Early Care Education

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Annapurna Ganesh, Ph.D.

Residential Faculty - Child / Family Studies


This program is part of the Education Studies Department.

Early Care Education

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.

The Right Pathway for You

MCC offers Certificates of Completion, Associate Degrees and Transfer Options for this program. Your interests and goals will guide you in selecting the pathway that is ideal for you. You may find a combination of certificates, degrees or transfer options is the fastest way to realize your dreams.


The knowledge and skills acquired while earning a Certificate of Completion (CCL) can help launch you into a new career or energize your current job. Generally requiring fewer credit hours than degrees or transfer programs, a CCL may be your best first step into higher education.

A list of available certificates offered in the Early Care Education program
Name Type Title Courses
Certificate of Completion CCL Early Care Specialist
Certificate of Completion CCL Instructional Assistance
Academic Certificate AC Teaching and Learning, Teaching Second Language Acquisition through STEM


MCC’s associate degrees enhance your resume and prepare you to enter the workforce with an advantage. Whether you are interested in simply completing basic, required college courses or specializing in a specific area, there’s a degree for you.

A list of available associate degrees offered in the Early Care Education program
Name Type Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science AAS Early Learning and Development
Associate in Applied Science AAS Instructional Assistance


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.

A list of available transfer options for the Early Care Education program
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Associate in Arts, Elementary Education Associate in Arts, Elementary Education Arizona State University Elementary Education (Bachelor of Arts in Education)
Northern Arizona University Elementary Education (Bachelor of Arts in Education)
University of Arizona Elementary Education (Bachelor of Arts in Education)

Career Opportunities

The Early Care Education program can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this program.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School $75,470
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors $47,620
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education $43,280
Instructional Coordinators $50,840
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education $42,800
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $27,910
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education $46,470
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School $44,780
Special Education Teachers, Middle School $43,420
Special Education Teachers, Secondary School $47,180
Teacher Assistants $23,340
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

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Become a Student

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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.