Associate of Arts in Elementary Education

Arts in Elementary Education

Associate of Arts in Elementary EducationIf 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.


  • 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.

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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English • 6 credits
  • ENL 101 College Composition I • 3 credits
  • ENL 102 College Composition II • 3 credits
Mathematics • 3 credits

Select one of the following, or a mathematics course for which MAT 142 or MAT 152 is a prerequisite.

  • MAT 142 College Math with Contemporary Applications • 3 credits
  • MAT 152 Advanced Algebra • 3 credits
Arts and Humanities • 9 credits

Select three courses from at least two disciplines.

  • ART 101 Understanding Art • 3 credits
  • ART 115 Art History I • 3 credits
  • ART 116 Art History II • 3 credits
  • ART 215 Native American Art • 3 credits
  • ENL 220 World Literature I • 3 credits
  • ENL 221 World Literature II • 3 credits
  • ENL 224 English Literature I • 3 credits
  • ENL 225 English Literature II • 3 credits
  • ENL 230 American Literature I • 3 credits
  • ENL 231 American Literature II • 3 credits
  • HUM 150 Humanities in the Western World I • 3 credits
  • HUM 151 Humanities in the Western World II • 3 credits
  • MUS 150 Music Appreciation • 3 credits
  • MUS 250 World Music • 3 credits
  • PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy • 3 credits
  • PHL 103 Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking • 3 credits
  • PHL 105 Introduction to Ethics • 3 credits
  • SPT 130 Introduction to Theatre • 3 credits
  • SPT 150 Introduction to Film • 3 credits
  • SPT 155 History of Television • 3 credits
Physical and Biological Sciences • 8 credits

Select two courses. Students may transfer either CHM 130 or CHM 151, but not both; therefore, taking CHM 130 and CHM 151 will not satisfy the 8-credit requirement.

  • ANT 104 Biological Anthropology and Human Origins • 4 credits
  • BIO 100 Biology Concepts • 4 credits
  • BIO 105 Environmental Biology • 4 credits
  • BIO 160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I • 4 credits
  • BIO 181 General Biology I • 4 credits
  • BIO 182 General Biology II • 4 credits
  • CHM 130 Fundamental Chemistry • 4 credits
  • CHM 151 General Chemistry I • 4 credits
  • CHM 152 General Chemistry II • 4 credits
  • GEO 111 Physical Geography • 4 credits
  • GLG 101 Introduction to Geology I - Physical • 4 credits
  • GLG 102 Introduction to Geology II - Historical • 4 credits
  • PHY 113 General Physics I • 4 credits
  • PHY 114 General Physics II • 4 credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences • 9 credits

Select three courses from at least two disciplines. Select at least one asterisk (*) course to meet requirements for Contemporary Global/International or Historical Awareness.

  • *ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology • 3 credits
  •  ANT 120 Buried Cities and Lost Tribes • 3 credits
  •  ECN 211 Principles of Macroeconomics • 3 credits
  •  ECN 212 Principles of Microeconomics • 3 credits
  • *GEO 110 World Regional Geography • 3 credits
  •  GEO 120 Human Geography • 3 credits
  • *HIS 105 U.S. History to 1877 • 3 credits
  • *HIS 106 U.S. History since 1877 • 3 credits
  • *HIS 155 Western Civilization to 1700 • 3 credits
  • *HIS 156 Western Civilization since 1700 • 3 credits
  •  POS 110 American Government • 3 credits
  •  PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology • 3 credits
  •  PSY 240 Developmental Psychology • 3 credits
  •  SOC 120 General Sociology • 3 credits
  •  SOC 121 Social Problems in America • 3 credits
  •  SOC 130 Racial, Ethnic & Gender Relations in Modern Society • 3 credits
  •  SOC 225 Sociology of the Family • 3 credits

Core Requirements

15 credits

You must complete all five 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

Electives: 

Required

14 credits

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • EDU 272 Educational Psychology • 3 credits
  • EDU 276 Managing the Learning Environment • 3 credits
  • EDU 291 Children’s Literature • 3 credits
  • ENL 291 Children’s Literature • 3 credits

Plus, you must successfully complete all three of the following courses:

  • CIS 105 Computer Applications and Information Technology • 3 credits
  • POS 221 Arizona Constitution • 1 credit
  • POS 222 U.S. Constitution • 1 credit

Plus, successful completion of six credits of unduplicated electives from the General Education Requirements list.


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