Major Code: 
Associate in Arts, Elementary Education (AAEE)
Total credits required: 
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses in the program.

+ indicated course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.

As a prerequisite to MAT256, students may place into MAT150 or MAT151 or MAT152 and complete MAT140 or MAT141 or MAT142 with a C in lieu of taking both MAT14+ and MAT12+ or taking MAT15+. A student that tests into MAT15+ can take MAT15+ or MAT14+ prior to MAT256. A student that tests into MAT14+ or lower must take MAT12+ and MAT14+ prior to MAT256.

Students must petition NAU to accept (GCU/POS113) OR (HIS103 and POS221) for POS220.

State certification requirements include courses on the constitutions of US and Arizona. Taking GCU/POS113 for [SB] fulfills this requirement completely. Students who instead take HIS103 or POS110 for [SB] should consider taking POS221 as a Content Area Elective so they have completed study of both constitutions. POS220 meets state certification requirements for both constitutions but does not meet [SB].

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
EDU221Introduction to Education3
EDU222Introduction to the Exceptional Learner3
EDU230Cultural Diversity in Education3
MAT256Investigating Quantity: Number, Operations, and Numeration Systems4
MAT257Investigating Geometry, Probability, and Statistics4
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
A total of 8 semester credits are required to satisfy the Electives for Arizona Professional Teacher Standards: 3 credits in an additional Education course and 5 credits in Content Area Electives.
Courses must transfer to all public Arizona universities as Elective Credit, Departmental Elective, or Equivalent to a university course as indicated in the Arizona Course Equivalency Guide in effect when the course is taken. Courses identified as Non-transferable in the Arizona Course Equivalency Guide cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.
Select one additional EDU course (other than EDU221, EDU222, EDU230 or EDU250):
EDU110Education in Film (3)
EDU220Introduction to Serving English Language Learners (ELL) (3)
EDU236Classroom Relationships (3)
EDU/HUM/STO292The Art of Storytelling (3)3
Choose any combination from the following list of courses and prefixes to total 5 credits of additional coursework. Course(s) selected must be different from those used to fulfill a requirement of the AGEC-A and/or those used to fulfill Required Courses.
Content Area Electives: Select 5 credits from the following:
AAA/CPD115Creating College Success (1)
ARH+++ Any ARH Art Humanities course(s) (3)
ART+++ Any ART Art course(s) (3)
CFS/ECH176Child Development (3)
CFS205Human Development (3)
CIS+++ Any CIS Computer Information Systems course(s) (3)
ECN+++ Any ECN Economics course(s) (3)
BPC+++ Any BPC Business-Personal Computers course(s) (3)
EED215Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness (3)
EDU+++ Any EDU Education course(s) (3) (except EDU221, EDU222, EDU230, and EDU250)
ENG+++ Any ENG English course(s) (3)
ENH+++ Any ENH English Humanities course(s) (3)
GCU+++ Any GCU Cultural Geography course(s) (3)
GPH+++ Any GPH Physical Geography course(s) (3)
HIS+++ Any HIS History course(s) (3)
MAT+++ Any MAT Mathematics course(s) higher than MAT142 (except MAT256 and MAT257) (3-5)
MHL+++ Any MHL Music: History/Literature course(s) (3)
MTC+++ Any MTC Music: Theory/Composition course(s) (3)
POS+++ Any POS Political Science course(s) (3)
THE+++ Any THE Theatre course(s) (3)
THF+++ Any THF Theatre and Film course(s) (3)
THP+++ Any THP Theatre Performance/Production course(s) (3)
Any Foreign Language course (4-5)
Any Natural Science course (3-4)5
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 35-43
A single course with an [HU], [SB], or [L] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s).

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: 3
COM225Public Speaking3
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-5
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT150College Algebra/Functions (5) OR
MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4) OR
MAT152College Algebra/Functions (3) OR
MAT187Precalculus (5) OR
Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area for which MAT15+ is a prerequisite (3-5)3-5
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 3
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications (3)3
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
EDU/ENH291Childrens Literature (3) OR
ENH110Introduction to Literature (3) OR
ENH241American Literature Before 1860 (3) OR
ENH242American Literature After 1860 (3) OR
HUM250Ideas and Values in the Humanities (3) OR
HUM251Ideas and Values in the Humanities (3)3
ARH100Introduction to Art (3) OR
ARH101Prehistoric through Gothic Art (3) OR
ARH102Renaissance Through Contemporary Art (3) OR
DAH100Introduction to Dance (3) OR
DAH201World Dance Studies (3) OR
DAH250Dance in Popular Culture (3) OR
MHL140Survey of Music History (3) OR
MHL145American Jazz and Popular Music (3) OR
MHL146Survey of Broadway Musicals (3) OR
MHL153Rock Music and Culture (3) OR
THE111Introduction to Theatre (3) OR
THE220Modern Drama (3)3
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 6
Select one of the following US History/Government courses. These courses satisfy the United States Constitution requirement for state teacher certification.
HIS103United States History to 1865 (3) OR
POS110American National Government (3) OR
GCU/POS113United States and Arizona Social Studies (3)3
CFS205Human Development (3) OR
ECH/CFS176Child Development (3) OR
GCU121World Geography I: Eastern Hemisphere (3) OR
GCU122World Geography II: Western Hemisphere (3) OR
ECN211Macroeconomic Principles (3) OR
ECN212Microeconomic Principles (3) OR
HIS104United States History 1865 to Present (3) OR
PSY101Introduction to Psychology (3)3
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
The lecture course(s) selected for Natural Sciences must include or be accompanied by the corresponding laboratory course for a total of four (4) credits each. At least four (4) credits must be designated as SQ. Eight (8) credits of SG will not satisfy this requirement.
Life Sciences: Select 4 credits of [SQ] or [SG] in Biology (BIO)4
Physical Sciences or Earth/Space Sciences: Select four 4 credits of SQ or SG from one of the following prefixes:
AGS+++ Any AGS Agricultural Science course(s) (4)
ASM+++ Any ASM Anthropology course(s) (4)
AST+++ Any AST Astronomy course(s) (4)
CHM+++ Any CHM Chemistry course(s) (4)
GPH+++ Any GPH Physical Geography course(s) (4)
GLG+++ Any GLG Geology course(s) (4)
PHS+++ Any PHS Physical Science course(s) (4)
PHY+++ Any PHY Physics course(s) (4)4
Note: Students are advised to check with the university they plan to attend as specific requirements for lab sciences may vary.
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-3
These requirements may be shared with Core Requirements.
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.
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-3
Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0
Met by COM225 in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select 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 an Academic Advisor.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.