Contact the Program Director
Residential Faculty - Early Care & Education
Office: TC 50 - Room: 118
This program is part of the Education Studies Department.
You’ve always dreamed of making a living working with little kids. You’re great with them. And they really like you. Well, it’s time to go pro.
Our Early Care & Education programs focus on developing skilled and knowledgeable professionals for the childcare and preschool industry. Our certificates and occupational degrees help you prepare for assistant teacher, lead teacher, and early care management positions.
- Example Titles
- Child Care Worker
- Preschool Teacher
- Daycare Owner
- Preschool Manager
- Preschool Director
- Types of Employers
- Child Care Centers
The demand for quality early care and education professionals will continue to increase over the next five years and beyond. This occupation has a high turnover rate. While opportunities for advancement are limited and as childcare workers gain experience, some may advance to supervisory or administrative positions in large childcare centers or preschools. With a bachelor’s degree, workers may become preschool teachers or get certified to teach in public or private schools. Some workers set up their own childcare businesses.
Early Care Educators:
- Care for children under five years old
- Interact regularly with children, parents, and coworkers
- Work early morning, day, or early evening hours
- Have an associate or bachelor’s degree
- Need to know CPR
Available Associate Degrees and Certificates
|Degree / Certificate||Type||Title||Courses|
|Associate in Applied Science||AAS||Early Learning and Development||Course Sequence|
|Associate in Applied Science||AAS||Instructional Assistance||Course Sequence|
|Certificate of Completion||CCL||Early Care Specialist||Course Sequence|
|Certificate of Completion||CCL||Instructional Assistance||Course Sequence|
|Academic Certificate||AC||Child and Family Professional Development||Course List|
|Academic Certificate||AC||Teaching and Learning, Teaching Second Language Acquisition through STEM||Course List|
Transfer to a University
Although the vocational degrees listed above are designed for immediate use in the field without a bachelor’s degree, many of the courses can apply toward university transfer into Early Childhood Education degree programs leading to birth - 3rd grade teacher certification. Additional coursework beyond an AAS required for university transfer includes the areas of math, science and the humanities. Other prerequisites may need to be covered, depending on the university. Meet with the MCC Education Studies Department adviser to select the best path for your early childhood education career goals.
|At MCC, get an...||Transfer to...||To get a...|
|Associate in Arts||Arizona State University||Bachelor of Arts in Education in Early Childhood Education|
Meet with an Advisor
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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.
Advising for the Early Care Education program is available through the Education Studies department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.