Early Childhood Studies
Associate of Applied Science
Learn to excel at caring for and educating young children through this flexible, high-quality program. Students planning to transfer to a four-year university should pursue either the Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education Associate of Arts degree. Complete this program by taking classes exclusively on weekdays or in a combination of day, evening and weekend classes.
Program/Major Codes: AASECS/ECS
What can I do with this degree?
Career options: Become a teacher’s aide, lead teacher or director of a pre-school center, or open your own home child care center.
Academic options: While this program was not designed to transfer to a 4-year university, it may apply toward Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) or other programs. See Pima's Transfer Partnerships page.
General Education Requirements
Select courses to fulfill C or G requirements.*
|Analysis and Critical Thinking Requirement||6|
|Humanities and Social Science Requirement||6|
|Computer and Information Literacy Requirement||1-3|
Required Core Courses
|Course #||Course Title||Credits|
|ECE 112||Music and Art for Children||3|
|ECE 117||Child Growth and Development||3|
|ECE 190||Early Childhood Education: Theory to Practice||4|
|ECE 200||Foundations of Early Childhood Education||3|
|or CDA 102||The Child's Total Learning Environment||1|
|and CDA 121||Techniques for Observing Children||1|
|and CDA 271||Professionalism in Childcare||1|
|ECE 226||Teaching Techniques and Behavior Management||3|
|ECE 228||The Young Child: Family, Culture, and Community||3|
|ECE 240||Assessment of Young Children||3|
Contact the Center for Early Childhood Studies to select appropriate electives, which can include additional ECE or CDA courses
* In the general education categories, select courses so that at least one course is marked "C" (cultural diversity) or "G" (global awareness).