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Foundations of Early Childhood Education

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 cognitive and physical development of the young child, language acquisition, curriculum development, health and safety guidelines, business procedures, and family/community relationship building. This CCL is embedded (can be used to fulfill part of the requirements) in a second available CCL, Early Childhood Education. Both CCLs are embedded (can be used to fulfill requirements) in the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Early Childhood Education.


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Field of Interest
Foundations of Early Childhood Education (CER)
Total Credits Required
Effective term
Fall 2021

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses within the program.

For some employment and field experiences (including internship courses), students will be required to have a current Identity Verified Print (IVP) Fingerprint Clearance Card and a current TB vaccination.

This program replaces:
CCL/5016 Early Childhood Education
CCL/5019N Early Childhood Classroom Management
CCL/5356 Early Childhood Education and Administration: Birth through Age Five
CCL/5358 Early Care Specialist
CCL/5374 Early Childhood Education
CCL/5710 Foundations of Early Childhood Education
CCL/5714 Family Child Care Management
CCL/5715 Infant and Toddler Development

What You'll Learn
  • Identify developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate learning experiences that promote each child's growth and development in the following domains: Social-Emotional, Physical, Cognitive, and Language and Literacy. (CFS101AH, CFS/ECH176, CFS235, ECH128, ECH281, EED200, EED205, EED210, EED260, EED261)
  • Describe the components necessary for a safe, caring, inclusive, and healthy learning environment according to best practices and local, state, and national standards. (CFS123, CFS125, CFS/ECH271, ECH280, CFS282, ECH282, EDU222, EED212, EED215, EED222, EED260, EED261)
  • Analyze children's learning and development through observation and documentation, using standards and best practices. (CFS/ECH176, CFS235, EED200, EED205, EED260, EED261)
  • Establish reciprocal, culturally responsive relationships with families and communities. (CFS123, CFS125, CFS/ECH271, ECH280, CFS282, ECH282, EED212, EED215)
  • Practice communication skills to advocate for children and their families. (EDU222, EED200, EED222,)
  • Practice ethical and professional standards and behavior. (EED200, EED260, EED261)
  • Advocate for an ethical, equitable, diverse, and effective early childhood education profession. (EDU222, EED200, EED222)
  • Engage in reflective practice and continuous learning through education and research. (CFS/ECH271, CFS282, ECH282, EDU222, EED212, EED222, EED260, EED261, EED280)
  • Collaborate with peers to problem-solve within early childhood education. (EDU222, EED222, EED260, EED261)
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
CFS/ECH176Child Development (3) OR
CFS235Developing Child: Theory into Practice, Prenatal - Age 8 (3) OR
EED205The Developing Child: Prenatal to Age Eight (3)3
EED200Foundations of Early Childhood Education3
CFS/ECH271Arranging the Environment (1) AND
CFS282Mainstreaming The Young Child with A Disability (1) AND
ECH282Discipline/Guidance of Child Groups (1) OR
EED212Guidance, Management and the Environment (3)3
CFS123Health and Nutrition In Early Childhood Settings (1) AND
CFS125Safety in Early Childhood Settings (1) AND
ECH280Food Experiences With Young Children (1) OR
EED215Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness (3)3
CFS101AHArt Activities for the Young Child (1) AND
ECH281Movement/Music for the Young Child (1) OR
ECH128Early Learning: Play and the Arts (3) OR
EED210Creative and Cognitive Play (3)2-3
EDU222Introduction to the Exceptional Learner (3) OR
EED222Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight (3)3
EED260Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Internship (1) OR
EED261Early Childhood Preschool Internship (1)1

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.