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Arizona Programs of Study


The Associate of Arts in Elementary Education is designed for students planning to transfer to an Elementary Education bachelor's degree program at all Arizona public universities and requires a minimum of 60 credits. Students planning to transfer to a university other than an Arizona public university should see an advisor. This degree results in an AGEC-A, which is transferable to all Arizona public universities. 


Requirements (Mathematics, Social/Behavioral Sciences, and Natural Language requirements) differ significantly among state universities. Students should see an advisor to plan their program of study to avoid transfer difficulties. 


AGEC-A Requirements (35 credits)

Beginning Fall 2015 this program will no longer be offered.

*All AGEC coursework must be selected from the approved AGEC list.
Course Course Title Hours
Composition (6 credits)    
ENG 101 College Composition I 3
ENG 102 College Composition II 3
Mathematics (3 credits)    
MAT 140 or higher. College Mathematics 5
Arts/Humanities (6 credits)    
Two courses from different disciplines.   6
Art (ART), Music (MUS), Theatre (THR)   6
Social/Behavioral Sciences (9 credits)    
HIS 131 or HIS 132 U.S. History to 1877 or U.S. History from 1877 (Recommended for Middle School focus) 3
POS 220 Arizona and National Constitution 3

Additional SBS course.

Recommended: GEO 133, HIS 132, PSY 101, SOC 101 3
Physical/Biological Sciences (8 credits)    
Two courses from 2 of the 3 following areas:   8
A. Earth/Space Sciences: Astronomy & Geology    
B. Life Sciences: Anthropology & Biology Recommended: BIO 100, BIO 105 or BIO 109  
C. Physical Sciences: Chemistry, Geography, or Physics    
Options (3 credits)     
CIS 120  Intro to Computer Information Systems 3
Special Requirements  
Must be met within the General Education requirements by a minimum of 2 courses.
Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry "W"
Ethnic/Race/Gender Awareness "E"
Contemporary Global/International Awareness or Historical Awareness "C"

Degree Core Requirements (18 credits)

Course Course Title Hours
EDU 200 Introduction to Education 3
EDU 222 Introduction to the Exceptional Student 3
EDU 230 Cultural Diversity in Education 3
EDU 236 Structured English Immersion 3
MAT 180 Math for Elementary Education Teachers I 3
MAT 181 Math for Elementary Education Teachers II 3

Electives (9 credits)

Any coursework from the following list and/or AGEC to complete 9 credit hours.
Course Course Title Hours
EDU 235 Relationships in Classroom Settings 3
EDU 291 Children's Literature 3
ECE 100 Intro to Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 110 Early Childhood Curriculum 3
ECE 120 Health, Safety & Nutrition for the Young Child 3
ECE 200 Child Guidance 3
ECE 210 Creative Arts for the Young Child 3

ECE 220

Recommended: For students seeking Early Childhood Endorsement.

Language Arts for the Young Child 3
ECE 230 Exploration & Discovery for the Young Child 3

ECE 234

Recommended: For students seeking Early Childhood Endorsement.

Child Growth & Development 3

ECE 240

Recommended: For students seeking Early Childhood Endorsement.

School, Family & Community Relations 3



The outcomes identified below define the knowledge and skill sets that graduates will possess at the end of these programs of study.

  • Communications skills:  Students will articulate ideas both verbally and in writing using technology
  • Diversity and Global Perspective:  Students will recognize, understand, and appreciate diversity.
  • Ethical and Civil Values: Students will recognize and demonstrate ethical behaviors needed in classrooms.
  • Reflection:  Students will begin to develop reflective practices to improve student learning, teaching methods, and professional behaviors.
  • Research & Identify Resources:  Students will access and use information from electronic, library, and community resources to foster lifelong learning. 


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