Associate in Applied Science in Early Learning and Development

Early Care Education
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A child’s experience in early learning can shape his or her educational future, which is why the roles of daycare provider, preschool teacher, and pre-kindergarten teacher are so vitally important. This program emphasizes how early childhood teachers, families, and the wider community can work together to meet the contemporary learning needs of young children. 

MCC’s courses in the principles of developmental science, professionalism in early childhood work, philosophies, and methods of early learning, plus the opportunities to observe, participate, and intern in early childhood programs, will help position you for a career as an early care educator. 

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Degree
Academic Plan
Early Learning and Development (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3124
Total Credits Required
63-68

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  • Distinguish developmental characteristics in all areas from prenatal through age 8 and the influences of family dynamics, community, and culture on the typical and atypical child’s development.
  • Design, deliver and evaluate meaningful curriculum and safe learning environments that are developmentally appropriate and respectful of each child.
  • Analyze assessment plans and procedures to assess a young child’s development, determine individual needs, and compose communication with families while maintaining confidentiality.
  • Construct effective interactions by using a variety of techniques to build reciprocal and respectful relationships with children, parents, and professionals.
  • Compose policies and develop practices and procedures that are aligned with relevant state and national standards in order to create a healthy and safe environment for young children.
  • Construct a welcoming environment that arranges itself as a linkage between families and the larger community and develops respectful reciprocal communication between the families and teacher/program that empowers the families to be advocates for their children.
  • Develop a personal commitment to professionalism and quality by examining, implementing, and advocating for state and national standards, regulations, code of ethics, and policies through continued professional and leadership development.

Career Opportunities

You already have a way with kids, but a degree in early education and development opens doors to numerous career opportunities in an industry that’s always in need of well-trained professionals.

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education $43,030
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $27,910
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

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 placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

When to Start Taking Classes

It is suggested that you begin taking the courses found in this course sequence starting in a Fall Semester.

Fall Semester (Term 1)

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
16
CFS176 or
ECH176 or
EED205
Child Development or
Child Development or
The Developing Child: Prenatal to Age Eight
EED205 recommended course SB 3
EED200 Foundations of Early Childhood Education Critical course Course offered in Fall only RC 3
EED212 Guidance, Management and the Environment Critical course Course offered in Fall only RC 3
EED220 Child, Family, Community and Culture Course offered in Fall only RC 3
Restricted Elective Any EED or CFS or ECH course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area RE 1
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or
First-Year Composition for ESL
Critical course FYC 3

Spring Semester (Term 2)

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
15-18
EED215 Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness Critical course RC 3
ECH128 Early Learning: Play And The Arts Course offered in Spring only RC 3
Humanities & Fine Arts Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area HU 3
Restricted Elective Any EED or CFS or ECH course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area 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 Critical Rdg 0–3

Fall Semester (Term 3)

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
16-18
EED222 Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight RC 3
EED245 Early Learning: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development Course offered in Fall only RC 3
EED260 Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Internship Course offered Fall, Spring and Summer RC 1
Restricted Elective Any EED or CFS or ECH course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area 3
EED278 Early Learning: Curriculum And Instruction - Birth/Preschool Course offered in Fall only RC 3
Mathematics Any approved General Education course in the Mathematics area Critical course If completing both the AAS and the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC), select MAT140 or higher Mathematics 3–5

Spring Semester (Term 4)

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
16
EED255 Portfolio Development and Writing for the Profession Course offered in Fall, Spring and Summer RC 3
EED261 Early Childhood Preschool Internship Course offered in Fall, Spring and Summer RC 1
EED280 Standards, Observation and Assessment of Typical/Atypical Behaviors of Young Children Birth to Age 8 Course offered in Spring only RC 3
Restricted Elective Any EED or CFS, or ECH, Course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area RE 2
Oral Communication Any approved General Education course in the Oral Communication area Oral Comm 3
Natural Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area NS 4
Students are eligible for the AAS upon the completion of Term 4 and a total of 63-68

Fall Semester (Term 5)

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
10
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3
HU & L Any course that meets both "Humanities, Arts, & Design" and Literacy & Critical Inquiry" 3
SQ Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area that satisfies the SQ value 4
Students are eligible for the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) after completing Term 5

Fall Semester (Term 1)

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6
EED200 Foundations of Early Childhood Education Critical course Course offered in Fall only RC 3
EED212 Guidance, Management and the Environment Critical course Course offered in Fall only RC 3

Spring Semester (Term 2)

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
7
EED215 Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness Critical course RC 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or
First-Year Composition for ESL
Critical course FYC 3
Restricted Elective Any EED or CFS or ECH course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area RE 1

Fall Semester (Term 3)

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or
First-Year Composition for ESL
FYC 3
EED220 Child, Family, Community and Culture Course offered in Fall only RC 3

Spring Semester (Term 4)

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
9
ECH128 Early Learning: Play And The Arts Course offered in Spring only RC 3
CFS176 or
ECH176 or
EED205
Child Development or
Child Development or
The Developing Child: Prenatal to Age Eight
EED205 recommended course SB 3
Restricted Elective Any EED or CFS or ECH course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area RE 3

Fall Semester (Term 5)

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
3-6
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR equivalent as indicated by assessment Critical Rdg 0–3
EED222 Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight RC 3

Spring Semester (Term 6)

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
7
Humanities & Fine Arts Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area EDU291 recommended course HU 3
EED245 Early Learning: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development Course offered in Fall only RC 3
EED260 Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Internship Course offered Fall, Spring and Summer RC 1

Fall Semester (Term 7)

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6
Restricted Elective Any EED or CFS or ECH course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area RE 3
EED278 Early Learning: Curriculum And Instruction - Birth/Preschool Course offered in Fall only RC 3

Spring Semester (Term 8)

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6-8
Mathematics Any approved General Education course in the Mathematics area Critical course If completing both the AAS and the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC), select MAT140 or higher Mathematics 3–5
EED255 Portfolio Development and Writing for the Profession Course offered in Fall, Spring and Summer RC 3

Fall Semester (Term 9)

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6
EED261 Early Childhood Preschool Internship Course offered in Fall, Spring and Summer RC 1
EED280 Standards, Observation and Assessment of Typical/Atypical Behaviors of Young Children Birth to Age 8 Course offered in Spring only RC 3
Restricted Elective Any EED or CFS, or ECH, Course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area RE 2

Spring Semester (Term 10)

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
7
Oral Communication Any approved General Education course in the Oral Communication area Oral Comm 3
Natural Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area NS 4
Students are eligible for the AAS upon the completion of Term 10 and a total of 63-68

Fall Semester (Term 11)

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3
HU & L Any course that meets both "Humanities, Arts, & Design" and Literacy & Critical Inquiry" 3

Term 12

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
4
SQ Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area that satisfies the SQ value 4
Students are eligible for the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) after completing Term 12

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Program Area Key

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

Disclaimer

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.

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 (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=97484).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.