Special Programs

Future Educators Club (FEC)

Join in on the Future Educators Club activities! Socialize with other education majors, get professional advice from guest speakers on education topics, connect personally with your MCC instructors, and take advantage of great résumé opportunities for service and leadership. Participation in FEC meetings and events might count for extra credit in education courses – check with your instructor. All MCC education majors are FEC members. Check us out on Facebook!

Contact: Tawn Hauptli, 480-461-7912, tawn.hauptli@mesacc.edu

FEC Google Group

All MCC education majors and instructors should join our FEC Google Group to receive and post emails on Future Educators Club meetings and special events, advisement updates, university transfer tips, scholarship opportunities and volunteer of job opportunities for future teachers. Follow the directions below to join:

  1. Go to www.My.Maricopa.edu and click on the Maricopa Email icon.  Log in.
  2. In a separate window, go to http://groups.google.com/group/fec-mcc.
  3. Click on Sign In to View This Group.  Enter your student email address (MEID@maricopa.edu) and your My.Maricopa.edu password.
  4. Choose how you want to read posts to the group.

  5. Your FIRST and LAST name should automatically be populated.  If not, type them in.

  6. In the text box, type in the education class you are enrolled in and your instructor’s name. (Ex. EDU221 with Julie Garner)

  7. Click Apply to This Group. You won’t have immediate access to the group.  As soon as one of the managers approves the membership, you’ll be added to the Google Group!

MCC Educators Academy

For community members working in or exploring the P-12 teaching field, these FREE workshops at Mesa Community College’s Southern & Dobson campus promote effective practices for working with children as well as inspire a greater enthusiasm for teaching.  See  https://sites.google.com/site/mcceducatorsacademy/  ** Seating is limited! **

Teachers of Language Learners Learning Community (TL³C)

The TL³C Project is a five-year grant funded through the U.S. Department of Education to increase the pool of effective teachers of language learners (TLLs), and to improve the instruction and support of TLLs in various programs at local Title I schools.  MCC students participating in TL³C may Receive partial tuition, fee and book scholarships for 4 semesters (limited to 20 approved participants per academic year).  Click on this TL³C Project link for details. 

Guanajuato, México Summer Study Abroad

Participants in this month-long cultural immersion learning experience earn college credits complemented by home-stay, service learning and weekend excursions.  EDU courses available!  It’s a great foundation for teaching in a multicultural society!  See: http://www.mesacc.edu/study-abroad/guanajuato-mexico or contact Jaime Herrera, jaime.herrera@mesacc.edu, 480-461-7484.

Maricopa to ASU Pathways Program (MAPP)

This alliance was formed to promote positive and seamless experiences for Maricopa Community County College District students who transfer to Arizona State University. Partnership strategies have been designed to significantly increase the number of students who complete a community college degree, transfer to and persist at the university, and graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

Benefits to students include:

  • Guaranteed admission to ASU degree programs.
  • Cost-effective pathway ensuring that all of your courses transfer and apply to your ASU degree.
  • Eligibility for participation in the ASU Tuition Commitment program.
  • Merit scholarships may be available.
  • Transfer support and pre-enrollment services by ASU transfer staff who visit your community college.

For more information, visit http://www.asu.edu/transfer.

NAU 2+2 Programs

Although Northern Arizona University’s main campus is located in Flagstaff, through NAU’s extended campuses elementary and special education teacher certification bachelor’s degrees can be completed right here in the Valley of the Sun! These programs are dubbed “2+2” because NAU offers only the junior and senior level courses here, so students need to complete their freshman and sophomore years at the community college first. For more information, visit http://extended.nau.edu

Connect2NAU Program

Enrolling in the Connect2NAU program is easy and it comes with the following great benefits.  Contact mesa2nau@nau.edu or 480-461-7984 to meet with an NAU representative at MCC to get on board.

  1. You'll be able to earn your NAU bachelor's degree without leaving your community
  2. You'll receive guidance and support from a Connect2NAU coordinator located on your community college campus
  3. You'll have the best value for your money  - a quality education at a great price
  4. You'll gain access to NAU resources - an NAU ID card, email account and use of NAU's Cline library and scholarship opportunities

NAUTeach for Prospective Math and Science Teachers

Arizona needs more highly qualified math and science teachers.  NAUTeach is modeled after the successful University of Texas at Austin program where science and math majors can explore teaching as a career in a low-risk manner before making a commitment to the teaching profession.  Beginning Fall 2010 one-credit introductory classes (EDU111 and EDU112) can be taken at MCC to provide field experiences in local K-12 classrooms in preparation for the NAUTeach program. Students complete freshman and sophomore years at MCC or another Maricopa College, spend three semesters at NAU-Flagstaff, then finish their final semester as an apprentice teacher back in the East Valley.  The BS Ed in Secondary Education degree options are in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, General Science and Math. Contact Julie Garner at Julie.Garner@mesacc.edu or 480-461-7890.

Summer Noyce Internships Available in Math and Science Education

The MCC Education Studies Department in conjunction with the NAUTeach program is facilitating paid internships to provide college freshmen and sophomores a chance to observe and engage in science and mathematics teaching with K-12 youth. The purpose is to encourage the pursuit of careers in secondary science or mathematics education.  Funding is provided through a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship grant from the National Science Foundation.  Click on the Noyce Internship link in the left-hand column for details.