Certificate of Completion in Foundations of Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education
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The base certificate for this pathway map is no longer offered for new students. It is presented only for archival purposes.

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Foundations of Early Childhood Education is designed to prepare students with foundational knowledge regarding the growth and development of the young child. Topics include children's health, physical milestones, and cognitive development. Also covered are communication and language acquisition as well as adult/child relationship building.


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Academic Career
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Certificate
Academic Plan
Foundations of Early Childhood Education (CCL)
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Total Credits Required
Catalog Year

What You’ll Learn

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

  1. Plan a safe, healthy learning environment including a prevention and emergency plan and identifying state regulations related to various early childhood settings.
  2. Describe and explain the relationship of play to physical and intellectual development at the early childhood level.
  3. Develop an early childhood curriculum that advances physical and intellectual development through art, music, literature, science, math, and language.
  4. Describe and explain the relationship of play to children`s social and emotional development at the early childhood level.
  5. Design a learning environment which encourages the social and emotional development of young children.
  6. Provide guidance and discipline which promote the social and emotional development of young children.
  7. Use effective methods to establish productive relationships with families.
  8. Develop strategies to manage an operationally effective program in various early childhood care settings.
  9. Apply theoretical concepts to firsthand experiences in early childhood settings.
  10. Define professionalization as it applies to the field of early care and education, birth to age eight, and develop a plan for professional growth and development.
  11. Observe and record the developmental stages of children from conception through the eighth year.
  12. Describe principles of children`s growth and development from conception through the eighth year.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate 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 certificate. 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.

* 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:

  • 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.

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 Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CFS176 or
ECH176 or
CFS235 or
Child Development or Child Development or Developing Child: Theory in Practice, Prenatal - Age 8 or The Developing Child: Prenatal to Age Eight Critical course Gateway course SB 3
EED200 Foundations of Early Childhood Education SB 3
EED212 or
(ECH282 and
ECH271 and
Guidance, Management and the Environment or (Discipline/Guidance Of Child Groups and Arranging the Environment and Mainstreaming The Young Child with A Disability) 3
EED215 or
(CFS123 and
CFS125 and
Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness or (Health and Nutrition in Early Childhood Settings and Safety In Early Childhood Settings and Food Experiences With Young Children) 3
EED220 or
Child, Family, Community and Culture or Marriage and Family Life C or SB 3
EED260 or
Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Internship or Early Childhood Preschool Internship 1

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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.


Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

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 curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Foundations of Early Childhood Education (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=147059).

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:

A list of the current and previous versions of the pathway map for the Foundations of Early Childhood Education program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2020-2021 (Current)    5/26/2020 – 5/24/2021
2019-2020 5/28/2019 – 5/25/2020
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019