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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Family Life Education

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Family Life Education provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to study in fields related to family life education, human development, or child and family studies. The program includes study of child and adult development, marriage and family relationships, and the intersections of school, community, and family. Students can pursue careers in public, private, and human service agencies working with children, youth, and families. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Child and Family Organizations, Management and Administration is available and can be fully embedded in this AA.

Details

Academic Plan Code: 
8139
Award: 
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Family Life Education
Total credits required: 
60-73
Effective term: 
2020 Fall
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

For some occupations within this field, students may be required to have a current Identity Verified Print (IVP) Fingerprint Clearance Card and a current TB vaccination. Please consult with your faculty mentor to discuss these and other occupational requirements.

This program replaces: AAS/3044 Family Life Education

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Describe the developmental framework, processes, and contexts of human development. (CFS205, CFS210, CFS259, PSY101, SOC101, (COM), [FYC])
  • Describe basic research methods, ethical considerations, and cross-cultural research in the family and human development field. (CFS157, CFS205, CFS210, CFS243, CFS250, PSY101, SOC101, (COM), (CRE), [CS], [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SG/SQ])
  • Describe major theories of human development. (CFS205, CFS259, PSY101, SOC101, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [SG/SQ])
  • Describe the foundations of the family life education field as well as its historical, contemporary, and future contexts. (CFS112, CFS157, CFS177, CFS210, CFS243, CFS250, CFS259, SOC101, (COM), (CRE), [FYC])
  • Evaluate current national and global policies and dynamics that impact family systems. (CFS157, CFS177, CFS210, CFS243, CFS250, CFS259, PSY101, SOC101, (CRE), [CS], [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SG/SQ])
  • Analyze emerging issues that impact the development of family social policy. (CFS157, CFS210, CFS243, CFS250, CFS259, PSY101, SOC101, (CRE), [CS], [FYC], [HU], [MA])
  • Compare and contrast historical, social, and political factors, values, and practices that impact diverse family groups. (CFS157, CFS210, CFS243, CFS250, CFS259, SOC101, (CRE), [FYC], [HU])
  • Describe diverse human behaviors throughout the life cycle. (CFS112, CFS157, CFS177, CFS205, CFS210, CFS243, CFS259, PSY101, SOC101, (CRE))
  • Apply theories and methodologies used when studying human behavior. (CFS157, CFS177, CFS205, CFS210, CFS243, CFS259, PSY101, SOC101, [SG/SQ])
  • Evaluate the context and the issues of work experiences that impact the family and human development professional. (CFS112, CFS210, CFS250, (CRE))
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:3
CFS210Family Life Education3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-25
Complete all courses in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (typically 64).
Subplan 1: Arizona State University (Tempe, Online), Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Development
PSY+++++Any PSY Psychology course3
SOC+++++Any SOC Sociology course3
Subplan 2: University of Arizona, Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Development
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
SOC101Introduction to Sociology3
CFS157Marriage and Family Life3
Foreign Language Credits:0-10
Complete two semesters of language courses within the same prefix, including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++++Any ARB Arabic course(s)
CHI+++++Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++++Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++++Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++++Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++++Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++++Any SPA Spanish course(s)
SLG+++++Any SLG Sign Language course(s)0-10
Subplan 3: Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Applied Human Behavior - Language Track (90/30 Program)
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++++Any ARB Arabic course(s)
CHI+++++Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++++Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++++Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++++Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++++Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++++Any SPA Spanish course(s)
SLG+++++Any SLG Sign Language course(s)0-20
NOTE: This pathway represents the 60 credits required to complete the Associate of Arts at MCCCD. Students in the NAU 90/30 program should consult with their NAU advisor to determine the additional 30 credits they should complete.
Subplan 4: Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Applied Human Behavior - Science Track (90/30 Program)
Natural Science Credits:8
Any two (2) approved general education courses in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area.8
Note: Courses selected must be different from those used to fulfill the AGEC-A Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ] area.
NOTE: This pathway represents the 60 credits required to complete the Associate of Arts at MCCCD. Students in the NAU 90/30 program should consult with their NAU advisor to determine the additional 30 credits they should complete.
Subplan 5: Arizona Christian University, Bachelor of Arts in Family Studies - Emphasis in Child Life
CFS177Parent-Child Interaction3
CFS243Cross-Cultural Parenting3
CFS250Social Policy and Families3
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
Foreign Language Credits:0-10
Complete two semesters of language courses within the same prefix, including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++++Any ARB Arabic course(s)
CHI+++++Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++++Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++++Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++++Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++++Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++++Any SPA Spanish course(s)
SLG+++++Any SLG Sign Language course(s)0-10
Subplan 6: Arizona Christian University, Bachelor of Arts in Family Studies - Emphasis in Early Childhood
CFS177Parent-Child Interaction3
CFS243Cross-Cultural Parenting3
CFS250Social Policy and Families3
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
Foreign Language Credits:0-10
Complete two semesters of language courses within the same prefix, including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++++Any ARB Arabic course(s)
CHI+++++Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++++Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++++Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++++Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++++Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++++Any SPA Spanish course(s)
SLG+++++Any SLG Sign Language course(s)0-10
Subplan 7: Arizona Christian University, Bachelor of Arts in Family Studies - Emphasis in Marriage and Family
CFS177Parent-Child Interaction3
CFS243Cross-Cultural Parenting3
CFS250Social Policy and Families3
CFS259Sexuality over the Lifespan3
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
Foreign Language Credits:0-10
Complete two semesters of language courses within the same prefix, including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++++Any ARB Arabic course(s)
CHI+++++Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++++Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++++Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++++Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++++Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++++Any SPA Spanish course(s)
SLG+++++Any SLG Sign Language course(s)0-10
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 35-45
A single course with an [HU], [SB], [L], or [SG/SQ] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s). See the AGEC Matrix for course designations.

 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.3
PSY290ABOR PSY290AC Research Methods recommended for students intending to transfer to University of Arizona.
COM225Public Speaking recommended for students intending to transfer to Arizona Christian University.
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-6
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT145College Mathematics with Review (5) OR
MAT146College Mathematics with Review (6) OR
Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area (3-6)3-6
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 3-4
Any approved general education courses in the Computers, Statistics, and Quantitative Applications [CS] area.3-4
GBS221OR + MAT206 OR + SWU225 OR + PSY230 recommended for students intending to transfer to Arizona State University
PSY230OR + MAT206 recommended for students intending to transfer to University of Arizona
PSY230recommended for students intending to transfer to Arizona Christian University for Bachelor of Arts in Family Studies - Emphasis in Early Childhood
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.6
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 6
CFS112Personal Growth and Family Relations3
CFS205Human Development3
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area (4).8
(BIO156OR BIO181) and [(BIO160, or BIO201, or (FON241 and FON241LL)] recommended for students intending to transfer to University of Arizona.
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with Core Requirements.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course with the Historical [H] or Global [G] awareness area designation.0-3
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
General Electives
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-22
Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with faculty advisors, the Program Director or an Academic Advisor to select appropriate courses.
Recommend that students choose general electives from the CFS prefix, specifically the following (if not already required by a student`s chosen transfer subplan):
CFS210Family Life Education3
CFS240Human Behavior in Context3
CFS243Cross-cultural Parenting3
CFS250Social Policy and Families3
CFS258Families in Society3
CFS259Sexuality Over the Life Span3
Students who complete the following courses will satisfy the requirements for the Certificate of Completion (CCL) (5401) in Child and Family Organizations Management and Administration:
CFS206Child and Family Organizations: Management and Administration3
CFS207Organization and Community Leadership in Child and Family Organizations3
CFS208Child and Family Organizations: Fiscal Management and Grant Writing3
CFS209Child and Family Organizations: Project Management3
FCS250Portfolio Development and Professional Writing3
FCS260Family and Consumer Science Internship1

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