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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. 

Selective Admissions Program: In order to be fully admitted to this program, you must fulfill the requirements listed in Program Admissions. See an advisor for details.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes

Online Option:  This program can be completed entirely online.

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. Degree completion meets the criteria for the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Career Lattice Level E.

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 to determine which universities offer BAS programs, and research how the universities may accept this program in transfer.

Program Requirements 2018-2019

General Education Requirements

General Education requirements are met by Required Core and Required Support courses.

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
ECE 115 Supervision and Administration of Early Childhood
ECE 117 Child Growth and Development 3
ECE 118
  CDA 102
  CDA 121
  CDA 271
Foundations of Early Childhood Education
   The Child's Total Learning Environment

   Techniques for Observing Children

   Professionalism in Childcare
ECE 125 Nutrition, Health and Safety for the Young Child 3
ECE 226 Positive Child Guidance 3
ECE 228 The Young Child: Family, Culture, and Community 3
ECE 240 Assessment of Young Children 3
ECE 246 Integrating Learning and Lesson Planning: Literacy 3
ECE 292 Early Childhood Education: Theory to Practice 4
Subtotal 28

Required Support Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
ART 105 Exploring Art and Visual Culture 3
ANT 112
  or HIS/ANT 127

  or HUM 260
Exploring Non-Western Cultures
  History and Culture of the Mexican-American in
   the Southwest
  Intercultural Perspectives
BIO 105IN Environmental Biology 4
CSA 100 Computer Literacy 1
MAT 106 Elementary Data Analysis and Spreadsheets 2
STU 100 Student Success and Career Planning 1
WRT 101 English Composition I [SUN# ENG1101] 3
WRT 102 English Composition II [SUN# ENG1102] 3
Subtotal 20

Program Electives

Complete 12 credits from the Early Childhood Education and/or Child Development focus areas. Contact the Center for Early Childhood Studies to select appropriate electives. A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
Early Childhood Education Focus
ECE 107 Human Development and Relations 3
ECE 108 Literature/Social Studies for Children 3
ECE 124 Math and Science for Children 3
ECE 129 Infant and Toddler Education 3
ECE 211 Inclusion of Young Children with Special Needs 3
ECE 245 Integrating Learning and Lesson Planning through the Arts 3
Childhood Development Focus
CDA 103 Curriculum Planning and Schedule Development 1
CDA 112 Guidance Principles for Encouraging Self-Discipline 1
CDA 126 Literature for Pre-School Children 2
CDA 138 Building Parent and Classroom Connections 3
CDA 155 Understanding How Children Learn and Development 1
CDA 161 Principles of Social Competence 1
CDA 170 Ages and Stages of Young Children: Prenatal through Toddler 2
CDA 173 Ages and Stages of Young Children: The Preschool Years 1
CDA 211 Small and Large Muscle Development 2
CDA 222 Elements of Children's Culture 1
Subtotal 12
Total 60

* In the general education categories, select courses so that at least one course is marked "C" (cultural diversity) or "G" (global awareness).