Early Childhood Education

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Annapurna Ganesh, Ph.D.

Residential Faculty - Early Childhood Education


This program is part of the Education Studies Department.

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Education
Early Childhood 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 Childhood 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 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 Care Specialist
Certificate of Completion CCL Foundations of Early Childhood Education
Certificate of Completion CCL Instructional Assistance
Academic Certificate AC 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 Childhood Education program
Name Type Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science AAS Early Learning and Development
Associate in Applied Science AAS Instructional Assistance

Transfer Degree

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 degree options for the Early Childhood Education program
At MCC, get an... Emphasis 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)
Northern Arizona University Elementary Education
(Bachelor of Arts in Education)
University of Arizona Elementary Education
(Bachelor of Arts in Education)

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of 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


Educational, Guidance, and Vocational Counselors


Special Education Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers


Special Education Secondary School Teachers


* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’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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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 Childhood 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.