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Early Childhood Education

Associate of Arts

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

Program/Major Codes: AOAECE/ECE

What can I do with this degree?

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

Academic options: Transfer to a four-year degree program in early childhood education / elementary education.

Program Requirements


General Education Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses.*

English Composition 6
Subtotal 6

Required Core Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
ECE 112 Music and Art for Children 3
ECE 117 Child Growth and Development 3
ECE 190 Early Childhood Education: Theory
to Practice
ECE 228 The Young Child: Family, Culture and
ECE 240 Assessment of Young Children 3
Subtotal 16

Required Support Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
ART 105 Exploring Art and Visual Culture 3
HIS 101 Introduction to Western Civilization I 3
HIS 141 History of the United States I 3
BIO 105IN Environmental Biology 4
Earth/Space, Physical Science** 4-5
Mathematics: take all three courses 9
MAT 142 Topics in College Mathematics (or
any Math course numbered 151 or higher)
MAT 146 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I   
MAT 147 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II   
Civics and Government
POS 210 National and State Constitutions
Elementary Science
SCT 280 Process of Science for Elementary Educators I 3
SCT 281 Process of Science for Elementary Educators II 3
Social and Behavioral Science
GEO 103 Cultural Geography 3
Speech Communication or Language*** 3-5
Subtotal 41-44
Total 63-66

* Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses: Humanities and Fine Arts - ART 105, HIS 101;  Biological and Physical Sciences - BIO 105 and the Earth/Space, Physical Science course; Social and Behavioral Sciences - POS 210 and GEO 103; Mathematics - MAT 142; Other Requirement Options - HIS 101 and either Speech Communication or Language; Special Requirements - HIS 101 and 141.

** Choose one of the following:  AST 101/101LB; AST 101INAST 102/102LB; AST 102INGLG 101IN [SUN# GLG 1101];  GLG 102INCHM 121/121LB; CHM 121IN; CHM 130/130LB or CHM 130IN [SUN# CHM 1130];  CHM 151/151LB or CHM 151IN [SUN# CHM 1151]GEO 101; GEO 102; PHY 115/115LBPHY 121/121LB or PHY 121IN [SUN# PHY 1111].

*** Students planning to attend ASU or NAU may complete SPE 102 [SUN# COM 1100]or SPE 110 or a language course; students planning to attend the UA must complete one of the following: CHI 202, FRE 202, GER 202 [SUN# GER 2202], ITA 202 [SUN# ITA 2202], JPN 202, LAT 202 [SUN# LAT 2202], RUS 202 [SUN# RUS 2202], SLG 202, SPA 202 [SUN# SPA 2202], or SPA 203.