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Early Childhood Education

Program Overview

Early childhood is that unique and dynamic period from birth through age eight. Research shows that the quality of a child’s experiences in their first five years helps shape brain development. Early childhood education plays an essential role in supporting the healthy growth and development of children. If you’re interested in the well-being of young children, their families, and the community, the Early Childhood Education program might be for you. 

The Early Childhood Education program involves studying the complexities of social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development. Our experienced faculty will teach you how to design, implement, and promote the best and most desirable experiences for children in early childhood centers and programs. You will also learn how to develop reciprocal relationships with families and research and advocate for access and equity. We will provide opportunities for you to learn skills, foster dispositions, and establish professional networks to launch or enhance your career.

Enroll in the Early Childhood Education program today and make it happen.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Why Estrella Mountain Community College?

Teachers are truly the backbone of our future generations, influencing little learners. The Early Childhood Education program at EMCC provides students with the practical and technical skills and training that lead to a rewarding teaching career. Education courses offered at EMCC provide a strong foundation for a career in teaching and include field experiences and a practicum to provide students with real-world classroom experiences. Lighting a passion in young minds, feeds your passion too! Early Childhood Education program students become part of the Teacher Education Institute at EMCC, which helps them succeed by offering educational networks, scholarships, internships, and other professional opportunities within their selected field of study.