The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is designed to prepare individuals for employment as early childhood professionals in a variety of educational settings.

Program Overview

The AAS program includes courses based on current ECE theory and practice as well as general education classes to broaden a student’s base of knowledge. Certificates of Completion are also available.

Students in the program focus on current research, practical application and critical thinking in professional care settings. Children’s growth, developmentally appropriate practice, cultural diversity, observational skills, family support and professional development within the various fields of education and human development are major components of the program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing this program will be able to:

  1. Design 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.
  2. Implement developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate learning experiences.
  3. Maintain a safe, caring, inclusive, and healthy learning environment according to best practices and local, state, and national standards.
  4. Assess children’s learning and development through observation and documentation, using guidelines established by the profession.
  5. Establish reciprocal, culturally responsive relationships with families and communities.
  6. Utilize communication skills to advocate for children and their families.
  7. Practice ethical and professional standards and behavior.
  8. Advocate for an ethical, equitable, diverse, and effective early childhood education profession.
  9. Engage in reflective practice and continuous learning through education and research.
  10. Collaborate with peers to problem solve within early childhood education and other disciplines.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this degree. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Course Outlines

AS-T Degree Requirements Major: Core and Selective Requirements

Complete Core Courses, 24 unitsUnits
ECE. 201Child Development3
ECE. 210Early Childhood Education Principles3
ECE. 211Early Childhood Education Curriculum3
ECE. 212Child, Family, and Community3
ECE. 254Teaching in a Diverse Society3
ECE. 313Health, Safety and Nutrition3
ECE. 333Observation and Assessment of Young Children3
ECE. 366Practicum in Early Childhood Education3

Total Required Major Units: 24

And required General Education coursework and electives as needed to meet the minimum 60 units required for the Associate degree.

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