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Early Childhood Studies

Associate of Applied Science

Learn to excel at caring for and educating young children through this flexible, high-quality program.  Students planning to transfer to a four-year university should pursue either the Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education Associate of Arts degree. 

Selective Admissions Program: In order to be fully admitted to this program, you must fulfill the requirements listed in Program Admissions. See an advisor for details.

What can I do with this degree?

Career options:  Become a teacher’s aide, lead teacher or director of a pre-school center, or open your own home child care center.

Academic options:  While this program was not designed to transfer to a 4-year university, it may apply toward Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) or other programs. See Pima’s Transfer Partnerships page to determine which universities offer BAS programs, and research how the universities may accept this program in transfer.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements

Select courses to fulfill C or G requirements.* A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Communication Requirement 6
Analysis and Critical Thinking Requirement 6
Humanities and Social Science Requirement 6
Computer and Information Literacy Requirement 1-3
Subtotal 19-21

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 118** Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
    or CDA 102 The Child's Total Learning Environment 1
    and CDA 121 Techniques for Observing Children 1
    and CDA 271 Professionalism in Childcare 1
ECE 226 Teaching Techniques and Behavior Management 3
ECE 228 The Young Child: Family, Culture, and Community 3
ECE 240 Assessment of Young Children 3
ECE 246 Integrating Learning and Lesson Planning: Literacy 3
ECE 292 Early Childhood Education: Theory to Practice 4
ELEC Electives
Complete 17-19 credits so that the total credits for the degree is at least 60 credits.
Contact the Center for Early Childhood Studies to select appropriate electives, which can include additional ECE or CDA courses
Subtotal 39-41
Total 60-62

* In the general education categories, select courses so that at least one course is marked "C" (cultural diversity) or "G" (global awareness). 

** ECE 118 only applies if taken after Summer 2014.