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Early Childhood Education


Influence the future!

The Early Childhood Education program at EMCC provides students with the practical and technical skills and training that lead to a rewarding teaching career in two different tracks for an degree:

  • Track 1: Associate of Arts (AA) degree: The AA degree is for students interested in transferring to a four-year university to obtain a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, preschool through 3rd grade. The AA degree conveniently transfers as a block to Arizona’s state universities as well as private institutions to pursue advance degrees.
  • Track 2: Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree: The AAS degree is for students interested in obtaining a 2-year degree, preparing them for the national Child Development Associate (CDA) test. This degree specifically trains and prepare individuals focusing on programs serving children, birth through age 8.

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.Take a look Inside the Program for a glimpse as to what you can expect as a Teacher Education student.

When you enroll in an Teacher Education program, you become part of the Teacher Education Institute at EMCC, which helps students succeed by offering educational networks, scholarships, internships and other professional opportunities within their selected field of study.

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Career and Employment Outlook

Early Childhood Education studies encompasses many different areas of specialty you can enter, with plenty of possibilities! Read more from O*NET.

Additional Information

Special requirements: Teacher education students must possess a valid IVP fingerprint clearance card in order to be placed in an internship/ field experience. The card must be in the student’s possession when participating in the internship/field experience at a public school. Learn more.

Uncertain about which track is best for you? Contact Jason Galaviz, Teacher Education and Early Childhood program program advisor, by email or at 623-935-8825.

University Transfer Options

After completing the AAEE, you will be well-prepared to begin your career path or transfer to a university for a bachelor's degree.

At EMCC, get a degree in... And transfer to a university to get a degree in...
Associate in Arts, Elementary Education (AAEE) Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education

Maricopa-ASU Pathway Program

This program has an MAPP (Maricopa-ASU Pathway Program) option. For more information about the MAPP program and to find additional information, see the MAPP page.

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