Early Childhood Education

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Program Phone


Jamie Theresa Lopez, Ph.D.

Residential Faculty - Early Childhood Education

Office: TC 50 - Room: 117

This program is part of the Education Studies Department.

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Education
Early Childhood Education

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.

A list of available certificates offered in the Early Childhood Education program
Name Type Title Courses
Certificate of Completion CCL Early Childhood Education
Certificate of Completion CCL Foundations of Early Childhood Education

Associate Degree

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 Childhood Education program
Name Type Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science AAS Early Childhood Education

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.

A list of available transfer degrees offered in the Early Childhood Education program
Name Type Title Courses
Associate in Arts AA Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Early Childhood Education
Associate in Arts AA Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Educational Studies Early Childhood

Bachelor’s Degree

Our newly accredited bachelor’s degree programs offer the value and convenience of a community college with the quality of a 4-year program–setting you up for more savings and greater success. With tuition rates at one-third the cost of a traditional university, MCC is guaranteed to give you the most affordable path to a bachelor’s degree.

A list of available transfer degrees offered in the Early Childhood Education program
Name Type Title Courses
Bachelor of Arts BA Early Childhood Education - Dual Language

Career Opportunities

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.

Education Administrators for Elementary and Secondary Schools


Education Administrators for Preschool and Childcare Programs


Secondary School Career and Technical Education Teachers


* Career and wage information provided by Lightcast using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Lightcast’s proprietary analytical processes. Lightcast’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

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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