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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Educational Studies Early Childhood

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Educational Studies Early Childhood provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum that emphasizes community, early childhood, and youth education. This program of study is designed to provide students with a foundation of knowledge in educational practices for use in the community setting. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Education, students may work with children and youth outside of traditional public school classroom settings. The AA, Educational Studies Early Childhood does not provide a pathway for students seeking Arizona Department of Education teacher certification.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Evaluate developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate learning experiences that promote growth and development in the following domains: Social-Emotional, Physical, Cognitive, and Language and Literacy. (CFS205, EDU221, EDU230, EDU/ENH291, EED200, [HU])
  • Identify the components necessary for a safe, caring, inclusive, and healthy learning environment according to best practices and local, state, and national standards. (CFS112, CFS205, CFS123, CFS125, EDU222, EDU230, EED215, EED222, HCR220, FON100, REC120, [HU], [SG], [SQ])
  • Analyze learning and development through observation and documentation, using standards and best practices. (CFS123, CFS125, CFS205, EDU222, EED200, EED215, EED222, [FYC], (CRE), [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Identify reciprocal, culturally responsive relationships between educational professionals, families and communities. (CFS205, CFS112, CFS123, CFS125, EDU222, EDU230, EED215, EED222, (COM), [HU])
  • Develop communication skills necessary for education and community advocacy. (CFS205, EDU221, EDU222, EDU230, EED200, EED222, POS110, [FYC], [CS], (COM), (CRE), [HU])
  • Practice ethical and professional standards and behavior. (EDU221, EDU222, EED200, EED222, HON201, MGT229, MGT230, POS110, POS140, [FYC], (COM), (CRE), [HU])
  • Advocate for ethical, equitable, diverse, and effective community, early childhood, and youth education professions. (ECN211, EDU221, EDU222, EDU230, EED200, EED222, MGT229, MGT230, POS110, [FYC], (COM), (CRE), [HU])
  • Engage in reflective practice and continuous learning through education and research. (CFS123, CFS125, EDU221, EDU222, EDU230, EDU/ENH291, EED200, EED215, EED222, [FYC], (CRE), [MA], [SG/SQ])
  • Develop problem solving skills relevant to community, early childhood, and youth education. (CFS123, CFS125, CFS205, ECN211, EDU221, EDU222, EDU230, EDU/ENH291, EED200, EED215, EED222, HON201, REC120, [FYC], (COM), (CRE), [HU], [MA], [SG], [SQ])


Academic Plan Code: 
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Educational Studies Early Childhood
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2020 Fall
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
EED215Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness (3) OR
CFS123Health and Nutrition in Early Childhood Settings (1) AND
CFS125Safety in Early Childhood Settings (1)2-3
EDU230Cultural Diversity in Education3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students should select Educational Studies Track Courses in one of the emphases below:
Business Educational Studies:
ECN211Macroeconomic Principles3
Community Health Educational Studies:
HCR220Introduction to Nursing and Health Care Systems3
Family and Human Development Educational Studies:
CFS205Human Development3
CFS112Personal Growth and Family Relations3
Organizational Leadership Educational Studies:
HON201Leadership Development: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (3) OR
MGT229Management and Leadership I (3) AND
MGT230Management and Leadership II (3)3-6
Personal Health Educational Studies:
FON100Introductory Nutrition3
Political Science Educational Studies:
POS110American National Government3
POS140Comparative Government3
Recreation Management Educational Studies:
REC120Leisure and the Quality of Life3
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 35-45
A single course with an [HU], [SB], [L], or [SG/SQ] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s). See the AGEC Matrix for course designations.
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 3
Any approved general education courses in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.
Recommended: COM225 Public Speaking3
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-6
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT145College Mathematics with Review (5) OR
MAT146College Mathematics with Review (6) OR
Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area.3-6
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 3-4
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications (3) 3 OR
CSC180AAComputer Literacy (3) OR
CSC180ABComputer Literacy (4)3-4
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
EDU/ENH291Children`s Literature (3) AND
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area (3)6
Recommended: EDU292/ENH292/STO292 The Art of Storytelling
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 6
EDU221Introduction to Education (3) OR
EED200Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3)3
EDU222Introduction to the Exceptional Learner (3) OR
EED222Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight (3)3
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area (4).8
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with Core Requirements.
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course with the Historical [H] or Global [G] awareness area designation.0-3
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3) OR
May be met by COM225 Public Speaking in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area (3)0-3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
General Electives
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Electives should be completed once all other requirements have been met and only if needed to complete the 60 credits required for the associate degree.
Recommend students select courses from the following prefixes:
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)

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