Elementary Education

Early Childhood Education (AA)

Pathway Map

Pathway Map

Program Information

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.

Course Requirements  (AA ECE)

Program Curriculum and Requirements

Contact Information

Next Steps


Financial Aid



Questions about this pathway?

Melissa Larson Busby
Early Childhood Education Director

Monica Krantzman
Academic Program Assistant
Phone: 520-494-5257

Scholarship and Transfer Resources

Transfer Pathways

If you are interested in transferring to a university to complete a baccalaureate degree please schedule a appointment with an ECE advisor or visit the Central Arizona College Career and Transfer Center

We currently have transfer agreements in place with the following universities:

Arizona State University

Northern Arizona University

University of Arizona South

Western New Mexico University

Scholarship Opportunities

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:

General Information – FTF College Scholarship Program.

Application Process – Tutorial 

Student Checklist – Scholarship Application Checklist


Resources and Information

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.

Other Helpful Resources and Links

ECE Brochure

Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children 

Arizona Early Childhood Career and Professional Development Network

Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry 

Somos Enlace Early Childhood Student Organization 

Somos Enlace

Faculty and Staff

Melissa Busby

Melissa Larson-Busby
Early Childhood Education Director

Victoria Young-Chiverton

Victoria Young-Chiverton
Professor of Early Childhood Education

Chris Emlet

Chris Emlet
Instructional Specialist

Dixie Harvey

Dixie Harvey
Instructional Specialist

Monica Krantzman

Monica Krantzman
Academic Program Assistant