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 Early Childhood and Teacher Education Program

Teacher Education Program - Early Childhood

Program Mission

CGCC's Teacher Education Program's mission is to respond positively to changing needs of the education profession and community at large, to instill academic competency and professionalism, and to prepare "highly qualified"* transfer students, future students and educational professionals. The program invites innovation in teaching and learning, collaboration and partnerships, professional awareness, real-life engagement in education and civic responsibility.

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

 

Early Childhood and Teacher Education Program

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.

Click here for a list of degree and certificate program descriptions.

ProgramDegreeCertificateMAPPGainful Employment
Child & Family Professional Development
Child Development
Early Learning & Development
Teacher Education Program - Early Childhood

Contact Information

Terri McClelland​ ​ ​ ​ ​      Jennifer Peterson
Teacher Education Advisor​ ​ ​ ​Early Childhood Coordinator ​
​Email: teresa.mcclelland@cgc.edu ​Email: jennifer.peterson@cgc.edu
Phone: ​480.732.7317 ​Phone: 480.857.5535​
​Office: ​Estrella Hall, 219E
​Hours:

​Wednesday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm




 

​Teacher Education Program - Early Childhood

Resources

Careers
  • CGCC Career Services
    Visit the CGCC Career Services site to see information on employment opportunities in the field of Early Childhood.
Resource Links
  • T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood®
    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
    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.
  • Child Development Associate
    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.
  • Professional Career Pathway Project (PCPP)
    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.