Students planning to enter the field of elementary education can complete their first two years of study at Arizona Western College. An Associate in Arts degree in Elementary Education will prepare students to transfer to a university and earn their bachelor’s degree. Education majors should consult 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.

Graduates of these programs will successfully complete the following 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

Programs

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AA in Education (Elementary)

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
or 
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
    16  

Milestones:

Co-Curricular Requirements:

Second Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
EDU 210 Cultural Diversity in Education 3 Major Requirement
ENG 102
or
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
    16  

Milestones:

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
    18  

Milestones:

  • 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
    14-15  

Milestones:

Co-Curricular Requirements:

  • Attend Etiquette Lunch
  • Meet with Career Services
  • Apply for university scholarship opportunities  

AA in Education (Elementary with Early Childhood Education Emphasis)

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
or 
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
    16  

Milestones:

Co-Curricular Requirements:

Second Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
EDU 210 Cultural Diversity in Education 3 Major Requirement
ENG 102
or
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
    16  

Milestones:

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
    18  

Milestones:

  • 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
    14-15  

Milestones:

Co-Curricular Requirements:

  • Attend Etiquette Lunch
  • Meet with Career Services
  • Apply for university scholarship opportunities  

Transfer Paths and Requirements

UNIVERSITY DEGREE MAJOR LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT
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.  

Career Overview & Job Outlook

Successful completion of this program may lead to a variety of employment opportunities, most of which require continued higher education at the university level. Below are examples of related occupations and annual mean wages in Arizona according to a May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Teaching Assistants
Perform duties that are instructional in nature or deliver direct services to students or parents. Serve in a position for which a teacher has ultimate responsibility for the design and implementation of educational programs and services.
$26,590
Short-Term Substitute Teachers 
Teach students on a short-term basis as a temporary replacement for a regular classroom teacher, typically using the regular teacher’s lesson plan.
$30,080
Kindergarten Teachers 
Teach academic and social skills to kindergarten students.
$45,310
Elementary School Teachers 
Teach academic and social skills to students at the elementary school level
$45,600
Kindergarten and Elementary School Special Education Teachers 
Teach elementary school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.
$46,230
Instructional Coordinators 
Develop instructional material, coordinate educational content, and incorporate current technology into instruction in order to provide guidelines to educators and instructors for developing curricula and conducting courses. May train and coach teachers. Includes educational consultants and specialists, and instructional material directors.
$54,550

Contact Information

Michael Moghtader
Associate Dean, Liberal Arts and Education
928-317-6248
Office: LR 072
Patricia Powers
Coordinator of Education
(928) 317-6051
Office: CDLL
Michelle Keeling
Professor of Education
(928) 344-7676
Office:  CDLL
Victoria Willoughby
Senior Secretary
928-344-7591
Office: LR 068