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Residential Faculty - Child / Family Studies
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.
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.
|Certificate of Completion||CCL||Early Care Specialist||Pathway Map|
|Certificate of Completion||CCL||Instructional Assistance||Pathway Map|
|Academic Certificate||AC||Teaching and Learning, Teaching Second Language Acquisition through STEM||Course List|
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.
|Associate in Applied Science||AAS||Early Learning and Development||Pathway Map|
|Associate in Applied Science||AAS||Instructional Assistance||Pathway Map|
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...||Specialize in...||Transfer to...||To get a...||Courses|
|Associate in Arts, Elementary Education||Associate in Arts, Elementary Education||Arizona State University||Elementary Education (Bachelor of Arts in Education)||Pathway Map|
|Northern Arizona University||Elementary Education (Bachelor of Arts in Education)|
|University of Arizona||Elementary Education (Bachelor of Arts in Education)|
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.
|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|
|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|
|Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.|
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.
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.