Associate of Arts in Early Childhood

About this degree


University TransferIf you enjoy children, feel you have a talent for teaching and you want to help improve the world, the Associate of Arts in Early Childhood (AAEC) is a degree program you should consider. The AAEC degree is a transfer degree offering a foundational education that enhances good communication skills and provides a wide general knowledge while allowing the early childhood student the opportunity to also complete the core early childhood courses.

In Arizona, K-3 teachers are now also required to have birth to 8-year-old early educator/caregiver experience. Many early childhood settings also are requiring early childhood educators/providers to obtain bachelor degrees in early childhood.

The AAEC degree is designed for students planning to continue their education by transferring to one of the three Arizona public universities.The general education component of the AAEC degree is specifically designed to fulfill the lower division general education (AGEC-A) requirements at NAU, ASU and UofA.

NPC Requirements

  • The Associate of Arts in Early Childhood degree requires a minimum of 64 hours of course credits with a “C” or better in all courses and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Some courses have placement requirements or prerequisites that may result in coursework beyond 64 credits. These courses, too, require a grade of “C” or better. For information about prerequisites, see an NPC academic adviser.
  • In most general education courses, special emphasis is placed on developing written communication skills with intensive writing requirements. Race and ethnic issue awareness is embedded throughout the general education requirements. Specific courses, as noted, meet the requirement for Contemporary Global/International or Historical Awareness.

Degree Requirements

General Education

35 credits

Completion of the 35 general education course credits fulfills requirements for the Arizona General Education Education Curriculum (AGEC-A).

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22 credits

  • ECD 100 Providing a Healthy Environment • 1 credit
  • ECD 101 The Child's Total Learning Environment • 1 credit
  • ECD 102 Ensuring a Sage Environment • 1 credit
  • ECD 103 Planned Arrangements and Schedules • 1 credit
  • ECD 105 Guidance Principles for Encouraging Self-Discipline • 1 credit
  • ECD 108 Techniques for Observing Children • 1 credit
  • ECD 110 Building Relationships with Parents Through Communications • 1 credit
  • ECD 112 Enhancing Family Involvement • 1 credit
  • ECD 115 Nutrition in Early Childhood • 1 credit
  • ECD 120 Enhancing a Positive Self-Concept • 1 credit
  • ECD 125 Creative Media • 1 credit
  • ECD 200 Introduction to Early Childhood Education • 3 credits
  • ECD 250 Child Development I • 3 credits
  • MAT 161 Algebra-based Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I • 3 credits
  • MAT 162 Algebra-based Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II • 3 credits

Additional Electives • 7 credits

    Successful completion of seven (7) credits of unduplicated university transferrable electives. See academic adviser or current Catalog for details.

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