2023-2024 Yavapai College Catalog 
    May 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Yavapai College Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

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 Elementary Education Program serves:

  1. Students interested in pursuing careers in K-8 education.
  2. Students who transfer to four-year degree programs in Elementary 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.

General Education Requirements (AGEC-A) (35 credits)

Note: Complete at least one Physical Science and one Life Science course. Physical Sciences include: Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Geology; Life Sciences include: Biology, Anatomy, Botany.


*Communication is not required for an AGEC, but at least 3 credits from the Communiction list will be required for an Associate's 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.
  2. Present appropriately designed classroom activities intended to achieve specific student learning outcomes.
  3. Analyze teaching styles as they relate to student learning styles.
  4. Compare and contrast the concepts of multicultural education and its implementation in the public school classroom.
  5. Examine how the concepts of equity and equal educational opportunity have evolved into educational policy.
  6. Examine society's historical identification and treatment of exceptional children and youth.
  7. Argue the relative effects of parents, siblings, peers, teachers, the community, and culture on child development.
  8. Utilize technology to organize information, analyze and evaluate data, and complete tasks more efficiently.