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Early Childhood Assistant Educator


Acquire theoretical knowledge and develop the competencies needed to enter a career and to continue professional growth in the care and education of children birth through age eight in various settings. 

Conditional Enrollment Program: You will be eligible to enroll in CDA/ECE courses once you have completed the requirement listed in Program Admissions and the department has authorized your enrollment. See the program director or advisor for more information.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes

 Online Option: This program can be completed entirely online


Desert Vista Campus and Online

Contact Information

Division of Education & Biomedical Programs
Dean: 520.206.5105
Center for Early Childhood Studies: 520.206.5162
Lead Faculty: 520.206.5107

Program Information

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Semester Pathways


Completing this program can lead to employment in a variety of different careers. Here are some examples of occupations related to this program with associated Pima County-based annual median wages. Some careers may require additional education or training. Source: EMSI

Occupation Annual Median Wage
Kindergarten teachers $40,025
Preschool teachers $28,070

Academic options

Continue your studies by applying your coursework toward the Early Childhood Studies AAS.

Program Requirements 2020-2021

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
ECE 108 Literature/Social Studies for Children 3
ECE 117 Child Growth and Development 3
ECE 118
    or CDA 102
    and CDA 121
    and CDA 271
Foundations of Early Childhood Education
  The Child's Total Learning Environment
  Techniques for Observing Children
  Professionalism in Childcare
ECE 125 Nutrition, Health, and Safety for the Young Child 3
ECE 211 Inclusion of Young Children with Special Needs 3
ECE 226  Positive Child Guidance 3
ECE or CDA Elective Complete three credits from the following:
ECE 124, 129, 136; CDA 103, 138, 155, 161, 222
Subtotal 21

Required Support Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
ART 105
  or MAT 106
  or WRT 101
Exploring Art and Visual Culture
  Elementary Data Analysis with Spreadsheets
  English Composition I [SUN# ENG 1101]
CSA 100 Computer Literacy 1
STU 100 Student Success and Career Planning 1
Subtotal 5
Total 26

Conditional Program/Major Codes: CRTCAE/9CAE
Gainful Employment Disclosure

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