Early Care Education

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Christine M. Osgood

Residential Faculty - Early Care & Education


Office: TC 50 - Room: 118

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.

Career Profile

Quick Stats

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

A list of available degrees and certificates offered in the Early Care Education program
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.

A list of available transfer options for the Early Care Education program
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Associate in Arts Arizona State University Bachelor of Arts in Education in Early Childhood Education

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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.