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Program Contacts

Instructional Specialist Holly Molina (928) 776-2295
Instructional Specialist Mitzi Martin (928) 776-2157
Program Director Tara O'Neill (928) 717-7621
Dean Jill Fitzgerald (928) 776-2277

Quick Facts

About the Associate of Arts in Elementary Education

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 YC Teacher Education Program serves:

  1. Students interested in pursuing careers in teaching in public and private infant-grade 12 schools and Child Care Centers.
  2. Students who transfer to four year programs in Early Childhood/Elementary Education or Secondary 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. 

Thirty-five hours of coursework are concentrated in general education. At Yavapai College the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC-A) is embedded in the Associate of Arts in Elementary Education degree. Arizona General Education (AGEC) special requirements incorporate additional university requirements in Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry (IWR), Ethnic/Race/Gender (ERG) Awareness, and Global/International and Historical (GIH) Awareness areas. 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 their Yavapai College transcript.

The core curriculum consists of three parts: (A) Foundation Studies include critical literacy, precise writing, qualitative thinking, and the process of analysis and synthesis that underlie logical reasoning; (B) Core Studies focus on the conceptual frameworks through which a thinker, a culture, or an academic discipline may approach an issue; (C) Area Studies link foundation skills in thinking and communicating and the core emphasis on conceptual frameworks to the content orientation of academic disciplines. 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.

Three credit hours of communications coursework are required for this degree. Twenty-four credit hours of coursework in this degree are in major and elective studies and content related requirements. This aspect of the degree affords the student an opportunity to begin work on a major area of study.

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 at Yavapai College. Regular advisement is important to build an educational plan and ensure transferability of general education, elective, and major courses. Students intending to transfer to one of the Arizona public universities can obtain specific information on transferability of courses from the Course Equivalency Guide and curriculum transfer guides available from academic advisors. Transfer guides are also available from each university's web site.


*AGEC Special Awareness Requirements Students must complete a course from each of the following areas:

  • Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry (IWR) 
  • ‚ÄčEthnic/Race/Gender (ERG) awareness
  • Global/International or Historical (GIH) awareness

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Associate of Arts in Elementary Education Degree program, the learner will be able to:


  1. Develop a personal philosophy of education and relate it to a future career in education. (EDU 200, EDU/ECE 222, EDU/ECE 230, EDU 239)
  2. Design and present appropriate classroom activities intended to achieve specific student learning outcomes. (EDU 200, EDU/ECE 230, EDU 239)
  3. Analyze teaching styles as they relate to student learning styles. (EDU 200, EDU/ECE 222, EDU 239, MAT 156, MAT 157)
  4. Articulate the concept of multicultural education and its implementation in the public school classroom. (ECE 240, EDU 210, EDU 239)
  5. Describe how the concepts of equity and equal educational opportunity have evolved into educational policy. (ECE 240, EDU 210, EDU/ECE 222, EDU 239)
  6. Discuss society's historical identification and treatment of exceptional children and youth. (EDU/ECE 222)
  7. Explain the relative affects of parents, siblings, peers, teachers, the community, and culture on child development. (EDU/ECE 222)

General Educational Requirements

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