Early Care Education

Degree Information

Academic Plan

AAS Early Learning and Development

Academic Plan Code




Career Pathway

Associated Programs

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Early Learning and Development program is designed to prepare individuals to enter the workforce as Early Childhood Professionals and to assist individuals employed in the field to upgrade and expand their skills. The program emphasizes the roles of early care and education professionals, families and the wider society as they together meet the contemporary needs of young children. Course work includes the principles of developmental science, professionalism in early childhood work, philosophies and methods of early learning, and the impact of standards on practice. To apply planning, management and evaluation skills, students will observe, participate, and intern in state licensed early childhood programs.

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 Requisites Notes Credits
RC EED200 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
SB CFS176 or
ECH176 or
EED205 or
Child Development or
Child Development or
The Developing Child: Prenatal to Age Eight or
Developing Child: Theory into Practice, Prenatal - Age 8
RC EED212 Guidance, Management and the Environment 3
FYC ENG101 First-Year Composition 3
Mathematics Mathematics Any approved General Education course in the Mathematics area 3
RE Restricted Elective Any EED or CFS or ECH, or ITD or FCS prefixed course 3

Term 2

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
RC EED222 Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight 3
NS Natural Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area 4
FYC ENG102 First-Year Composition 3
RC EED278 Early Learning: Curriculum And Instruction - Birth/Preschool 3
RC EED215 Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness 3

Term 3

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
RC EED260 Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Internship 1
RC EED220 Child, Family, Community and Culture 3
RC EED245 Early Learning: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development 3
Oral Comm Oral Communication Any approved General Education course in the Oral Communication area 3
HU Humanities & Fine Arts Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area 3
Critical Rdg CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking 0–3

Term 4

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
RC EED280 Standards, Observation and Assessment of Typical/Atypical Behaviors of Young Children Birth to Age 8 3
RC EED261 Early Childhood Preschool Internship 1
RC EED255 Portfolio Development and Writing for the Profession 3
RC ECH128 Early Learning: Play And The Arts 3
RE Restricted Elective Any EED or CFS, or ECH, or ITD, or FCS prefixed course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area 6

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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 Learning and Development (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/acres.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=97484).