The AA in Elementary Education is appropriate for students who require practical and professional skills and knowledge that can lead to upper division programs in elementary education, special education, and prepares para-educators.
The Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education (AA ECE) Degree is appropriate for students working in early childhood environments who want to increase their knowledge, practical and professional skills in the field, and for students who want to pursue advanced degrees in Early Childhood Education teacher certification.
Many students who start their college career at Central Arizona College plan to continue on for a bachelor’s degree. If you plan to transfer, our Transfer Center has many resources to help you make the most of your time at CAC and plan for a smooth and successful transfer.
If you are interested in transferring to a university to complete a baccalaureate degree please schedule an appointment with an ECE advisor or visit the Transfer Center.
We currently have transfer agreements in place with the following universities:
The Career Center is where students can find up-to-date resources in career assessment, resume development, interview preparation, and internships and more.
Professional Career Pathway Project
Professional Certificate Pathway Project (PCPP) is a scholarship funded by the Department of Economic Security Child Care Administration through Federal Child Care Development Block Grant Funds. If you are currently working in the field of early childhood (in an AZDES certified family child care or center based program) PCPP will pay college tuition for up to 18 credits a year and provide a stipend for books.
First Things First College Scholarship
The FTF College Scholarship provides the early childhood workforce working directly with or on behalf of young children birth through age five access to education and training to achieve degrees, credentials and specialized skills to promote children’s development. For more information please review the following links:
The ECE Department, in collaboration with the Easterseals Blake Foundation, provides year-round child care at Early Learning Centers at the Signal Peak Campus and Superstition Mountain Campuses. The Centers also serve as lab sites for field experience for CAC students.
The centers accept DES subsidies and CCAMPIS child care scholarships are available for Pell-Eligible students. Click here to learn more.