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Minimum credits Required: 61

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Arizona Programs of Study AZ Programs of study


The Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education is designed to prepare students for positions within the field of Early Childhood Education. Students may apply credit hours earned in the Certificate in Early Childhood Education toward this degree.


General Education Requirements (25 credits)

Beginning Fall 2015, this program will no longer be offered.

*All AGEC coursework must be selected from the approved AGEC list.
Course Course Title Hours
Composition (6 credits)    
ENG 101 College Composition I 3
ENG 102 College Composition II 3
Mathematics (3 credits)    
MAT 140 or higher. College Mathematics 5
Arts/Humanities (6 credits)    
Two courses.   6
Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)    

PSY 101

Introduction to Psychology 3
One additional SBS course.   3
Physical/Biological Sciences (4 credits)    
Once course.   4

Degree Core Requirements (30 credits)

Course Course Title Hours
ECE 100 Introductions to Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 110 Early Childhood Curriculum 3
ECE 120 Health, Safety, & Nutrition for the Young Child 3
ECE 200 Child Guidance 3
ECE 210 Creative Arts for the Young Child 3
ECE 220 Language Arts for the Young Child 3
ECE 230 Exploration & Discovery for the Young Child 3
ECE 234 Child Growth and Development 3
ECE 240 School, Family, & Community Relations 3
ECE 250 Children with Special Needs 3

Electives (6 credits)

Select six credit hours from the following courses.
Course Course Title Hours
MAT 180 Math for Elementary School Teachers I 3
MAT 181 Math for Elementary School Teachers II 3
EDU 200 Introduction to Education 3
SPC 100 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
POS 220 Arizona and National Constitution 3



The outcomes identified below define the knowledge and skill sets that graduates will possess at the end of these programs of study.

For children ages 0-8

  • Know how to establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment
  • Practice applying social and emotional development techniques
  • Understand how to advance physical and intellectual development
  • Determine how to establish productive relationships with families
  • Observe and record children’s behavior
  • Understand principles of child growth and development


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