2018-19 Catalog 
  
    Oct 19, 2018  
2018-19 Catalog

Associate of Arts in Elementary Education ∞


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Credit Hours Required: 62

The vision for the Teacher Preparation Program at Yavapai College is one of a quality program that adapts to the dynamic needs of students, children, their families and the community.

The YC Teacher Education Program serves:

  1. Students interested in pursuing careers in teaching in public and private infant-grade 12 schools and Child Care Centers.
  2. Students who transfer to four year programs in Early Childhood/Elementary Education or Secondary Education.
  3. In-service teachers seeking to improve their teaching skills through additional coursework and/or professional development activities.

The Associate of Arts in Elementary Education degree requires completion of 62 credit hours. This degree is designed for students interested in elementary education who are preparing to transfer to one of the Arizona public universities to complete a baccalaureate program and qualify for an Arizona teaching certificate.

Students preparing to transfer to an upper-division baccalaureate degree program should contact an advisor in the major field of study at the transfer institution in addition to meeting regularly with a faculty advisor and/or academic advisor at Yavapai College.

Regular advisement is important to build an educational plan and ensure transferability of general education, elective, and major courses.

Note: The Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC-A) is embedded in the Associate of Arts in Elementary Education degree. Upon completion of all 35 credit hours (including the Special Requirements) of the AGEC with a grade of “C” or higher, the student will receive recognition of completion on the transcript and guaranteed transferability of the AGEC upon admission to one of the state universities in Arizona.

Students must complete a course from each of the following AGEC Special Awareness areas:

  • Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry (IWR)
  • Ethnic/Race/Gender (ERG) awareness
  • Global/International or Historical (GIH) awareness

Note: This program can be completed entirely online. Not all general education options or major and elective studies are offered online, however there will be a variety of online classes from which to choose in order to meet the requirements.

AGEC-A Requirements (35 credits)


  1. Foundation Studies (9 credits)
    1.   Credits: 6
    2.   Credits: 3
  2. Core Studies (6 credits)
    1. HIS 231  (Historical Perspective) Credits: 3 IWR ERG GIH
    2.   Credits: 3
  3. Area Studies (20 credits)
    1.   Credits: 8

Note: Select and complete two laboratory science courses from the approved list of General Education Courses in two of the following categories: a. Life: Biology, Environmental Science, Botany, Anatomy (4); b Physical: Geography, Physics, Chemistry (4); c. Earth/Space: Astronomy, Geology (4)

  1.   Credits: 6
  2. ECE 234  (Behavioral Science) Credits: 3
  3.   Credits: 3

Communication Requirement (3 credits)


You may select from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the Communication component of this degree.

Program Outcomes


Upon successful completion of the Associate of Arts in Elementary Education Degree program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Create a personal philosophy of education and relate it to a future career in education. (EDU 200, EDU/ECE 222)
  2. Design and present appropriate classroom activities intended to achieve specific student learning outcomes. (AJS 290, EDU 200)
  3. Analyze teaching styles as they relate to student learning styles. (EDU 200, EDU 210, EDU/ECE 222, MAT 156, MAT 157)
  4. Compare and contrast the concepts of multicultural education and its implementation in the public school classroom. (AJS 290, ECE 240, EDU 210)
  5. Examine how the concepts of equity and equal educational opportunity have evolved into educational policy. (AJS 290, ECE 240, EDU 210, EDU/ECE 222)
  6. Examine society’s historical identification and treatment of exceptional children and youth. (AJS 290, EDU 210, EDU/ECE 222)
  7. Argue the relative effects of parents, siblings, peers, teachers, the community, and culture on child development. (EDU/ECE 222, ECE 240)
  8. Utilize technology to organize information, analyze and evaluate data, and complete tasks more efficiently. (CSA 110, EDU 210)
  9. Argue the relative effects of parents, siblings, peers, teachers, the community, and culture on child development. (EDU/ECE 222, ECE 240)
  10. Utilize technology to organize information, analyze and evaluate data, and complete tasks more efficiently. (CSA 110, EDU 210)

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