Early Care Education

Degree Information

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Career Pathway

Associated Programs

The Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) in Early Childhood Administration and Management is an integrated program of study that provides an educational foundation in early childhood education plus administrative and management courses specifically related to the business needs and practices of early childhood directors, owners and other management-level staff.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is a suggested course sequence by term for the pathway.  Students should keep in mind the items below that affect their success in completing the pathway as listed:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term.  It is understood that students may enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Academic achievement is related to initial course placement determined by course placement tests, completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites,  any courses below 100 level, and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor, or program director, or counselor who can assist in assessing student needs that may affect course enrollment.  Appropriate resources can be discussed and agreed to in order to address student needs and support successful course completion.

Program Area Key:

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HUM = Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Term 1

Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
SB CFS205 Human Development 3
RC EED200 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
RC EED212 Guidance, Management and the Environment 3
FYC ENG101 First-Year Composition 3
Mathematics Mathematics or
MAT120 or
MAT121 or
Any approved GE math course or
Intermediate Algebra or
Intermediate Algebra or
Intermediate Algebra
RE Restricted Elective or
Any EED or CFS or ECH or ITD prefixed course or
Survey of Computer Information Systems

Term 2

Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
HUM EDU291 or
Children's Literature or
Children's Literature
RC EED215 Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness 3
RC EED222 Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight 3
FYC ENG102 First-Year Composition 3
NS Natural Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area 4

Term 3

Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
RC CFS208 Child & Family Organizations: Fiscal Management & Grant Writing 3
Oral Comm COM207 or
COM225 or
COM230 or
Introduction to Communication Inquiry or
Public Speaking or
Small Group Communication or
Business Communication
Critical Rdg CRE101 College Critical Reading 3
Critical Rdg EED220 Child, Family, Community and Culture 3
Critical Rdg EED260 or
Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Internship or
Early Childhood Preschool Internship
RC EED278 Early Learning: Curriculum And Instruction - Birth/Preschool 3

Term 4

Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
RC EED280 Standards, Observation and Assessment of Typical/Atypical Behaviors of Young Children Birth to Age 8 3
RC FCS250 Portfolio Development & Professional Writing 3
RC FCS260 Family & Consumer Science Internship 1
RC CFS206 Child & Family Organizations Management & Administration 3
RC CFS207 Organization & Community Leadership in Child & Family Organizations 3

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All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD's program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Administration and Management (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/acres.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=83349).