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Early Childhood Education

Associate of Arts

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

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.

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, paraprofessional, or instructional aide, or open your own home child care center.

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

Program Requirements 2017-2018

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 118 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 226 Positive Child Guidance 3
Subtotal 9

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
BIO 105IN Environmental Biology 4
HIS 101 Introduction to Western Civilization I 3
HIS 141 History of the United States I 3
  or HIS 142   History of the United States II
Earth/Space or Physical Science** 4
Language: Complete 4 semesters of the same language to the 202 level*** 16
MAT 141 or 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
SCT 280 Process of Science for Elementary Educators I 3
Subtotal 48-49
Total 63-64

* Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses: Humanities and Fine Arts - ART 105, HIS 101 fulfill this requirement;  Biological and Physical Sciences - BIO 105 and the Earth/Space, Physical Science course fulfill this requirement; Social and Behavioral Sciences - HIS 141 or 142, and POS 210 fulfill this requirement; Mathematics - MAT 141 or MAT 142 fulfill this requirement; Other Requirement Options - the Language courses fulfill this reuqirement; Special Requirements - HIS 101 and 141 or 142 fulfill this requirement.

** Choose one of the following:  AST 101INAST 102IN;  GLG 101IN [SUN# GLG 1101];  GLG 102INCHM 121IN; GEO 101; GEO 102.

*** This Language requirement is based on various language course/proficiency requirements at the bachelor's degree level. If the Language requirement is completed in fewer than 16 credits, additional credit hours of transferable electives, including ECE courses, may need to be completed to meet the minimum associate's degree requirements of 60 credit hours. Students transferring to ASU, to a non-public in-state school, or an out-of-state school that does not require language, may request a substitution through the Center for Early Childhood Education for this requirement.