Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education Department is a model of excellence for early childhood educator preparation.

Program Information

Vision- Central Arizona College’s Early Childhood Education Department is a model of excellence for early childhood educator preparation.

Mission- Promoting equitable access to innovative and high quality learning experiences for diverse students that positively impact their lives as well as children, families and the community.

National Accreditation

The CAC Early Childhood Education AAS Degree is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation and is one of only three NAEYC Accredited Associate’s Degrees in Arizona.

NAEYC awards accreditation to programs that demonstrate evidence of excellence by meeting the NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards.   To access data on CAC’s Early Childhood student outcomes, please click here.

Early Learning Centers

The ECE Department, in collaboration with the Easterseals Blake Foundation, provide 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.

Degrees and Certificates

Please contact the Early Childhood Education Department at 1-520-494-5477 or ecenews@centralaz.edu for advisement on the following career pathways.

Degrees

Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

The Early Childhood Education AAS Degree prepares competent early childhood professionals for working with young children and families. Students are provided opportunities to gain specialized knowledge and implement best practices in early childhood settings.

This degree is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs.

Early Childhood Education Infant Toddler Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

The Early Childhood Education Infant Toddler AAS Degree provides solid foundational knowledge, field experiences, and common skills and strategies that prepare students for multiple roles in the Infant Toddler field.

Early Childhood Education Assocatie of Arts Degree (AA ECE)

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.

Certificates

Certificate programs prepare students for entry level employment opportunities. Some certificates offer advanced training or build foundations for future completion of an Associate Degree.

Early Childhood Education Certificate

The Early Childhood Education Certificate prepares competent early childhood professionals for working with young children and families in early childhood settings. The certificate prepares students for entry level positions by providing opportunities to gain broad knowledge and practice application of skills.

Early Childhood Education Infant Toddler Certificate

The Early Childhood Education Infant Toddler Certificate prepares competent early childhood professionals for working with young children and families in early childhood settings. The certificate prepares students for entry level positions by providing opportunities to gain broad knowledge and practice application of skills.

Early Childhood Education Professional Development Certificate

The Early Childhood Education Professional Development Certificate prepares early childhood professionals for working with young children and families in early childhood settings. The certificate prepares high school students for entry level positions by providing opportunities to gain introductory knowledge and skills; it also provides for transition to CAC’s ECE program for degree completion.  THIS PROGRAM IS ONLY FOR STUDENTS CONCURRENTLY ENROLLED IN PINAL COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL CTE PROGRAMS.

Contact Information

Melissa Larson-Busby
Early Childhood Education Director
1.520.494.5017
melissa.busby@centralaz.edu

Victoria Young-Chiverton
Professor of Early Childhood Education
1.520.494.5478
victoria.youngchiverton@centralaz.edu

Chris Emlet
Instructional Specialist
1.480.677.7790
chris.emlet@centralaz.edu

Connie Hanson
Office Assistant
1.520.494.5448
connie.hanson@centralaz.edu

Dixie Harvey

Dixie Harvey
Instructional Specialist
1.520.494.5001
dixie.harvey@centralaz.edu

Monica Krantzman
Education Division Program Assistant
1.520.494.5257
monica.krantzman@centralaz.edu

Career and Transfer Resources

If you are interested in transferring to a university to complete a baccalaureate degree please schedule a appointment with an ECE advisor.

Arizona State University

Northern Arizona University

University of Arizona South

Western New Mexico University

Early Childhood Scholarship Programs

Professional Career Pathway Project

Click here for more information about the PCPP Program.

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.

1.520.494.5257
pcppadmin@centralaz.edu


Funding provided by the Arizona Department of Economic Security Child Care Administration through Federal Child Care Development Block Grant fund.

First Things First College Scholarship

Click here for more information about the FTF College Scholarship Program.

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:

Application Process – https://www.azregistry.org/

Student Checklist – Scholarship Application Checklist

1.855.818.6613
info@thearizonaregistry.org

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