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Early Childhood Education

Our mission is to provide educational opportunities to a diverse learning community while improving the lives of children and families. We look forward to getting to know you.

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Early Childhood Education (Certificate)

The one-year Early Childhood Education (ECE) certificate program is designed for early childhood teacher training. After you complete the certificate, you may apply for the National Child Development Associate Certificate through a national CDA credentialing agency.

Early Childhood Education (AAS)

This two-year associate of applied science degree builds on the ECE Certificate of Proficiency and gives you additional skills to accompany certification in the field.

Early Childhood Education (AAS-BAS Track)

If you're planning to continue your education and receive a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from a university, this is the program for you. Students who complete the AAS-BAS degree, transfer to a university and complete their BAS Degree. The BAS in early childhood program does not lead to teacher certification. This degree is helpful for center directors, supervisors, and lead teachers.

Early Childhood Education (AA)

If you plan to transfer to a university to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree, then this is the program for you. This degree can lead to teacher certification and builds on the requirements for the National Credential or CDA and prepares you to meet the Arizona Department of Education early childhood education content requirements. This program includes the required courses to fulfill the AGEC-A.