Early Childhood Education Major Guide


Mesa Community College

Early childhood education focuses on the development of children from birth to grade 3. Students gain the skills to assess, monitor, and report the progress of all children. Techniques and approaches to involve family in the development of their children are also studied. Traditional coursework is enhanced with internships, clinical experiences, and collaborations with practicing educators in preK-3 classrooms. Early childhood education majors who want to teach in a public school must also pass the Arizona Educator Exams (AEPA/NES). For more information about the different types of employment opportunities in the early childhood fieldĀ visit: Arizona Early Childhood Career and Professional Development Network website: http://azearlychildhood.org/advance-your-career/careers-in-early-childhood Child Care Services Association T.E.A.C.H. National Center: http://www.childcareservices.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/CCSA-Careers-in-Early-Childhood-National-Directory-2015.pdf

Associate's Degree
An associate's degree is comprised of 60-64 community college credits. Below is information specific to your major.

  AGEC Requirement
The Arizona General Education Curriulum block for this major is the AGEC-A.

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AGEC-A Course List
  Mesa Community College Courses
The courses listed below are recommended if you plan to transfer to a university and study Early Childhood Education.
Intro to Special EducationEED 222 or EDU 222*
Math for Elementary Teachers IMAT 256**
Math for Elementary Teachers IIMAT 257**

  Mesa Community College Electives
The elective courses listed below may be applicable to your degree depending on which university you choose.
Child DevelopmentCFS 235 or EED 205
Children's LiteratureEDU 291 OR ENH 291
Cultural Diversity in EducationEED 220 or EDU 230
Foundations of SEIEDU 220
Intro to EducationEED 200 or EDU 221*
Nutrition, Health & SafetyEED 215 or (CFS 123 & CFS 125)
State and National ConstitutionHIS 103 or POS 110 or POS 113/GCU 113 or POS 227/GCU 227

* Courses may be applicable to the shared majors but may not have direct equivalency in the CEG. Therefore, students may have to take the required course upon transfer.
** UA- May not be a direct equivalency for UA student should check directly with university

Bachelor's Degrees & Majors

  Bachelor's Degree for Early Childhood Education
Arizona State UniversityBAEEarly Childhood & Early Childhood Special Education
Arizona State UniversityBAEEducational Studies
Northern Arizona UniversityBSEDEarly Childhood Education
University of ArizonaBAEEarly Childhood Education
4th Semester Proficiency

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