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Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Teacher Education

The Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Teacher Education is designed for the Community College student who wishes to transfer to a Colorado four-year public College or university to receive a Bachelor’s degree with an Early Childhood Teacher Education licensure. Students who complete the program at the Community College, receiving a "C" or better (B- or better in ENG 121) will be considered for admission at Colorado public institutions of higher education.

Students must develop a graduation plan with a Teacher Education Advisor and complete the 60 credit hours that are guaranteed to transfer to all Early Childhood Teacher Education programs at the following Colorado public four-year institutions of higher education: Adams State College (Interdisciplinary Studies); Colorado State University (Human Development), Fort Lewis College (Interdisciplinary Studies), Mesa State College (Liberal Arts), Metropolitan State College of Denver (Human Development), University of Northern Colorado (Interdisciplinary Studies).

To complete the A.A. graduation requirements, students who have completed the first 60 credit hours will apply to a specific teacher education program listed above.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College

For more information about this transfer degree please refer to the Colorado Department of Higher Education website

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements

35 credit hours

Written Communication

(6 credit hours)

ENG 121

English Composition I (GT-CO1)

3

ENG 122

English Composition II (GT-CO1)

3

Mathematics

(6 credit hours)

MAT 120

Mathematics for Liberal Arts (GT-MA1) OR

4

MAT 121

College Algebra (GT-MA1)

4

 

AND

 

MAT 135

Introduction to Statistics (GT-MA1)

3

 

OR

 

MAT 155

Integrated Math I AND

3

MAT 156

Integrated Math II

3

Arts and Humanities

(6 credit hours)

 

Students must choose two of the following courses:

 

ART 110

Art Appreciation (GT-AH1) OR

3

LIT 115

Introduction to Literature (GT-AH2) OR

3

LIT 255

Children's Literature OR

3

MUS 120

Music Appreciation (GT-AH1)

3

Natural and Physical Sciences

(8 credit hours)

SCI 155

Integrated Science I (GT-SC1)

4

 

AND

 

SCI 156

Integrated Science II (GT-SC1)

4

Social and Behavioral Sciences

(9 credit hours)

GEO 105

World Regional Geography (GT-SS2)

3

HIS 121

U.S. History to Reconstruction (GT-HI1)

3

POS 111

American Government (GT-SS1)

3

Additional Required Courses

(19 credit hours)

ECE 101

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

ECE 102

Introduction to Early Childhood Lab Techniques

3

ECE 205

Nutrition, Health and Safety

3

ECE 238

Child Growth and Development

3

ECE 241

Administration: Human Relations for The Early Childhood Professions

3

ECE 188

Practicum OR

 

ECE 209

Observing Young Children OR

 

ECE 236

Child Growth/Development Lab

1

COM 115

Public Speaking with a grade of "B" or better

3

Elective Courses

(6 credit hours)

Select 6 Credit Hours from the following five options

ECE 103

Guidance Strategies for Young Children

3

ECE 111

Infant and Toddler Theory and Practice

3

ECE 220

Curriculum Development: Methods & Techniques

3

ECE 240

Administration of Early Childhood Care & Education Programs

3

ECE 260

Exceptional Child

3

Consult an Advisor at transfer institution or ACC to determine appropriate electives.

Total

60 credit hours

Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

Graduation Requirements

  • All courses required for this degree must be completed with a "C" or better to meet graduation requirements.
  • To graduate, students must apply for graduation (form available at www.arapahoe.edu/graduation) and complete the graduation survey (available via myACC).
  • After applying for graduation, all correspondence to a student about the status of their program conferral will be sent to their student email address only.