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Early Childhood

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Early Learning and Development program is designed to prepare individuals to enter the workforce as Early Childhood Professionals and to assist individuals employed in the field to upgrade and expand their skills. The program emphasizes the roles of early care and education professionals, families and the wider society as they together meet the contemporary needs of young children. Course work includes the principles of developmental science, professionalism in early childhood work, philosophies and methods of early learning, and the impact of standards on practice. To apply planning, management and evaluation skills, students will observe, participate, and intern in state licensed early childhood programs.
Program Details.

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Child & Family Professional DevelopmentYesYes  Click here
Child DevelopmentYes
Early Learning & DevelopmentYes


Ms. Terri McClelland
Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator and Teacher Education Advisor

Appointments:  480.732.7047
Location: Pecos Campus
                Coyote Center - First Floor
Email:      teresa.mcclelland@cgc.edu
Your advisor can help with:

  • course selections
  • semester schedule planning
  • graduation petition
  • transfer information
  • university requirements
  • enrollment

For continued success:

  • see your advisor once per semester
  • keep current with university requirements


Jennifer Peterson
Early Childhood Coordinator

Email:  jennifer.peterson@cgc.edu

Phone: 480.857.5535


Financial Aid
  • Visit the CGCC Career Services site to see information on employment opportunities in the field of Early Childhood.
Resource Links
  • Teacher Education And Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Early Childhood® is a comprehensive scholarship program that links training, compensation, and commitment to improving the quality of early childhood care and education experiences for young children and their families.
  • First Things First is one of the critical partners in creating a family-centered, comprehensive, collaborative and high-quality early childhood system that supports the development, health and early education of all Arizona's children birth through age five.
  • In keeping with its goal to meet the growing need for qualified early child care and education staff, the Council administers the Child Development Associate® (CDA) National Credentialing Program. The CDA Program is designed to assess and credential early childhood education professionals.
  • The PCPP is Offered at community colleges throughout Arizona for Early Childhood Education classes only. The PCPP is for individuals employed as child caregivers in center-based programs, family child care providers or family group homes.


Early Childhood

​Program Mission

CGCC's Early Childhood and Teacher Education Program's mission is to respond positively to changing needs of the early childhood and education professions and of the community at large, to instill academic competency and professionalism, and to prepare "highly qualified"* transfer students, future teachers, and education and child care professionals.  The program promotes innovation in teaching and learning, invites collaboration and partnerships, advocates professional awareness and development, includes engagement within the profession (field experience and practicums), and reaches for high standards in curriculum and student achievement.

*"Highly qualified" as referred to in No Child Left Behind and Arizona's Professional Teaching Standards.