|Early Childhood Education Program|
Signal Peak Campus
Vision: Central Arizona College's Early Childhood Education program is a model of excellence for early childhood professional development.
Mission: Central Arizona College's Early Childhood Education program engages students in innovative and effective learning experiences that positively impact their lives as well as children, families, and the community.
Central Arizona College's Early Childhood Education Program is a model of excellence for early childhood professional development.
The Early Childhood Education program at Central Arizona College (CAC) improves the quality of early childhood programs by providing high quality, responsive, affordable and accessible education to a diverse community. We do this by following the guidelines and standards for early childhood professional preparation programs as well as the code of ethics that have been developed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children(NAEYC) . NAEYC has determined 6 critical standards that graduates of our program, whether it is with a certificate or a degree, should be knowledgeable of and be able to put into practice.
The CAC Preschool A.A.S. Degree has received National Accreditation through the NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation.
Most of our course assignments and activities have been designed to provide learning opportunities, or practice for being able to demonstrate a working knowledge of these standards. Five of our classes have assessments within them that help us determine if we are doing a good job in teaching these 6 standards. NAEYC awards accreditation to 2 year ECE programs that can demonstrate they are successfully teaching their students to implement the 6 NAEYC standards.
In this area, you will find these NAEYC professional preparation standards, the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and a description of the vision and mission of our ECE program.
The Early Care and Education (ECE) Program at Central Arizona College is an excellent choice for anyone who is pursuing credit for the CDA credential, a Certificate of Completion in ECE, an Associates of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood or wants to begin a transfer pathway for their coursework towards a Bachelor’s Degree.
If you are a Child Care Provider or work in a Child Care Center you may be qualified for assistance. The Professional Career Pathway Project (PCPP) may help pay for tuition and textbooks for ECE classes. For more information about PCPP, please email PCPPAdmin@centralaz.edu or call 520-494-5077.
Areas of Specialization for certificates and degrees include:
We offer a variety of instructional formats including:
- On-site classes (in Pinal County)
- Online classes (with an online orientation that helps you get started with online coursework)
- Distance Learning using interactive television
- Self-paced study
- Traditional classrooms and seminars
- Evening and weekend classes
The Early Childhood Education Department sends out newsletters highlighting information such as classes, financial aid, scholarships, and registration dates. If you would like to be added to our mailing list or know anyone that would be interested, please email ECENews@centralaz.edu