Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CFS/ECH176 or
CFS235 or
EED205
Child Development or Developing Child: Theory into Practice, Prenatal to Age Eight or The Developing Child: Prenatal to Age Eight Critical course Gateway course SB 3
(CFS123 and
CFS125 and
ECH280)
or
EED215
(Health and Nutrition in Early Childhood Settings and Safety In Early Childhood Settings and Food Experiences With Young Children) or Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness 3
(CFS/ECH271 and
ECH282 and
CFS282)
or
EED212
(Arranging the Environment and Discipline/Guidance Of Child Groups and Mainstreaming The Young Child With a Disability) or Guidance, Management and the Environment 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design EDU291 or EDU292 Recommended HU 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EED200 Foundations of Early Childhood Education Critical course SB 3
EED222 or
EDU222
Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight or Introduction to the Exceptional Learner C, SB 3
(CFS101AH and
ECH281)
or
EED210 or
ECH128
(Art Activities for the Young Child and Movement/Music for the Young Child) or Creative and Cognitive Play or Early Learning: Play And The Arts 2–3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM225 is recommended for students who wish to transfer to the BAE at ASU SB or L 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
(ECH272 and
ECH273 and
ECH275 and
ECH279)
or
EED278
(Science For The Young Child and Math for the Young Child and Literacy Development and the Young Child and Early Childhood Curriculum Development) or Early Learning: Curriculum And Instruction - Birth/Preschool 3–4
EED225 Language and Literacy in the Context of Culture and Relationships C 3
CFS/ECH284AB or
(EED260 and
EED261)
Early Childhood Teaching Internship or (Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Internship and Early Childhood Preschool Internship) 2–3
RE Restricted Elective 3
MA Mathematics Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3–6

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
(ECH140 and
ECH270)
or
EED280
(Learning Made Visible Through Documentation and Observing Young Children) or Standards, Observation and Assessment of Typical/Atypical Behaviors of Young Children Birth to Age 8 2–3
(ECH269 and
ECH287)
or
EED255
(Child Care Seminar and Professional Development in Early Childhood Education) or Portfolio Development and Writing for the Profession 2–3
RE Restricted Elective 3
RE Restricted Elective 3
RE Restricted Elective 0–3
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area SG or SQ 4

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CFS/ECH176 or
CFS235 or
EED205
Child Development or Developing Child: Theory into Practice, Prenatal to Age Eight or The Developing Child: Prenatal to Age Eight Critical course Gateway course SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3
EED200 Foundations of Early Childhood Education Critical course SB 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
(CFS123 and
CFS125 and
ECH280)
or
EED215
(Health and Nutrition in Early Childhood Settings and Safety In Early Childhood Settings and Food Experiences With Young Children) or Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness 3
(CFS/ECH271 and
ECH282 and
CFS282)
or
EED212
(Arranging the Environment and Discipline/Guidance Of Child Groups and Mainstreaming The Young Child With a Disability) or Guidance, Management and the Environment 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EED225 Language and Literacy in the Context of Culture and Relationships C 3
MA Mathematics Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3–6

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM225 is recommended for students who wish to transfer to the BAE at ASU SB or L 3
(ECH272 and
ECH273 and
ECH275 and
ECH279)
or
EED278
(Science For The Young Child and Math for the Young Child and Literacy Development and the Young Child and Early Childhood Curriculum Development) or Early Learning: Curriculum And Instruction - Birth/Preschool 3–4
RE Restricted Elective 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EED222 or
EDU222
Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight or Introduction to the Exceptional Learner C, SB 3
(CFS101AH and
ECH281)
or
EED210 or
ECH128
(Art Activities for the Young Child and Movement/Music for the Young Child) or Creative and Cognitive Play or Early Learning: Play And The Arts 2–3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design EDU291 or EDU292 Recommended HU 3
CFS/ECH284AB or
(EED260 and
EED261)
Early Childhood Teaching Internship or (Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Internship and Early Childhood Preschool Internship) 2–3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
(ECH140 and
ECH270)
or
EED280
(Learning Made Visible Through Documentation and Observing Young Children) or Standards, Observation and Assessment of Typical/Atypical Behaviors of Young Children Birth to Age 8 2–3
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area SG or SQ 4

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
(ECH269 and
ECH287)
or
EED255
(Child Care Seminar and Professional Development in Early Childhood Education) or Portfolio Development and Writing for the Profession 2–3
RE Restricted Elective 3
RE Restricted Elective 0–3

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.