If your goal is to continue your education so you can work with young children and their families in settings that provide educational, family-support, or early intervention services, then the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Early Childhood Studies degree from NPC is the smart way to start. The AAS degree also supports students working toward a Bachelor’s of Applied Science (BAS) degree. A BAS in Early Childhood builds on the AAS degree to give a greater depth of knowledge to early childhood professionals and advance their careers.
The field of Early Childhood includes a wide variety of opportunities for professionals to profoundly impact the lives of children and families. At NPC, Early Childhood Studies students are prepared to work in diverse and inclusive early childhood classroom environments, including homes, schools, libraries, health programs, and other community settings.
Through a combination of general and specialized areas of early childhood, AAS degree-seeking students become outstanding early educators, decision-makers, coaches, interventionists, advocates, and intellectual and ethical leaders. The AAS in Early Childhood Studies also includes the requirements for earning a Certificate of Proficiency (CP). The CP in Early Childhood Studies is a set of 19 credits and includes courses in child development, learning environments and curriculum, early childhood assessment, developmentally effective instruction, and more. All NPC Early Childhood programs (CP, AAS, AAEC) align with both state and national standards for professional preparation in early childhood education.
- For more information about this program, please contact an NPC Academic Adviser. Also see the current NPC College Catalog and class schedule.
Labs and Classrooms
Most Early Childhood classes require a practicum component in settings with children birth to 5 or Kindergarten-3rd grade. Practicum allows students to practice what they are learning in classes in hands-on environments under the guidance of a practicum supervisor.
A fingerprint clearance card is required by most practicum settings. While not required, current CPR/first aid training is strongly recommended.
This program prepares graduates to work in a variety of settings such as public schools/preschools, childcare centers, Head Start programs, early intervention, behavioral health, healthcare settings, faith-based settings, libraries, social service settings, classrooms and recreational settings.
Potential Job Titles
Early Childhood Educator, Preschool Teacher, Family Care Provider, Childcare Director, Early Interventionist, Quality Coach, Childcare Consultant, Caregiver
Although this program is NOT an AGEC transferable degree, the ECD AAS degree is designed to smoothly transition students to the Bachelor’s of Applied Science programs at Arizona’s three state universities. The Early Childhood Department Chair (see contact information above) can assist you in determining your pathway options. Students should also work with an academic adviser at the college or university you plan to attend after NPC to ensure the courses you complete at NPC will apply to your future program of study.