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This program is part of the Education Studies Department.
Early childhood is that unique and dynamic period from birth through age eight. Research shows that the quality of a child’s experiences in their first five years helps shape brain development. Early childhood education plays an essential role in supporting the healthy growth and development of children. If you’re interested in the well-being of young children, their families, and the community, the Early Childhood Education program might be for you.
The Early Childhood Education program involves studying the complexities of social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development. Our experienced faculty will teach you how to design, implement, and promote the best and most desirable experiences for children in early childhood centers and programs. You will also learn how to develop reciprocal relationships with families and research and advocate for access and equity. We will provide opportunities for you to learn skills, foster dispositions, and establish professional networks to launch or enhance your career.
Enroll in the Early Childhood Education program today and make it happen.
The Right Pathway for You
MCC offers Certificates of Completion, Associate Degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees and Transfer Degrees 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 Childhood Education||Pathway Map|
|Certificate of Completion||CCL||Foundations of Early Childhood Education||Pathway Map|
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 Childhood Education||Pathway Map|
MCC is planning to offer the following bachelor’s degrees as soon as Fall 2023. While we are not currently enrolling for these degrees, explore what is coming soon below.
|Bachelor of Arts||BA||Early Childhood Education - Dual Language||Pathway Map|
University Transfer Degrees
Want to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a university? Save money by starting at MCC in manageable, small classes taught by renowned faculty. Our transfer pathways with Arizona universities help you achieve two goals: completing an associate’s degree while also staying on track to earn a bachelor’s degree at your transfer destination. MCC’s university partnerships throughout the nation assure your seamless transition toward a four-year degree.
|At MCC, get an...||Emphasis in...||Transfer to...||To get a...||Courses|
|Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Early Childhood Education||Early Childhood Education||A transfer partner||Bachelor's Degree||Pathway Map|
|Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Educational Studies Early Childhood||Educational Studies Early Childhood||A transfer partner||Bachelor's Degree||Pathway Map|
Successful completion of a degree or certificate within the Early Childhood Education program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.
Child, Family, and School Social Workers
$39,274 Show expanded career information for Child, Family, and School Social Workers
Education Administrators for Elementary and Secondary Schools
$79,108 Show expanded career information for Education Administrators for Elementary and Secondary Schools
Education Administrators for Preschool and Childcare Programs
$36,563 Show expanded career information for Education Administrators for Preschool and Childcare Programs
Elementary School Teachers
$48,754 Show expanded career information for Elementary School Teachers
Elementary Special Education Teachers
$50,383 Show expanded career information for Elementary Special Education Teachers
Kindergarten Special Education Teachers
$50,383 Show expanded career information for Kindergarten Special Education Teachers
$48,871 Show expanded career information for Kindergarten Teachers
$28,944 Show expanded career information for Preschool Teachers
$30,437 Show expanded career information for Recreation Workers
Secondary School Career and Technical Education Teachers
$61,217 Show expanded career information for Secondary School Career and Technical Education Teachers
Special Education Preschool Teachers
$45,213 Show expanded career information for Special Education Preschool Teachers
Special Education Teaching Assistants
$29,431 Show expanded career information for Special Education Teaching Assistants
$29,431 Show expanded career information for Teaching Assistants
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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