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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Early Childhood Education

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Early Childhood Education provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum in early childhood education. Students study child development, curriculum design and development, theory and practice in the education of young children, and the intersections of family, community, and childhood learning and development. Students who earn the AA, Early Childhood Education may work in early childhood settings and programs as early childhood educators and teacher assistants. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Education, students may work as teachers of children from birth to third grade. The AA, Early Childhood Education provides a pathway for students seeking Arizona Department of Education teacher certification.

Details

Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest
Education
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Early Childhood Education (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
8132
Total Credits Required
60-65
Catalog Year
2020-2021
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
What You'll Learn

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

  1. Evaluate 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. Identify the components necessary for a safe, caring, inclusive, and healthy learning environment according to best practices and local, state, and national standards.
  3. Analyze children`s learning and development through observation and documentation, using standards and best practices.
  4. Identify reciprocal, culturally responsive relationships between early childhood professionals, families and communities.
  5. Develop communication skills necessary to advocate for children and their families.
  6. Practice ethical and professional standards and behavior.
  7. Advocate for an ethical, equitable, diverse, and effective early childhood education profession.
  8. Engage in reflective practice and continuous learning through education and research.
  9. Develop problem solving skills relevant to early childhood education.
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

Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary

$24,840

* 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.

Full-time Sequence

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

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
MAT14+ or
MAT15+ or
MAT187
College Mathematics or College Algebra/Functions or Precalculus Critical course OR Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area for which MAT15+ is a prerequisite MA 3–6
CIS105 or
BPC110 or
CSC180AA or
CSC180AB
Survey of Computer Information Systems or Computer Usage and Applications or Computer Literacy or Computer Literacy CS 3–4
CFS235 or
EED205
Developing Child: Theory into Practice, Prenatal to Age Eight or The Developing Child: Prenatal to Age Eight Critical course Gateway course SB 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

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
COM225 Public Speaking L 3
MAT256 Investigating Quantity: Number, Operations and Numeration Systems 4
EED200 Foundations of Early Childhood Education Critical course Gateway course SB 3
EED215 or
(CFS123 and
CFS125)
Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness or (Health and Nutrition in Early Childhood Settings and Safety In Early Childhood Settings) 2–3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EDU222 or
EED222
Introduction to the Exceptional Learner or Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight C, SB 3
EDU230 Cultural Diversity In Education C 3
GCU/POS113 or
HIS103
United States and Arizona Social Studies or United States History to 1865 If HIS103 is selected, students will need to take POS221 in Term 4 H, SB or H, HU, SB 3
MAT257 Investigating Geometry, Probability and Statistics 4
SQ Natural Sciences Quantitative SQ 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design Recommend EDU/HUM/STO292 (EDU292, HUM292, or STO292 depending on campus availability) HU 3
Elective Elective Take POS221 if HIS103 was selected in Term 3 0–3
Elective Elective 0–3
EDU291 or
ENH291
Children's Literature or Children's Literature HU 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CFS235 or
EED205
Developing Child: Theory into Practice, Prenatal to Age Eight or The Developing Child: Prenatal to Age Eight Critical course Gateway course SB 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

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT14+ or
MAT15+ or
MAT187
College Mathematics or College Algebra/Functions or Precalculus Critical course OR Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area for which MAT15+ is a prerequisite MA 3–6
EED200 Foundations of Early Childhood Education Critical course Gateway course SB 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
MAT256 Investigating Quantity: Number, Operations and Numeration Systems 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM225 Public Speaking L 3
EED215 or
(CFS123 and
CFS125)
Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness or (Health and Nutrition in Early Childhood Settings and Safety In Early Childhood Settings) 2–3
MAT257 Investigating Geometry, Probability and Statistics 4

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EDU230 Cultural Diversity In Education C 3
GCU/POS113 or
HIS103
United States and Arizona Social Studies or United States History to 1865 If HIS103 is selected, students will need to take POS221 in Term 9 H, SB or H, HU, SB 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EDU222 or
EED222
Introduction to the Exceptional Learner or Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight C, SB 3
SQ Natural Sciences Quantitative SQ 4

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS105 or
BPC110 or
CSC180AA or
CSC180AB
Survey of Computer Information Systems or Computer Usage and Applications or Computer Literacy or Computer Literacy CS 3–4
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design Recommend EDU/HUM/STO292 (EDU292, HUM292, or STO292 depending on campus availability) HU 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4
EDU291 or
ENH291
Children's Literature or Children's Literature HU 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Elective Elective Take POS221 if HIS103 was selected in Term 5 0–3
Elective 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 Arts in Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Early Childhood Education (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=143916).


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