If your goal is to earn a bachelor's degree in the field of Early Childhood Education, then the Associate of Arts in Early Childhood (AAEC) degree from NPC is the smart way to start. You'll complete the same foundational courses you would take in your first two years at a university, but at a tenth of the cost!
NPC's AAEC degree is guaranteed to fully transfer to any of Arizona's three public universities, so you'll enter as a junior. Best of all, that's two years of college with no debt!
The AAEC core requirement of 19 credits includes courses in providing a healthy and safe learning environment, understanding behavior, observation and assessment, child development, algebra-based math and more. This degree will provide you with the fundamental knowledge and competencies that align with both state and national standards to help you move right into your preferred university area of study.
Completion of this two-year associate degree in Early Childhood also provides direct employment possibilities in some preschool environments.
Labs and Classrooms
Most Early Childhood classes are self-paced, with an NPC Early Childhood instructor actually observing your interaction with children in your workplace.
While not required, current CPR/first aid training is strongly recommended. Classes are available through NPC.
Preschool and kindergarten teachers work in public and private schools, childcare centers and charitable organizations.
Employment of preschool, kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow 7 percent through 2024.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the national median salary in May 2019 for preschool teachersSOC 25-2011 as $48,210; $59,420 for kindergarten teachersSOC 25-2010; and $63,930 for elementary school teachersSOC 25-2020.
Potential Job Titles
Preschool teacher, kindergarten teacher, grade school teacher
The NPC Associate of Arts in Early Childhood degree is a transfer degree. The general education component of the AAEC degree fulfills the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC-A). When completed, the 35 credits of the AGEC-A will transfer to the three public Arizona state universities as a block that meets all lower division general education requirements.