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Early Childhood Education AA Degree
Semester Hours:  60
Effective Term: Fall 2017
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None


Program Description: The Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education (AA ECE) Degree is appropriate for students working in early childhood environments who want to increase their knowledge, practical, and professional skills in the field, and for students who want to pursue advanced degrees in Early Childhood Education teacher certification.

Recommended Proficiencies: College-level English, math and reading courses or placement test scores to demonstrate proficiency.

Course Requirements
Associate of Arts Early Childhood Education

AGEC-A (35-36 Credits)
The Arizona General Education Curriculum focused on the Arts (AGEC-A) is a 35-semester credit block that fulfills the lower division general education requirements of liberal arts majors (e.g. social sciences, fine arts, humanities). The AGEC-A requires a minimum of MAT 141 or higher, and 32 credit hours in other general education disciplines. The AGEC block transfers to any Arizona public or tribal community college and to the three Arizona public universities.

General Education Requirements (35-36)
For the following five categories below, select the recommended
course(s) or an AGEC course from the equivalent category:

Written Communication (6)
ENG 101 English Composition III (3)
ENG 102 English Composition IV (3)

Oral Communications (3)
Select an AGEC course

Art and Humanities (6)
Select a minimum of one Art (3) and one Humanities (3) AGEC course

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6-9)
EDU 221 Intro to Education (3)
EDU 222 Intro to Special Education (3)
ECE 276 Child Development (3)
(Also fulfills Core Requirement)

Physical and Biological Sciences (8 credits)
Select AGEC courses with a laboratory component

Mathematics (3-4 credits)
MAT141 College Mathematics, Standard (4) or higher

Special Awareness Requirements (0-9)
Select AGEC course courses to fulfill these requirements

Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry (3)
LIT291 Children's Literature for Educators (3) (Recommended)

Cultural Awareness (Ethnic/Race/Gender) (3)
EDU 230 Cultural Values in Education (3) (Recommended)

Global/International/Historical Awareness (3)
Select an AGEC Course

NOTE: Courses used in other areas, such as Oral Communications, Art and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences or Transfer Electives, may also be used to satisfy the three (3) Special Awareness Requirements categories. A course may not be used to satisfy more than one Special Awareness Requirements category.

Core Requirements (19)
ECE105 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE110 Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
ECE116 Effective Interactions and Guidance (3)
ECE216 Early Childhood Observation and Assessment (3)
ECE229 Early Childhood Practicum (4)
ECE276 Child Development (3) (Also fulfills AGEC Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement)

Electives (6)
Select two:
ECE254 Emergent Language and Literacy (3)
ECE278 Effective Curriculum Design (3) (Recommended)
ECE283 Valuing Families and Diversity (3) (Recommended)
EDU240 Provisional Structured English Language Immersion (3)
POS220 U.S. and Arizona Constitutions (3)
MAT201 Math for Elementary Teachers I (3)
MAT202 Math for Elementary Teachers II (3)

Other A.A. Degree Requirements (3)

Reading Competency:
RDG094 College Reading (3) or equivalent reading assessment test score

Computer Competency (3) (select one)
AGB124 Microcomputers in Agriculture (3)
CIS120 Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) or higher
EGR102 Introduction to Engineering (3)
EIT151 Digital Audio Workstation (3)
MSC122 Introduction to Web Design (3)
OR
Transferable Computer Competency course (Consult the Course Equivalency Guide to determine transferability to the three state public universities.)

Students must earn:
A grade of C or better in each A.A. Degree required course.
A minimum of 20 credits from CAC which includes the AGEC-A requirements.

This Associate of Arts Degree requires 60 semester credits.

Program Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Analysis Level) Analyze and explain the multiple historical, philosophical, and social foundations of the early childhood profession and how these influence current research, thought, and practice. (CSLO 1 & 2)

2. (Analysis Level) Analyze and explain the special conditions that may affect the development of young children, birth through age eight. (CSLO 2 & 4)

3. (Synthesis Level) Plan a learning environment for young children that is responsive to each child's physical health, intellectual and emotional well-being, and nutritional and safety needs. (CSLO 3 & 4)

4. (Evaluation Level) Justify and explain the importance of establishing and maintaining positive, productive, reciprocal relationships with families. (CSLO 1 & 2)

5. (Synthesis Level) Design strategies that promote developmentally and culturally appropriate practices and are inclusive of young children with diverse abilities.

5. (Evaluation Level) Describe and defend the principles and theories of child development. (CSLO 2 & 4)

6. (Evaluation Level) Demonstrate and defend professional decisions based on the knowledge of early childhood theories and practices and the principles of the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct. (CSLO 2, 3 & 4)

7. (Evaluation Level) Interpret, critique, and apply ECE knowledge and skills into a variety of areas for curriculum that encourage young children's growth and development. (CSLO 2 & 4)

8. (Evaluation Level) Interpret, critique and apply assessment methods that are developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and contain documentation from multiple sources, including families and other professionals, to make informed decisions about children and programs. (CSLO 1 & 2)

Standards for Program
NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation
Standard One: Promoting Child Development and Learning
Standard Two: Building Family and Community Relationships
Standard Three: Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families
Standard Four: Using Developmentally Effective Approaches to Connect with Children and Families
Standard Five: Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum
Standard Six: Becoming a Professional