Students considering a career in early childhood education or individuals employed at daycares, Head Starts, at-risk preschools, or other early childhood environments can earn an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Early Childhood Education or an Associate in Arts (AA) degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Education Emphasis from Arizona Western College. Several certifications in early childhood education are also offered.
The Early Childhood Education program will prepare students for an entry-level position within the field. Most careers in early childhood education require additional degrees at the university level. Students must obtain TB test as well as a background and fingerprint check before entering any field placement.
Graduates of these programs will successfully complete the following learning outcomes:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of young children’s characteristics and needs, from birth through age 8
- Support and engage families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships
- Demonstrate an understanding of the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment – including the use in development of appropriate goals, curriculum, and teaching strategies for young children
- Utilize a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching/learning approaches
- Utilize knowledge, appropriate early learning standards, and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate developmentally meaningful and challenging curriculum for each child
- Demonstrate knowledge about and uphold ethical standards and other early childhood professional guidelines