Early Childhood Education

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Annapurna Ganesh, Ph.D.

Residential Faculty - Early Childhood Education

480-461-7305

This program is part of the Education Studies Department.

Fields of Interest

Field of Interest: Education Field of Interest: Behavioral Science and Human Services
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.

Certificates

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
Certificate of Completion CCL Instructional Assistance

Degrees

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
Associate in Applied Science AAS Instructional Assistance

Transfer Degrees

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
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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)
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Early Childhood Education Early Childhood Education A transfer partner Bachelor's Degree
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Educational Studies Early Childhood Educational Studies Early Childhood A transfer partner Bachelor's Degree
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Family Life Education Family Life Education Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Family and Human Development
(Bachelor of Science)
University of Arizona Family Studies and Human Development
(Bachelor of Science)
Northern Arizona University Applied Human Behavior - Language Track (90/30 Program)
(Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies)
Northern Arizona University Applied Human Behavior - Science Track (90/30 Program)
(Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies)
Arizona Christian University Family Studies - Emphasis in Child Life
(Bachelor of Arts)
Arizona Christian University Family Studies - Emphasis in Early Childhood
(Bachelor of Arts)
Arizona Christian University Family Studies - Emphasis in Marriage and Family
(Bachelor of Arts)
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Secondary Education Secondary Education Arizona State University (Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College) Secondary Education (Earth and Space Sciences)
(Bachelor of Arts in Education)
Northern Arizona University Secondary Education - Earth Science
(Bachelor of Science in Education)
Arizona State University (Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College) Secondary Education (English)
(Bachelor of Arts in Education)
Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) English (Secondary Education)
(Bachelor of Arts)
Arizona State University (New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences) English (Secondary Education)
(Bachelor of Arts)
Northern Arizona University Secondary Education - English
(Bachelor of Science in Education)
Arizona State University (Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College) Secondary Education (History)
(Bachelor of Arts in Education)
Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) History (Secondary Education)
(Bachelor of Arts)
Arizona State University (New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences) History (Secondary Education)
(Bachelor of Arts)
Northern Arizona University Secondary Education - History and Social Studies
(Bachelor of Science in Education)
Arizona State University (Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College) Secondary Education (Mathematics)
(Bachelor of Arts in Education)
Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Mathematics (Secondary Education)
(Bachelor of Science)
Northern Arizona University Secondary Education - Mathematics
(Bachelor of Science in Education)
Arizona State University (Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College) Secondary Education (Physical Education)
(Bachelor of Arts in Education)
Northern Arizona University Health Sciences - Physical Education
(Bachelor of Science in Education)
Arizona State University (Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College) Secondary Education (Political Science)
(Bachelor of Arts in Education)
Arizona State University (Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College) Secondary Education (Spanish)
(Bachelor of Arts in Education)
Northern Arizona University Secondary Education - Spanish
(Bachelor of Science in Education)
Associate in Science, Emphasis in Secondary Education Secondary Education Arizona State University (Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College) Secondary Education (Biological Sciences)
(Bachelor of Arts in Education)
Arizona State University (College of Integrative Sciences and Arts) Applied Biological Sciences (Secondary Education in Biology)
(Bachelor of Science)
Northern Arizona University Secondary Education - Biology
(Bachelor of Science in Education)
Arizona State University (Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College) Secondary Education (Chemistry)
(Bachelor of Arts in Education)
Northern Arizona University Secondary Education - Chemistry
(Bachelor of Science in Education)
Arizona State University (Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College) Secondary Education (Physics)
(Bachelor of Arts in Education)
Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Physics (Secondary Education)
(Bachelor of Science)
Northern Arizona University Secondary Education - Physics
(Bachelor of Science in Education)

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

$82,149

Education Administrators for Preschool and Childcare Programs

$37,002

Educational, Guidance, and Vocational Counselors

$52,924

Government Program Eligibility Interviewers

$34,641

Instructional Designers and Technologists

$56,845

Religious Activities and Education Directors

$44,575

Secondary School Career and Technical Education Teachers

$53,174

Special Education Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers

$46,701

Special Education Secondary School Teachers

$48,798

* 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.