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Applied Science: Early Childhood Education Emphasis

Bachelor of Applied Science

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The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program will prepare students for a career in organizations that provide structured learning and support services for children ranging from birth through age eight. This program is not intended to provide teacher certification. Students wishing to pursue teacher certification should explore the Elementary Education program with an Early Childhood Endorsement. The Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood is designed to be a continuation of the A.A. and A.A.S. in Early Childhood degrees (or equivalent) offered at accredited community colleges.

Major Details

College: University of Arizona South
Admissions Requirements:

As a 2+2 program partnering with community colleges and offering the second two years of the degree program only, this major has additional admission criteria. Please see the UA South website for more information.

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • UA Online
  • UA Douglas
  • UA South Online
  • UA Pinal
  • UA Santa Cruz
  • UA Sierra Vista
  • UA Tech Park
  • UA South Yuma

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
4th Semester
Student needs 60 completed units to begin BAS sequence 60
ENGL 101 3
ENGL 102 3
Community College Math 3
Second Language 4
TEDV 301 3
TEDV 325 3
TEDV 370 3
5th Semester
ENGV 308 3
LCEV 408 3
BASV 314 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
6th Semester
TEDV 411 3
BASV 316 3
BASV 319 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
TEDV 474 2
TEDV 470 2
TEDV 482 3
ENGV 306 3
Tier II General Education 3
TEDV 394A or TEDV 394B 2
8th Semester
TEDV 473A 2
TEDV 473B 2
TEDV 473C 2
TEDV 498 1
TEDV 394A or 394B 2
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of early childhood teaching methods and technique (in math/science, language/social studies, and creative arts/PE), early literacy, teaching exceptional children, guidance and classroom management, educational technology, mathematics for applied science, analysis methods, and field study, gained from a major in Early Childhood Education, provides graduates a solid career foundation to work for children ranging from birth to 8 years old. This non-teaching certificate program is designed to prepare students to work in teaching, child services, curriculum planning, and outreaching.  

Potential Career Areas

  • Pre-K-3 teaching
  • After-school program and coordination
  • Parent and community outreach
  • Literacy development
  • Learning support and enhancement
  • Social work
  • Consulting and advising
  • Evaluation and planning

Sample Employers

  • Public, private, and charter schools
  • Child service agencies
  • Governmental agencies
  • Nonprofit and for-profit educational organizations
  • Preschools
  • Daycare and learning centers
  • Educational toy companies
  • Teaching supply companies

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Childcare/Daycare Worker $16,430 - $19,600
Preschool Teacher $18,090 - $27,130
Kindergarten Teacher $32,450 - $50,120
Elementary School Teacher $35,360 - $53,400
Private School Teacher, Elementary $32,120 - $50,560
Teacher Assistant $17,180 - $23,640
Social and Community Service Manager $36,250 - $59,970
Distance Learning Coordinator $27,830 - $82,690
Nonprofit Organization Youth Organizer $18,000 - $40,000
After School Program Director $27,930 - $43,950
Executive Director, Nonprofit Organization $40,000 - $150,000
Nonprofit Organization Program Assistant $24,000 - $34,000
Training Specialist $32,190 - $56,850
Early Childhood Program Director $27,930 - $43,950
Grant Coordinator and Writer $48,814 - $64,950
Child Care Service Director/Owner $27,950 - $44,890