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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Educational Studies Early Childhood

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Educational Studies Early Childhood provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum that emphasizes community, early childhood, and youth education. This program of study is designed to provide students with a foundation of knowledge in educational practices for use in the community setting. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Education, students may work with children and youth outside of traditional public school classroom settings. The AA, Educational Studies Early Childhood does not provide a pathway for students seeking Arizona Department of Education teacher certification.

Details

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Field of Interest
Education
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Educational Studies Early Childhood (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
8134
Total Credits Required
60-64
Catalog Year
2021-2022
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
Effective term
Fall 2021
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

What You'll Learn

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

  1. Evaluate developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate learning experiences that promote growth and development in the following domains: Social-Emotional, Physical, Cognitive, and Language and Literacy.
  2. Identify the components necessary for a safe, caring, inclusive, and healthy learning environment according to best practices and local, state, and national standards.
  3. Analyze learning and development through observation and documentation, using standards and best practices.
  4. Identify reciprocal, culturally responsive relationships between educational professionals, families and communities.
  5. Develop communication skills necessary for education and community advocacy.
  6. Practice ethical and professional standards and behavior.
  7. Advocate for ethical, equitable, diverse, and effective community, early childhood, and youth education professions.
  8. Engage in reflective practice and continuous learning through education and research.
  9. Develop problem solving skills relevant to community, early childhood, and youth education.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-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.

Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School

$51,600

Education and Childcare Administrators, Preschool and Daycare

$39,430

Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

$44,490

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

$28,850

Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School

$45,720

Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary

$24,840

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
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.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT14+ College Mathematics OR Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3–6
EDU/ENH291 Children's Literature HU 3
EED215 or
(CFS123 and
CFS125)
Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness or (Health and Nutrition in Early Childhood Settings and Safety In Early Childhood Settings) 2–3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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 L 0–3
SQ Natural Sciences Quantitative SQ 4
EDU222 or
EED222
Introduction to the Exceptional Learner or Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight C, SB 3
EDU221 or
EED200
Introduction to Education or Foundations of Early Childhood Education SB 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EDU230 Cultural Diversity In Education C 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design Note: EDU230 will meet the [HU] requirement if completed Spring 2022 or later HU 3
CIS105 or
BPC110 or
CSC180AA or
CSC180AB
Survey of Computer Information Systems or Computer Usage and Applications or Computer Literacy or Computer Literacy CS 3–4
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry COM225 recommended L 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication May be met by COM225 Public Speaking in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area SB or L 0–3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CFS205 or
CFS/ECH176
Human Development or Child Development SB 3
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4
RE Restricted Elective 3
RE Restricted Elective 0–3
RE Restricted Elective 0–3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
EDU/ENH291 Children's Literature HU 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CIS105 or
BPC110 or
CSC180AA or
CSC180AB
Survey of Computer Information Systems or Computer Usage and Applications or Computer Literacy or Computer Literacy CS 3–4
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EED215 or
(CFS123 and
CFS125)
Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness or (Health and Nutrition in Early Childhood Settings and Safety In Early Childhood Settings) 2–3
MAT14+ College Mathematics OR Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3–6

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry COM225 recommended L 3
EDU221 or
EED200
Introduction to Education or Foundations of Early Childhood Education SB 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication May be met by COM225 Public Speaking in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area SB or L 0–3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CFS/ECH176 or
CFS205
Child Development or Human Development SB 3
SQ Natural Sciences Quantitative SQ 4
EDU222 or
EED222
Introduction to the Exceptional Learner or Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight C, SB 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EDU230 Cultural Diversity In Education C 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design Note: EDU230 will meet the [HU] requirement if completed Spring 2022 or later HU 3
RE Restricted Elective 0–3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4
RE Restricted Elective 3
RE Restricted Elective 0–3

Restricted Electives: Educational Studies Track Courses

Students should select Educational Studies Track Courses in one of the emphases below. If interested in the Environmental Education, Global Studies, Health Innovation, or Nonprofit Administration track, the courses will need to be completed at ASU:

Business Educational Studies:
ECN211 Macroeconomic Principles

Community Health Educational Studies:
HCR220 Introduction to Nursing and Health Care Systems

Family and Human Development Educational Studies:
CFS112 Personal Growth and Family Relations

Organizational Leadership Educational Studies:
HON201 Leadership Development: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives OR
MGT229 Management and Leadership I AND
MGT230 Management and Leadership II

Personal Health Educational Studies:
FON100 Introductory Nutrition

Political Science Educational Studies:
POS110 American National Government
POS140 Comparative Government
POS210 Political Ideologies

 

Recommended Electives

Electives should be completed once all other requirements have been met and only if needed to complete the 60 credits required for the associate degree.

Recommend students select courses from the following prefixes:
CFS+++++ Any CFS Child/Family Studies course(s)
ECH+++++ Any ECH Early Childhood Education course(s)
EDU+++++ Any EDU Education course(s)
EED+++++ Any EED Early Education course(s)
FCS+++++ Any FCS Family and Consumer Science course(s)
ITD+++++ Any ITD Infant/Toddler Development course(s)
Course Area Key

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

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.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Educational Studies Early Childhood (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=164718).


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.

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 YearEffective Dates
2020-20215/26/2020 – 7/31/2021