Associate in Applied Science in Early Learning and Development

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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 Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Early Learning and Development (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3124
Total Credits Required
63-68
Catalog Year
2019-2020

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.

Successful completion of the Early Learning and Development 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. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

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 may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD 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.

When to Start Taking Classes

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

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

Fall Semester (Term 1)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 1)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 2)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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 CR 0–3

Fall Semester (Term 3)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 3)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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
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 MA 3–5

Spring Semester (Term 4)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 4)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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 COM 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 with a total of 63-68 credits

Fall Semester (Term 5)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 5)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Fall Semester (Term 1)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 1)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 2)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 3)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 4)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 5)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR equivalent as indicated by assessment CR 0–3
EED222 Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight RC 3

Spring Semester (Term 6)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 6)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 7)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Restricted Elective RE
EED278 Early Learning: Curriculum And Instruction - Birth/Preschool Course offered in Fall only RC 3

Spring Semester (Term 8)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 8)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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 MA 3–5
EED255 Portfolio Development and Writing for the Profession Course offered in Fall, Spring and Summer RC 3

Fall Semester (Term 9)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 9)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 10)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Oral Communication Any approved General Education course in the Oral Communication area COM 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 with a total of 63-68

Fall Semester (Term 11)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 11)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3
HU & L Any course that meets both "Humanities, Arts, & Design" and Literacy & Critical Inquiry" 3

Term 12

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 12
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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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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=125794).

Other Versions

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
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019