2020-2021 Catalog 
    Feb 22, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

Early Childhood Education - AAS

The Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education prepares the student to enter the early care and education profession as a highly skilled teacher of birth-preschool, serve as a paraprofessional in a public school, or to transfer to a bachelor degree program.

Credit Hours Required: 60

Note: A current Arizona fingerprint clearance card is required for students working in the Del E. Webb Family Enrichment Center. A current card in Pediatric First Aid and Safety will be required for graduation.


Early Childhood Education AAS Suggested Course Sequence  

AAS General Education Requirements

Note: For Arts & Humanities AND/OR Social & Behavioral Science choose from the approved options except ECE 210 or ECE 234, which will be applied to Program Requirements (below).

Note: 1 Select from two different prefixes

Program Requirements

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Early Childhood Education Degree program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Build strong relationships with families through understanding, respect and valuing the characteristics of both the families and their communities. (ECE 240)
  2. Articulate historical perspectives, as well as current trends, in the field of Early Childhood Education. (ECE 200)
  3. Apply relationship-based proactive strategies to promote pro-social development of young children, aged birth through 8 years. (ECE 260)
  4. Identify strategies to plan and implement instructional practices to promote literacy in children birth-age eight. (ECE 230)
  5. Use formal and informal observation techniques to document the development and learning in young children. (ECE 210, ECE 216, ECE 222, ECE 234, ECE 290, ECE 291)
  6. Provide opportunities and environments that support the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, language and creative development and learning in children birth-age eight. (ECE 202, ECE 216, ECE 222, ECE 290, ECE 291)
  7. Model leadership, advocacy and management skills in the field of early care and education. (ECE 250, ECE 290, ECE 291)
  8. Apply ethical and professional standards that emphasize reflective practices in working with young children, parents, other professionals and self. (ECE 202, ECE 210, ECE 216, ECE 222, ECE 290, ECE 291)
  9. Implement basic health, safety, and nutritional practices with young children as required by regulation. (ECE 270, ECE 290, ECE 291)