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Program Details: Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education program is designed to prepare individuals for employment in early childhood settings. This includes instruction in child growth and development, child health, nutrition, safety, planning, supervision of developmentally appropriate practices and learning activities, child guidance, family relationships, and parenting. Applicable legal and administrative requirements are also addressed. Preparation for the development and management of effective early childhood programs and facilities is included.
*Note: This is a dual enrollment program. For more information, please visit the Dual Enrollment page.
License or Certification Information: Certificate of Completion in Foundations of Early Childhood Education from Mesa Community College; Students opt-in to follow pathway; Para Professional Praxis Certification (Seniors only), Food Handlers Certificate, CPR and First Aid Certificate, Bloodborne Pathogens certification, Child Find certification and Mandatory Reporting training
Career Pathway: Preschool or Child Care Assistant Teacher, Recreation/Activities/Party Coordinator, Nanny, Family Care Provider, Elementary Education Aide, Certified Elementary Education Teacher (Early Childhood Endorsement)
Occupational Profile:


Program Courses and Course Sequence:
  • Early Childhood I - 1 semester - 1.5 credits
  • Early Childhood II - 1 semester - 1.5 credits
  • Early Childhood III - 2 semesters - 3 credits
Pre/Co Requisites:
  • 6 high school credits (required)
  • 2.0 GPA (recommended)
  • Arizona State Law requires students 18 and older to obtain a fingerprint clearance card
Length of Program: 2-4 semesters
College Credit: College credit may be available
Technology Requirements: Computer access with Windows OS, Adobe Reader, webcam, microphone and anti-virus protection.
ADE Program Standards:
Supply Fees:
Year 1 - estimated supply fee $118
Year 2 - estimated supply fee $47
Start Date End Date Days Times Campus
July 24, 2024 May 20, 2025

Monday- Friday, (daily)

8:00 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. Main Campus
July 24, 2024 May 20, 2025

Monday- Friday (daily)

12:00 p.m. - 2:35 p.m. Main Campus


Program Details

Early Childhood Education

Location: Main Campus  

Monday through Friday

8:00 - 10:35 am
12:00 - 2:35 pm
See Calendar for EVIT school dates


License/Certifications & Credits
Foundations of Early Childhood Education
Para Professional Praxis Certification