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Early Childhood Education


Learn how to effectively teach young children while preparing to transfer to a four-year degree program.

Program/Major codes:  AOAALA/ALA1/ALAE

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes

Online Option:  This program can be completed entirely online

What can I do with this degree?

Career options:  After completing your degree or certification, become an educator in a preschool or elementary school.

Academic options: Transfer to a four-year degree program in early childhood education / elementary education.

Program Requirements 2018-2019

Arizona General Education Curriculum Requirements (AGEC-A)

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses.* A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

English Composition 6
Subtotal 6

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
ECE 117 Child Growth and Development 3
ECE 226 Positive Child Guidance 3
Subtotal 6

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 ANT/HIS 127
  or HUM 260
Exploring Non-Western Cultures
  History and Culture of the Mexican-American
    in the Southwest
  Intercultural Perspectives
  or AST 102IN
  or CHM 130IN
  or GEO 101IN
  or GEO 102IN
  or GLG 101IN
  or PHY 121IN
Solar System
  Stars, Galaxies, Universe
  Fundamental Chemistry [SUN# CHM 1130]
  Physical Geography: Weather and Climate
  Physical Geography: Land Forms and Oceans
  Physical Geology [SUN# GLG1101]
  Introductory Physics I [SUN# PHY 1111]
BIO 105IN Environmental Biology 4
HIS 141
  or HIS 142
History of the United States I
  History of the United States II
MAT 142 Topics in College Mathematics (or
any Math course numbered 151 or higher)
MAT 146 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I 3
MAT 147 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II 3  
POS 210 National and State Constitutions
STU 100
  or STU 107
College Success and Career Planning
  University Transfer Programs
STU 210 Transfer Strategies 2
Second Language** Completion of a language course numbered
202, fourth semester level
Subtotal 48
Total 60

* Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses: Humanities and Fine Arts - ART 105 and either HIS 141 or HIS 142; Biological and Physical Sciences - BIO 105IN and either AST 101IN, CHM130IN, GEO 101IN, GEO 102IN, GLG 101IN or PHY 121IN; Mathematics - MAT 142; Social and Behavioral Sciences - POS 210 and either ANT 112, ANT/HIS 127 or HUM 260; Other Requirements - Second Language; Special Requirements - ANT 112, ANT 127 or HUM 260 fulfill the I and C requirement, ART 105 fulfills the G requirement

**   See an advisor or counselor if:

  • you are a bilingual student to discuss exceptions to this requirement or
  • if you are considering taking the CLEP test to earn language credits or
  • if the university major does not require a second language, this requirement may be waived

If this requirement is met in fewer than 16 credits, or if the language requirement is waived, additional transferable electives are necessary to meet the minimum associate degree requirement of 60 credit hours.