Early Childhood Studies

Why choose NPC?

Northland Pioneer College has some of the state’s most highly regarded courses, certificates and degrees in the field of early childhood, as well as one of the lowest tuition rates of any community college in Arizona.

NPC's Early Childhood Studies program is being totally revised. Contact the Department Chair, Dr. Allison Landy for details about these exciting changes.

    • In Arizona, K-3 teachers are encouraged to have birth to 8-years-old educator/caregiver experience.

      Degree/Certificate Options

      For those NOT planning to transfer to a university or four-year college the following degrees/ certificates are available. (See right side of page for university transfer degrees.)

        Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree
        64 credits
        Certificate of Applied Science (CAS)
        32 - 41 credits depending on area
          of specialization
        Certificate of Proficiency (CP)
        16 - 26 credits depending on area of study

          Areas of Specialization
          • Early Childhood Studies (AAS, CAS, CP)
          • Early Childhood Management
            (AAS, CAS)
          • Family Care (AAS, CAS, CP)
          • Infant/Toddler (AAS, CAS, CP)
          • School-Age (AAS, CAS, CP)

          Why Study Early Childhood?

          NPC is partnering with Navajo Nation First Things First to offer Professional Development Grant to Navajo students wanting to study Early Childhood Studies.

          Classes this spring will be in Leupp, Arizona.

          Learn more

          Career Opportunities

          The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a steady growth rate for teacher assistants and child care workers in the coming decade.  In addition, a number of NPC students use their AGS associate degree as the foundation for eventual careers as social workers, counselors, speech therapists and special education teachers.

          University Transfer Options

          Plan on continuing to a four-year college or university? Visit these other degree offerings:

          Contact Us

          Dr. Allison Landy, Department Chair

          Painted Desert Campus – Holbrook
          Nizhoni Learning Center

          (800) 266-7845, ext. 7335
          (928) 524-7312

          Gainful Employment

          The U.S. Department of Education requires all colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."  Gainful employment disclosure information can be found for specific programs regarding tuition and fees and median loan debt, completion and job placement rates, and jobs related to the program on the web page for each program area.

          We hope this information is helpful to our current and prospective students as you make your career and educational choices. For more information on Gainful Employment requirements, please read this letter from the U.S. Department of Education (7-page PDF).

          Click for links to NPC's individual program/certificate Gainful Employment Data