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Early Childhood Education

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. 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.


Academic Plan Code: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2020 Fall
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses within the program.

For some employment and field experiences (including internship courses), students will be required to have a current Identity Verified Print (IVP) Fingerprint Clearance Card and a current TB vaccination.

This program replaces:
AAS/3007 Early Childhood Education
AAS/3109 Early Childhood Administration and Management
AAS/3124 Early Learning and Development
AAS/3356 Early Childhood Education and Administration: Birth through Age Five
AAS/3836 Early Childhood Education

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
CFS/ECH176Child Development (3) OR
CFS235Developing Child: Theory into Practice, Prenatal - Age 8 (3) OR
EED205The Developing Child: Prenatal to Age Eight (3)3
EED225Language and Literacy in the Context of Culture and Relationships3
CFS101AHArt Activities for the Young Child (1) AND
ECH281Movement/Music for the Young Child (1) OR
EED210Creative and Cognitive Play (3) OR
ECH128Early Learning: Play and the Arts (3)2-3
EED200Foundations of Early Childhood Education3
CFS/ECH271Arranging the Environment (1) AND
CFS282Mainstreaming The Young Child with A Disability (1) AND
ECH282Discipline/Guidance of Child Groups (1) OR
EED212Guidance, Management and the Environment (3)3
CFS123Health and Nutrition In Early Childhood Settings (1) AND
CFS125Safety in Early Childhood Settings (1) AND
ECH280Food Experiences With Young Children (1) OR
EED215Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness (3)3
EED222Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight (3) OR
EDU222Introduction to the Exceptional Learner (3)3
CFS/ECH269Child Care Seminar (1) AND
CFS/ECH287Professional Development in Early Childhood Education (1) OR
EED255Portfolio Development and Writing for the Profession (3)2-3
CFS/ECH284ABEarly Childhood Teaching Internship (3) OR
EED260Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Internship (1) AND
EED261Early Childhood Preschool Internship (1)2-3
ECH272Science for the Young Child (1) AND
CFS/ECH273Math for the Young Child (1 ) AND
CFS/ECH275Literacy Development and the Young Child (1) AND
ECH279Early Childhood Curriculum Development (1) OR
EED278Early Learning: Curriculum and Instruction - Birth/Preschool (3)3-4
ECH140Learning Made Visible Through Documentation (1) AND
ECH270Observing Young Children (1) OR
EED280Standards, Observation and Assessment of Typical/Atypical Behaviors of Young Children Birth Age Eight (3)2-3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students must select 9-12 credits from the following and must complete a minimum of 60 credits for the degree. Students are encouraged to consult with a faculty advisor or student services analyst to identify the requirements for their desired academic and professional goals:
CFS+++ Any CFS Child/Family Studies course(s)
ECH+++ Any ECH Early Childhood Education course(s)
EDU+++ Any EDU Education course(s)
EED+++ Any EED Early Education course(s)
FCS+++ Any FCS Family and Consumer Science course(s)
ITD+++ Any ITD Infant/Toddler Development course(s)
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 19-25
General Education CoreCredits: 12-18
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area.
Note: COM225 is recommended for students who wish to transfer to the BAE at ASU.
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment
MathematicsCredits: 3-6
Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area (3-6)3-6
General Education DistributionCredits: 7
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Recommend: EDU/ENH291 Children's Literature OR EDU/HUM/STO292 The Art of Storytelling
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 0
Fulfilled by EDU222 or EED222 in Required Courses area.
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.
  • 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. (CFS101AH, CFS/ECH176, CFS235, CFS/ECH284AB, ECH128, ECH281, EED200, EED205, EED210, EED225, EED260, EED261, CFS+++, EDU+++, EED+++, ECH+++, FCS+++, ITD+++, [HU])
  • Implement developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate learning experiences. (CFS101AH, CFS/ECH284AB, ECH128, ECH272, CFS/ECH273, CFS/ECH275, ECH279, ECH281, EED210, EED260, EED261, EED278, CFS+++, EDU+++, EED+++, ECH+++, FCS+++, ITD+++, (COM), [HU], [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Maintain a safe, caring, inclusive, and healthy learning environment according to best practices and local, state, and national standards. (CFS123, CFS125, CFS/ECH271, CFS282, CFS/ECH284AB, CFS/ECH269, ECH280, ECH282, EDU222, EED212, EED215, EED222, EED255, EED260, EED261, CFS+++, EDU+++, EED+++, ECH+++, FCS+++, ITD+++, [HU], [SG], [SQ])
  • Assess children's learning and development through observation and documentation, using guidelines established by the profession. (CFS/ECH176, CFS235, CFS/ECH284AB, ECH140, CFS/ECH269, ECH270, EED200, EED205, EED255, EED260, EED261, EED280, CFS+++, EDU+++, EED+++, ECH+++, FCS+++, ITD+++, [FYC], (CRE), [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Establish reciprocal, culturally responsive relationships with families and communities. (CFS123, CFS125, CFS/ECH271, CFS282, ECH280, ECH282, EED212, EED215, EED225, CFS+++, EDU+++, EED+++, ECH+++, FCS+++, ITD+++, (COM), [HU])
  • Utilize communication skills to advocate for children and their families. (CFS/ECH269, CFS/ECH287, EDU222, EED200, EED222, EED225, EED255, CFS+++, EDU+++, EED+++, ECH+++, FCS+++, ITD+++, [FYC], (COM), (CRE), [HU])
  • Practice ethical and professional standards and behavior. (CFS/ECH284AB, CFS/ECH269, CFS/ECH287, EED200, EED255, EED260, EED261, CFS+++, EDU+++, EED+++, ECH+++, FCS+++, ITD+++, [FYC], (COM), (CRE), [HU])
  • Advocate for an ethical, equitable, diverse, and effective early childhood education profession. (CFS/ECH269, CFS/ECH287, EDU222, EED200, EED222, EED225, EED255, CFS+++, EDU+++, EED+++, ECH+++, FCS+++, ITD+++, [FYC], (COM), (CRE), [HU])
  • Engage in reflective practice and continuous learning through education and research. (CFS/ECH271, CFS282, CFS/ECH284AB, ECH140, CFS/ECH269, ECH270, ECH272, CFS/ECH273, CFS/ECH275, ECH279, ECH282, CFS/ECH287, EDU222, EED212, EED222, EED255, EED260, EED261, EED278, EED280, CFS+++, EDU+++, EED+++, ECH+++, FCS+++, ITD+++, [FYC], (CRE), [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Collaborate with peers to problem solve within early childhood education and other disciplines. (CFS/ECH284AB, CFS/ECH269, ECH272, CFS/ECH273, CFS/ECH275, ECH279, CFS/ECH287, EDU222, EED222, EED255, EED260, EED261, EED278, CFS+++, EDU+++, EED+++, ECH+++, FCS+++, ITD+++, [FYC], (COM), (CRE), [HU], [MA], [SG], [SQ])

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.