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