Associate of Arts in Elementary Education

About this degree


University TransferIf you enjoy children, feel you have a talent for teaching and you want to help improve the world, the Associate of Arts in Elementary Education (AAEE) is a degree program you should consider. The AAEE degree is a transfer degree providing you with foundational skills in the elementary teaching field while preparing you for initial teacher certification programs at the state’s three public universities. The general education component of the AAEE degree is specifically designed to fulfill the lower division general education requirements at NAU, ASU and UofA.

Additionally, with your AAEE degree in hand, you meet current elementary school requirements to be a classroom instructional assistant. You have the credentials to work in your chosen setting while completing your bachelor’s degree.

NPC Requirements

  • The Associate of Arts in Elementary Education degree requires a minimum of 64 hours of course credits with a “C” or better in all courses and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Some courses have placement requirements or prerequisites that may result in coursework beyond 64 credits. These courses, too, require a grade of “C” or better. For information about prerequisites, see an NPC academic adviser.
  • In most general education courses, special emphasis is placed on developing written communication skills with intensive writing requirements. Race and ethnic issue awareness is embedded throughout the general education requirements. Specific courses, as noted, meet the requirement for Contemporary Global/International or Historical Awareness.

Degree Requirements

General Education • 35 credits

Completion of the 35 general education course credits fulfills requirements for the Arizona General Education Education Curriculum (AGEC-A).

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Core Requirements • 15 credits

You MUST complete all five of the following courses:

  • EDU 200 Introduction to Education • 3 credits
  • EDU 220 Diversity in Education • 3 credits
  • EDU 222 Introduction to Special Education • 3 credits
  • MAT 161 Algebra-based Math for Elementary Teachers I • 3 credits
  • MAT 162 Algebra-based Math for Elementary Teachers II • 3 credits

Required Electives • 6 credits

  • CIS 105 Computer Applications and Information Technology • 3 credits

PLUS, Successful completion of one of the following:

  • EDU 276 Managing the Learning Environment • 3 credits
  • EDU 286 Educational Technology • 3 credits
  • EDU 291 Children's Literature • 3 credits
  • ENL 291 Children's Literature • 3 credits

Electives • 8 credits

Successful completion of eight credits of unduplicated university transferrable electives.

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