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Early Childhood Education

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is designed to prepare individuals for employment as early childhood professionals in a variety of educational settings. The AAS program includes courses based on current ECE theory and practice as well as general education classes to broaden a student's base of knowledge. Certificates of Completion are also available.

Details

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3186
Total Credits Required
60-71
Catalog Year
2020-2021

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Design developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate learning experiences that promote each child's growth and development in the following domains: Social-Emotional, Physical, Cognitive, and Language and Literacy.
  2. Implement developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate learning experiences.
  3. Maintain a safe, caring, inclusive, and healthy learning environment according to best practices and local, state, and national standards.
  4. Assess children's learning and development through observation and documentation, using guidelines established by the profession.
  5. Establish reciprocal, culturally responsive relationships with families and communities.
  6. Utilize communication skills to advocate for children and their families.
  7. Practice ethical and professional standards and behavior.
  8. Advocate for an ethical, equitable, diverse, and effective early childhood education profession.
  9. Engage in reflective practice and continuous learning through education and research.
  10. Collaborate with peers to problem solve within early childhood education and other disciplines.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Education and Childcare Administrators, Preschool and Daycare

$39,430

Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

$44,490

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

$28,850

Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School

$45,720

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EED200 Foundations of Early Childhood Education Critical course SB 3
EED222 or
EDU222
Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight or Introduction to the Exceptional Learner C, SB 3
(CFS101AH and
ECH281)
or
EED210 or
ECH128
(Art Activities for the Young Child and Movement/Music for the Young Child) or Creative and Cognitive Play or Early Learning: Play And The Arts 2–3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM225 is recommended for students who wish to transfer to the BAE at ASU SB or L 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
(ECH272 and
ECH273 and
ECH275 and
ECH279)
or
EED278
(Science For The Young Child and Math for the Young Child and Literacy Development and the Young Child and Early Childhood Curriculum Development) or Early Learning: Curriculum And Instruction - Birth/Preschool 3–4
EED225 Language and Literacy in the Context of Culture and Relationships 3
CFS/ECH284AB or
(EED260 and
EED261)
Early Childhood Teaching Internship or (Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Internship and Early Childhood Preschool Internship) 2–3
RE Restricted Elective 3
MA Mathematics Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3–6

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
(ECH140 and
ECH270)
or
EED280
(Learning Made Visible Through Documentation and Observing Young Children) or Standards, Observation and Assessment of Typical/Atypical Behaviors of Young Children Birth to Age 8 2–3
(ECH269 and
ECH287)
or
EED255
(Child Care Seminar and Professional Development in Early Childhood Education) or Portfolio Development and Writing for the Profession 2–3
RE Restricted Elective 3
RE Restricted Elective 3
RE Restricted Elective 0–3
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area SG or SQ 4

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CFS/ECH176 or
CFS235 or
EED205
Child Development or Developing Child: Theory into Practice, Prenatal - Age 8 or The Developing Child: Prenatal to Age Eight Critical course Gateway course SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3
EED200 Foundations of Early Childhood Education Critical course SB 3

Term 2

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EED225 Language and Literacy in the Context of Culture and Relationships 3
MA Mathematics Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3–6

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM225 is recommended for students who wish to transfer to the BAE at ASU SB or L 3
(ECH272 and
ECH273 and
ECH275 and
ECH279)
or
EED278
(Science For The Young Child and Math for the Young Child and Literacy Development and the Young Child and Early Childhood Curriculum Development) or Early Learning: Curriculum And Instruction - Birth/Preschool 3–4
RE Restricted Elective 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EED222 or
EDU222
Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight or Introduction to the Exceptional Learner C, SB 3
(CFS101AH and
ECH281)
or
EED210 or
ECH128
(Art Activities for the Young Child and Movement/Music for the Young Child) or Creative and Cognitive Play or Early Learning: Play And The Arts 2–3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design EDU291 or EDU292 Recommended HU 3
CFS/ECH284AB or
(EED260 and
EED261)
Early Childhood Teaching Internship or (Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Internship and Early Childhood Preschool Internship) 2–3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
(ECH140 and
ECH270)
or
EED280
(Learning Made Visible Through Documentation and Observing Young Children) or Standards, Observation and Assessment of Typical/Atypical Behaviors of Young Children Birth to Age 8 2–3
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area SG or SQ 4

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
(ECH269 and
ECH287)
or
EED255
(Child Care Seminar and Professional Development in Early Childhood Education) or Portfolio Development and Writing for the Profession 2–3
RE Restricted Elective 3
RE Restricted Elective 0–3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=143913).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.