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Early Childhood Studies Concentration

Associate of Arts

Learn how to effectively teach young children while preparing to transfer to a four-year degree program.

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

Academic Options

Transfer to a university to complete a bachelor's degree in communication


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

Program Requirements 2020-2021

Arizona General Education Curriculum Requirements (AGEC-A)

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses.* A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

General Education Requirements Credits
English Composition 6
Humanities and Fine Arts  Complete a course from the Fine Arts list.
  Recommend: ART 105
  Recommend: MAT 142
Social and Behavioral Sciences  
  Recommend: ANT 112 or HUM 260
Special Requirements
  Recommend: ANT 112 or HUM 260 to fulfill the I and C requirement; ART 105 to fulfill the G requirement.
Subtotal 15

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
ECE 117 Child Growth and Development 3
ECE 226 Positive Child Guidance 3
Subtotal 6

Required Support Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
HIS 141
  or HIS 142
History of the United States I
  History of the United States II
MAT 146 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I 3
MAT 147 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II 3  
POS 210 National and State Constitutions
STU 100
  or STU 107
College Success and Career Planning
  University Transfer Programs
  STU 210UT
University of Arizona Transition
  University Transition
AGEC Biological Science:    Recommend: BIO 105IN 4
AGEC Physical Science:  Recommend: AST 101IN, CHM 130IN, GEO 101IN or PHY 121IN 4
Second Language**:  Completion of a second language course numbered 202, fourth semester level 16
Subtotal 39
Total 60

* Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses: Humanities and Fine Arts - either HIS 141 or HIS 142 fulfill 3 credits of this requirement; Biological and Physical Sciences - Biological and Physical Sciences; Social and Behavioral Sciences - POS 210 fulfills 3 credits of this requirement; Other Requirements - the Second Language requirement; Special Requirements - ANT 112 or HUM 260 fulfill the I and C requirement, ART 105 fulfills the G requirement

**   See an advisor or counselor if:

  • you are a bilingual student to discuss exceptions to this requirement or
  • if you are considering taking the CLEP test to earn language credits or
  • if the university major does not require a second language, this requirement may be waived

If this requirement is met in fewer than 16 credits, or if the language requirement is waived, additional transferable electives are necessary to meet the minimum associate degree requirement of 60 credit hours.

Program/Major codes:  AOAALA/ALA1/ALAE

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