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Elementary Education

Associate of Arts

Complete the first two years of an elementary education degree and choose a concentration in Early Childhood or Elementary Education and transfer to a four-year degree program.

Program/Major/Concentration Codes: AOAEDUCATION/EDU/**** (see concentration codes below)

What can I do with this degree?

Career options:  Elementary school instructional aide.

Academic options:  Transfer to a four-year elementary education degree program.  Students interested in secondary education, rehabilitation, or special education should pursue the general Associate of Arts degree.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses.* A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

English Composition:  WRT 101 [SUN# ENG 1101] and 102,
or WRT 107 and 108
Subtotal 6

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
EDU 202 Introduction to the Exceptional Learner 3
Subtotal 3

Required Support Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Required Support Courses
ART 105 Exploring Art and Visual Studies 3
HIS 101 Introduction to Western Civilization I 3
HIS 141 History of the United States I 3
BIO 105IN Environmental Biology 4
Earth/Space Science or Physical Science** 4-5
Mathematics: take all three courses
MAT 142 Topics in College Mathematics (or any Math course numbered 151 or higher) 9
MAT 146 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
MAT 147 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
Civics and Government
POS 210 National and State Constitutions
Elementary Science
SCT 280 Process of Science for Elementary Educators I 3
SCT 281 Process of Science for Elementary Educators II 3
Social and Behavioral Science
GEO 103 Cultural Geography 3
Subtotal 38-39

Core Concentration - A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Choose one of the following concentrations. A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Elementary Education (Concentration Code: EDUL)
EDU 200 Introduction to Education 3
EDU 201 Diversity in Education 3
EDU 206 Relationships in Classroom Settings 3
ETT 101 Introduction to Educational Technology 3
Speech Communication or Language*** 3-5
Subtotal 15-17
Early Childhood Education (Concentration Code: EDUC)
(only for students planning to transfer to UA South for the B.S. in Elementary Education and the Early Childhood Education Endorsement)
ECE 117 Child Growth and Development 3
ECE 118**** Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 228 The Young Child: Family, Culture and Community 3
ECE 240 Assessment of Young Children 3
ECE 292 Early Childhood Education: Theory to Practice ***** 4
Language****** 4-5
Subtotal 20-21
Total 62-69

* Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses:  Mathematics - MAT 142 fulfills this requirement; Humanities and Fine Arts - ART 105 and HIS 101 fulfill this requirement; Biological and Physical Sciences - BIO 105IN and one of the Earth/Space or Physical Sciences listed below fulfill this requirement; Social and Behavioral Sciences - GEO 103 and POS 210 fulfill this requirement; Other Requirements - HIS 141 and either the language or SPE course fulfill this requirement; I/C/G - HIS 101 and 141 fulfill this requirement.

** Choose one of the following:  AST 101/101LB or AST 101INAST 102/102LB or AST 102INGLG 101IN [SUN# GLG 1101]GLG 102INCHM 121/121LB or CHM 121IN; CHM 130/130LB or CHM 130IN [SUN# CHM 1130];  CHM 151/151LB or CHM 151IN [SUN# CHM 1151]GEO 101; GEO 102; PHY 115/115LBPHY 121/121LB or PHY 121IN [SUN# PHY 1111].

*** Students planning to attend ASU or NAU may complete SPE 102 [SUN# COM 1100] or SPE 110 or a language course; students planning to attend the UA must complete one of the following: ARB 202, CHI 202, FRE 202, GER 202 [SUN# GER 2202], ITA 202 [SUN# ITA 2202], JPN 202, LAT 202 [SUN# LAT 2202], POR 202, RUS 202 [SUN# RUS 2202], SLG 202, SPA 202 [SUN# SPA 2202], or SPA 203.

**** ECE 118 only applies if taken after Summer 2014.

***** Students may request a waiver for the ECE 292 requirement provided one year of full-time early childhood (pre-K and/or Kindergarten) experience can be documented.

****** Complete a second semester language course (numbered 102) from the following:  ARB 102, CHI 102, FRE 102, GER 102ITA 102, JPN 102, KOR 102, LAT 102, POR 102, RUS 102, SLG 102, SPA 102, THO 102, TUR 102.