Early Learning and Development

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Early Learning and Development program is designed to prepare individuals to enter the workforce as Early Childhood Professionals and to assist individuals employed in the field to upgrade and expand their skills. The program emphasizes the roles of early care and education professionals, families and the wider society as they together meet the contemporary needs of young children. Course work includes the principles of developmental science, professionalism in early childhood work, philosophies and methods of early learning, and the impact of standards on practice. To apply planning, management and evaluation skills, students will observe, participate, and intern in state licensed early childhood programs.

Details

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3124
Total Credits Required
63-68
Catalog Year
2019-2020
What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Distinguish developmental characteristics in all areas from prenatal through age 8 and the influences of family dynamics, community, and culture on the typical and atypical child’s development.
  2. Design, deliver and evaluate meaningful curriculum and safe learning environments that are developmentally appropriate and respectful of each child.
  3. Analyze assessment plans and procedures to assess a young child’s development, determine individual needs, and compose communication with families while maintaining confidentiality.
  4. Construct effective interactions by using a variety of techniques to build reciprocal and respectful relationships with children, parents, and professionals.
  5. Compose policies and develop practices and procedures that are aligned with relevant state and national standards in order to create a healthy and safe environment for young children.
  6. Construct a welcoming environment that arranges itself as a linkage between families and the larger community and develops respectful reciprocal communication between the families and teacher/program that empowers the families to be advocates for their children.
  7. Develop a personal commitment to professionalism and quality by examining, implementing, and advocating for state and national standards, regulations, code of ethics, and policies through continued professional and leadership development.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

$27,810

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2018.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Fall Semester (Term 1)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 1)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CFS176 or
ECH176 or
EED205
Child Development or Child Development or The Developing Child: Prenatal to Age Eight EED205 recommended course SB 3
EED200 Foundations of Early Childhood Education Critical course Course offered in Fall only RC 3
EED212 Guidance, Management and the Environment Critical course Course offered in Fall only RC 3
EED220 Child, Family, Community and Culture Course offered in Fall only RC 3
Restricted Elective Any EED or CFS or ECH course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area RE 1
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3

Spring Semester (Term 2)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 2)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EED215 Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness Critical course RC 3
ECH128 Early Learning: Play And The Arts Course offered in Spring only RC 3
Humanities & Fine Arts Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area HU 3
Restricted Elective Any EED or CFS or ECH course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR equivalent as indicated by assessment CR 0–3

Fall Semester (Term 3)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 3)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EED222 Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight RC 3
EED245 Early Learning: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development Course offered in Fall only RC 3
EED260 Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Internship Course offered Fall, Spring and Summer RC 1
Restricted Elective
EED278 Early Learning: Curriculum And Instruction - Birth/Preschool Course offered in Fall only RC 3
Mathematics Any approved General Education course in the Mathematics area Critical course If completing both the AAS and the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC), select MAT140 or higher MA 3–5

Spring Semester (Term 4)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 4)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EED255 Portfolio Development and Writing for the Profession Course offered in Fall, Spring and Summer RC 3
EED261 Early Childhood Preschool Internship Course offered in Fall, Spring and Summer RC 1
EED280 Standards, Observation and Assessment of Typical/Atypical Behaviors of Young Children Birth to Age 8 Course offered in Spring only RC 3
Restricted Elective Any EED or CFS, or ECH, Course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area RE 2
Oral Communication Any approved General Education course in the Oral Communication area COM 3
Natural Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area NS 4
Students are eligible for the AAS upon the completion of Term 4 with a total of 63-68 credits

Fall Semester (Term 5)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 5)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3
HU & L Any course that meets both "Humanities, Arts, & Design" and Literacy & Critical Inquiry" 3
SQ Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area that satisfies the SQ value 4
Students are eligible for the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) after completing Term 5

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Fall Semester (Term 1)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 1)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EED200 Foundations of Early Childhood Education Critical course Course offered in Fall only RC 3
EED212 Guidance, Management and the Environment Critical course Course offered in Fall only RC 3

Spring Semester (Term 2)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 2)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EED215 Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness Critical course RC 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
Restricted Elective Any EED or CFS or ECH course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area RE 1

Fall Semester (Term 3)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 3)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
EED220 Child, Family, Community and Culture Course offered in Fall only RC 3

Spring Semester (Term 4)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 4)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ECH128 Early Learning: Play And The Arts Course offered in Spring only RC 3
CFS176 or
ECH176 or
EED205
Child Development or Child Development or The Developing Child: Prenatal to Age Eight EED205 recommended course SB 3
Restricted Elective Any EED or CFS or ECH course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area RE 3

Fall Semester (Term 5)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 5)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR equivalent as indicated by assessment CR 0–3
EED222 Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight RC 3

Spring Semester (Term 6)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 6)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Humanities & Fine Arts Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area EDU291 recommended course HU 3
EED245 Early Learning: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development Course offered in Fall only RC 3
EED260 Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Internship Course offered Fall, Spring and Summer RC 1

Fall Semester (Term 7)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 7)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Restricted Elective RE
EED278 Early Learning: Curriculum And Instruction - Birth/Preschool Course offered in Fall only RC 3

Spring Semester (Term 8)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 8)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Mathematics Any approved General Education course in the Mathematics area Critical course If completing both the AAS and the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC), select MAT140 or higher MA 3–5
EED255 Portfolio Development and Writing for the Profession Course offered in Fall, Spring and Summer RC 3

Fall Semester (Term 9)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 9)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EED261 Early Childhood Preschool Internship Course offered in Fall, Spring and Summer RC 1
EED280 Standards, Observation and Assessment of Typical/Atypical Behaviors of Young Children Birth to Age 8 Course offered in Spring only RC 3
Restricted Elective Any EED or CFS, or ECH, Course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area RE 2

Spring Semester (Term 10)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 10)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Oral Communication Any approved General Education course in the Oral Communication area COM 3
Natural Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area NS 4
Students are eligible for the AAS upon the completion of Term 10 with a total of 63-68

Fall Semester (Term 11)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 11)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3
HU & L Any course that meets both "Humanities, Arts, & Design" and Literacy & Critical Inquiry" 3

Term 12

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 12
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SQ Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area that satisfies the SQ value 4
Students are eligible for the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) after completing Term 12
Program Area Key
Disclaimer

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

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Early Learning and Development (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=125794).

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.