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The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Early Care Specialist program prepares students for entry level position in early childhood programs. The sequence of coursework is designed to increase understanding of education and care of young children.
Important information you’ll need when applying to MCC:
- Academic Career
- Degree/Certificate Type
- Career and Technical Certificate
- Academic Plan
- Early Care Specialist (CCL)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
- Catalog Year
What You’ll Learn
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Plan and initiate classroom experiences related to the child's cultural background.
- Evaluate classical and modern literature for young children utilizing literary criteria.
- Describe, plan for, and prepare snacks or meals for the nutritional needs of the young child.
- Describe the physical, social, language, and cognitive developmental stages from prenatal through adolescence.
- Identify the steps in the decision making process and the effect of values, standards, goals, and resources on the process.
- Identify the application of psychological principles to the development and guidance of young children.
- Describe and use techniques which encourage young children to get along with others and feel positive about themselves as individuals.
- Design flexible room arrangements suitable for a variety of individual and group activities.
- Describe professional ethics concerning the rights of children, their families, and fellow staff members.
- Identify major areas of current state rules and regulations which pertain to child care.
- Evaluate appropriate health and safety standards and practices in child care.
- Describe means of communicating with parents which facilitate participation in activities and sharing of goals of their young children.
- Supervise a group of young children during transition time, free play, and whole group activities in accordance with program policy and philosophy.
- Plan activities and experiences which encourage thinking and problem solving skills appropriate for young children.
- Organize, maintain, and supervise a balanced schedule of indoor and outdoor activities which will provide activities in a safe and healthy learning environment.
- Collaborate with other staff members to create a positive learning environment which encourages orderly routine and respect for others.
- Plan creative learning activities for young children in each of the curriculum areas: music, art, science, language, and math.
- Describe the foundations of portfolio development.
- Construct and present a portfolio.
- Demonstrate the ability to use computer software programs and write professional documents with a demonstrated a purpose, logical organization, and inclusion of pertinent information for appropriate audiences.
- Explain the importance of play, creativity and the arts in contemporary early childhood programs, and how they support early learning.
- Describe how young children develop language, literacy and writing skills and how adults support literacy development.
Successful completion of this 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* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.
Course Sequence by Term
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- 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 CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
- Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.
|Child Development or The Developing Child: Prenatal to Age Eight||RC||3|
|EED200||Foundations of Early Childhood Education||Course offered in Fall only||RC||3|
|EED212||Guidance, Management and the Environment||Course offered in Fall only||RC||3|
|ECH128||Early Learning: Play And The Arts||Course offered in Spring only||RC||3|
|Child, Family, Community and Culture or Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight or Early Learning: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development||EED220 offered in Spring only. EED245 offered in Fall only||RC||3|
|EED215||Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness||RC||3|
|EED260||Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Internship||Prerequisites: Permission of Department or Division.||RC||1|
|EED278||Early Learning: Curriculum And Instruction - Birth/Preschool||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in EED200.||Course offered in Fall only||RC||3|
|EED255||Portfolio Development and Writing for the Profession||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in completion of twelve (12) credit hours of EED Early Education coursework and permission of Program Coordinator.||RC||3|
|EED261||Early Childhood Preschool Internship||Prerequisites: Permission of Department or Division.||RC||1|
|Electives: Any course from these prefixes except courses used to satisfy above Required Courses||RE||3|
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Program Area Key
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.
View MCCCD’s program website for the Certificate of Completion in Early Care Specialist (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=125868).
The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:
|Catalog Year||Effective Dates|
|2018-2019||5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019|