Education - Elementary

A.A. - Transfer Degree

Students planning to enter the field of elementary education may complete their first two years of study at AWC. It is recommended that education majors consult often with their Academic Advisors concerning the courses required for certification in Arizona and/or graduation from a state university with a bachelor’s degree in education.

Program Purpose

Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in education that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an awareness of and a beginning understanding of the teaching profession in regard to its historical context, the implications of the profession, and the role played by public education in contemporary society.
  • Articulate a beginning philosophy of education that incorporates an understanding of relevant theories and models of education.
  • Construct lesson plans based on current best practices, developmental theories, and state and national standards.
  • Implement self-reflection strategies to enhance professional and personal growth.

Program Map

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

Visit Academic Planning to get started on your personalized Academic Plan, or schedule an appointment with the Advising Office or with a Faculty Advisor.

Program Requirements Based on Fall/Spring rotation (AGEC-A certificate also included)

First Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
EDU 110 Introduction to Education 3 Major Requirement
ENG 101
ENG 107
Freshman Composition I 3 GE-Composition
MAT 142 College Mathematics or higher 3 GE-Mathematics
HIS 121 US History to 1877 3 GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences
Physical Science Choose one course from Physical Sciences 4 GE-Physical & Biological Sciences


Co-Curricular Requirements:

Second Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
EDU 210 Cultural Diversity in Education 3 Major Requirement
ENG 102
ENG 108
Freshman Composition II 3 GE-Composition
MAT 130 Math for Elementary Teachers I 3 Major Requirement
SPC 215 Public Speaking 3 GE-Additional Course
Life Science Choose a course from Life Science 4 GE-Physical & Biological Sciences


Co-Curricular Requirements:

Third Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
EDU 222 Introduction to Special Education 3 Major Requirement
MAT 135 Math for Elementary Education II 3 Major Requirement
ECE 240 Child Growth and Development 3 GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences
ECE 265 Children's Literature 3 Departmental Requirement
GEO 105/
HIS 122
World Regional Geography or
History of US since 1877
3 GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences
ART Choose one course from Arts 3 GE-Arts


  • If transferring, apply to universities

Co-Curricular Requirements:

Fourth Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
EDU 200 Lesson Planning 2 Departmental Requirement
EDU 207 Education Practicum 1 Major Requirement
EDU 275 Classroom Management 3 Major Requirement
POS 221 Arizona Constitution and Government 2 Major Requirement
POS 222 National Constitution and Government 1 Major Requirement
HUM Choose one course from ENG Humanities (Writing Intensive) 3 GE-Humanities 
Elective Choose any General Elective (100-level or higher) 2-3 General Elective


Co-Curricular Requirements:

  • Attend Etiquette Lunch
  • Meet with Career Services
  • Apply for university scholarship opportunities  
Open the program map above to view the recommended classes to complete the program. You can also print the program map using the button above.

Transfer Information

Arizona State University BAE Elementary Education  None
Northern Arizona University BSED Elementary Education None
University of Arizona  BAE Elementary Education 4th Semester Proficiency

Transfer Tools

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AZTransfer will provide you with more information and tools on how to transfer to ASU, NAU, and UofA.

Need help with transferring?  The AWC Transfer Services office can provide you with individualized help to explore degree pathways and specific university requirements.  Visit their website or schedule an appointment with a transfer specialist.