Our Mission

The mission of the PV Education program is to inspire and prepare knowledgeable and professional educational leaders who advocate for positive change within diverse communities.  We are dedicated to developing collaborative relationships while engaging students through rigorous and relevant learning-centered opportunities.

Early Childhood Education Program at a Glance

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
- Nelson Mandela

PVCC EDU not only offers a degree and career path, but the opportunity to truly make a positive change in the world around us.

Here in the Education department we foster and equip our teacher candidates with the necessary knowledge, skills, and tools to implement ever-lasting change in their future classrooms and communities. Every EDU class is learner-centered and includes active student engagement.  All classes include field trips, service learning, guest presenters, presentations, and more!

Additionally, the Education department offers a multitude of opportunities to get involved on campus and in the community. From High School Outreach and  Structured Autism events to Future Educators Conferences and the Festival of Tales, these activities will enrich your life personally, academically, and professionally.

Program Transfer Partners


Arizona State University

Advisor Contact
Natalie Emery:

Natalie is a Student Outreach Coordinator with Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. She is a certified elementary teacher herself, and is excited to share the valuable information about ASU’s programs and teacher certification opportunities with interested future Sun Devils.

ASU’s Teachers College is nationally ranked and recognized for excellence in their teacher development. They offer twice as much classroom experience than the national average for teachers in training, leading to a 93% job placement rate for graduates of our programs. Visit for a list of program options available to you!

Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University

Advisor Contact
Erin McGehean:

Northern Arizona University offers a dual major in Elementary and Special Education on the Paradise Valley Community College campus. You can complete your associate’s degree and admissions requirements through PVCC. Then you can complete your NAU courses right here on PVCC campus!

The NAU courses for this program are held in the evenings. NAU offers a variety of education programs throughout Maricopa. To learn more schedule an appointment with Erin McGehean.

Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University

Advisor Contact
Matthew Allen:

For over 60 years, Grand Canyon University has maintained a strong reputation as a prestigious Teaching College. At GCU, you will gain a real-world knowledge that can be directly applied to your classroom. Our intentionally-small class sizes allow our instructors to provide you with a comprehensive foundation to build your confidence in the classroom. Earning a degree from GCU's College of Education provides the essential knowledge and in-demand skills needed for today's demanding and diverse classrooms. At GCU, you can choose from a large variety of teaching college programs, including TESOL, elementary, secondary, special education, and educational administration. You can also choose between the traditional campus-based setting, and an entirely online option that will provide flexibility and growth for a bold new generation of students and educators! Learn more about GCU’s unique College of Education Promise here.

As part of GCU’s commitment to providing pathways to higher education, you can schedule an appointment to meet with a GCU transfer specialist down in the Advising Center (KSC) any day of the week!

University or Arizona

University of Arizona

Advisor Contact
Brenna Secore:

Brenna graduated from the UA’s Eller College of Management in 2006 with a degree in Marketing and started working for the Office of Admissions in Maricopa County shortly after. Her job is to bring some of that Wildcat magic up to the Valley of the Sun. She is currently pursuing an online MBA and forgot what it was like to be back in school. She can really sympathize with her students and the difficulty in balancing priorities.

The University of Arizona is located a couple of hours south of here in Tucson with an undergraduate enrollment surpassing 30,000. Despite the large size, the UA broadens your horizon in a cozy, college town atmosphere. We offer over 115 degree programs and many are nationally ranked including health sciences, business, engineering, and fine arts. There is a lot of green space on campus; it is sometimes easy to forget that you’re in Arizona.