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Early Childhood Education

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You can receive a bachelor's degree and also be certified to teach children from birth though age 8.  Even before your student teaching begins, you'll take your courses for a year at a local school and work in early childhood classrooms.  This gives you the opportunity to apply what you are learning in a real classroom with real children.  By the time you graduate, you'll know exactly what it's like working with young children in schools.  Another benefit:  All our school sites are chosen for their excellent teachers and programs.

Major Details

College: College of Education
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see http://www.coe.arizona.edu/future_students/undergrad_admissions for more information.

Website: http://www.coe.arizona.edu/mycoe
Math Required:

General

    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.
General
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: Yes
Available at:
  • Main Campus

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
1st Semester
ENGL 101 English Composition 3
Third Semester Second Language 4
TTE 197a Freshman Success 1
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
Foundation Mathematics 3
ENGL 102 English Composition 3
Fourth Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
MATH 302a Teaching Elem Math 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Academic Concentration 3
Academic Concentration 3
4th Semester
MATH 302b Teaching Elem Math 3
Academic Concentration 3
Academic Concentration 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
TTE 320: Early Childhood Education Foundations Birth-Age 8 3
5th Semester
LRC 411 Cultural Pluralism 3
LRC 480C Children's Literature: Birth-8 3
TTE 301: Child Guidance & Classroom Management Birth-Age 8 2
TTE 317 Teaching Social Sciences 3
TTE 394E Practicum in ECE 1
6th Semester
LRC 312C Early Language Acquisition 3
TTE 303 The Young Child Birth to Age 8 3
TTE 309 Language & Literacy Practices Across Learning Contexts for the Young Child 3
TTE 321C Creative Arts 1
TTE 493D Student Teaching:Birth-Presc/K-3 6
6th Semester Summer
U.S & Arizona Constitution or American National Government 3
Arizona State Government 3
7th Semester
LRC 416 Structured English Immersion 3
SERP 301C Inclusive Ed 2
TTE 319 Language Arts and Literacy Practices for the Young Child 4
TTE 316 Teaching Math/ Technology 3
TTE 357 Using Data to Guide Instruction: Birth to Age 8 3
TTE 394E Practicum in ECE 1
8th Semester
LRC 417 Structured English Immersion 3
TTE 314 Teaching Science 3
TTE 403 Reflective Professionalism and Leadership in Early Childhood Education 2
TTE 493D Student Teaching:Birth-Presc/K-3 6

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 aztransfer.com

  • 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 curriculum design, pedagogy, classroom management, and human development/behavior gained from a major in Early Childhood Education forms a valuable foundation for careers in the Early Childhood field both in and out of the classroom. Graduates in Early Childhood Education can pursue careers in preschools, public and private schools, nonprofit work, after-school programs, government initiatives, and social services.  Early Childhood Education is also excellent preparation for graduate training in education, public administration, and social work.

Potential Career Areas

  • Classroom education
  • Child care
  • Counseling
  • Program design/management
  • Social work
  • Administration
  • Outreach/nonprofit

Sample Employers

  • Preschools
  • K-12 schools
  • Day care
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • After-school programs
  • Government agencies
  • Self-employment
  • Extension offices
  • Health care facilities

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Preschool Teacher $17,200 - $25,700
Kindergarten Teacher $31,700 - $48,800
Teacher¿s Aide $13,000 - $30,000
Early Childhood Program Director $22,000 - $69,000
School Counselor $31,600 - $53,400
Child, Family, and School Social Worker $26,200 - $40,200
Daycare Operator $24,000 - $28,000
Daycare Worker $14,640 - $18,970
Childcare Provider/Nanny $15,900 - $19,300
Cooperative Extension Agent $22,400 - $68,350