AAS Early Learning and Development
Academic Plan Code
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Early Learning and Development program is designed to prepare individuals to enter the workforce as Early Childhood Professionals and to assist individuals employed in the field to upgrade and expand their skills. The program emphasizes the roles of early care and education professionals, families and the wider society as they together meet the contemporary needs of young children. Course work includes the principles of developmental science, professionalism in early childhood work, philosophies and methods of early learning, and the impact of standards on practice. To apply planning, management and evaluation skills, students will observe, participate, and intern in state licensed early childhood programs.
Course Sequence by Term
The following is a suggested course sequence by term for the pathway. Students should keep in mind the items below that affect their success in completing the pathway as listed:
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term. It is understood that students may enter the program at different times of the year.
- Academic achievement is related to initial course placement determined by course placement tests, completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites, any courses below 100 level, and program prerequisites.
- Students should meet with an academic advisor, or program director, or counselor who can assist in assessing student needs that may affect course enrollment. Appropriate resources can be discussed and agreed to in order to address student needs and support successful course completion.
Program Area Key:
- Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
- FYC = First Year Composition
- HUM = Humanities and Fine Arts
- Mathematics = Mathematics
- NS = Natural Science
- Oral Comm = Oral Communication
- PP = Program Prerequisite
- SB = Social & Behavioral Sciences
- RC = Required Courses
- RE = Restricted Electives
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.
|RC||EED200||Foundations of Early Childhood Education||Course offered in Fall only||3|
|Child Development or
Child Development or
The Developing Child: Prenatal to Age Eight or
Developing Child: Theory into Practice, Prenatal - Age 8
|EED205 recommended course||3|
|RC||EED212||Guidance, Management and the Environment||Course offered in Fall only||3|
|Mathematics||Mathematics||Any approved General Education course in the Mathematics area||MAT102 or higher level mathematics course||3|
|RE||Restricted Elective||Any EED or CFS or ECH, or ITD or FCS prefixed course||3|
|RC||EED222||Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight||3|
|NS||Natural Sciences||Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area||4|
|RC||EED278||Early Learning: Curriculum And Instruction - Birth/Preschool||EED200||Course offered in Fall only||3|
|RC||EED215||Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness||3|
|RC||EED260||Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Internship||Permission of department or division||Course offered Fall, Spring and Summer||1|
|RC||EED220||Child, Family, Community and Culture||Course offered in Fall only||3|
|RC||EED245||Early Learning: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development||Course offered in Fall only||3|
|Oral Comm||Oral Communication||Any approved General Education course in the Oral Communication area||3|
|HU||Humanities & Fine Arts||Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area||EDU291 recommended course||3|
|Critical Rdg||CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking||OR equivalent as indicated by assessment||0–3|
|RC||EED280||Standards, Observation and Assessment of Typical/Atypical Behaviors of Young Children Birth to Age 8||Course offered in Spring only||3|
|RC||EED261||Early Childhood Preschool Internship||Permission of department or division||Course offered in Fall, Spring and Summer||1|
|RC||EED255||Portfolio Development and Writing for the Profession||Completion of 12 credit hours of EED coursework AND permission of Program Coordinator||Course offered in Fall, Spring and Summer||3|
|RC||ECH128||Early Learning: Play And The Arts||Course offered in Spring only||3|
|RE||Restricted Elective||Any EED or CFS, or ECH, or ITD, or FCS prefixed course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area||6|
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All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.
View MCCCD's program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Early Learning and Development (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/acres.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=97484).