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Early Childhood, Birth-Age 8

Post-Degree Certificate

This program can help Certified Elementary and Special Education teachers prepare to apply for Arizona's Early Childhood, Birth - Age 8 Endorsement.  This standards-based curriculum emphasizes technology, diversity, and the application of current early childhood theory.  Learn from field intensive, standards-based courses, as well as from a supervised and directed internship. 

Before enrolling in this program, you must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and have worked or be working on a state Elementary Education or Special Education certificate.  Students should consult with the Arizona Department of Education certification unit prior to enrolling in classes.  Previous coursework and/or work experience may apply toward the endorsement.

Program/Major Codes: CRDECE/ECK

What can I do with this certificate?

Career Options:  Required to teach in public school Birth - Kindergarten classrooms after July 1, 2012 and recommended for 1st - 3rd grade classrooms.

Academic Options:  Continue your education with post-graduate work in education or a subject discipline, or pursue other specialized endorsements offered by Pima.

More Information:  Review program costs, student debt, on-time graduation and more.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
ECE 108 Literature/Social Studies for Children 3
ECE 117 Child Growth and Development 3
ECE 118* Foundation 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 124 Math and Science for Children 3
ECE 125 Nutrition, Health, and Safety for the Young Child 3
ECE 211 Inclusion of Young Children with Special Needs 3
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 245 Integrating Learning and Lesson Planning through the Arts 3
ECE 246 Integrating Learning and Lesson Planning: Literacy 3
ECE 292** Early Childhood Education: Theory to Practice 4
Total 37

* ECE 118 only applies if taken after Summer 2014.

** Students may request a waiver for the ECE 292 requirement provided one year of full-time early childhood (birth - preschool) experience can be documented, as per the Arizona Department of Education.