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Early Childhood Education

Program Overview

Early childhood is that unique and dynamic period from birth through age eight. Research shows that the quality of a child’s experiences in their first five years helps shape brain development. Early childhood education plays an essential role in supporting the healthy growth and development of children. If you’re interested in the well-being of young children, their families, and the community, the Early Childhood Education program might be for you. 

The Early Childhood Education program involves studying the complexities of social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development. Our experienced faculty will teach you how to design, implement, and promote the best and most desirable experiences for children in early childhood centers and programs. You will also learn how to develop reciprocal relationships with families and research and advocate for access and equity. We will provide opportunities for you to learn skills, foster dispositions, and establish professional networks to launch or enhance your career.

Enroll in the Early Childhood Education program today and make it happen.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Why Phoenix College?

Phoenix College's Early Childhood Education and Administration program offers countless opportunities for educating and assisting young children. Child and Family Studies students may choose from two tracks at PC. The Early Childhood Education and Administration program is designed for those who desire a career in teaching young children while the Family Development program is offered to those hoping to become an invaluable elementary school teacher.

PC offers an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Early Childhood Education and Administration: Birth through Age 5, as well as a Certificate of Completion (CCL). CCLs are also offered in Curriculum for Young Children and Early Childhood Classroom Management.

Graduates may go on to educate young children, create and oversee childcare programs, or work with families in designated programs, agencies, and organizations.

Next Steps

Discuss your course load with an academic advisor inside the Hannelly Enrollment Center (HC) at our historic, centrally located campus. Future teachers may contact the program director, Alverta McKenzie, for more information.