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 Early Childhood and Teacher Education Program

  • Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood
  • Service Learning
  • Advisement
  • Resources
  • Faculty

Teacher Education


Students who want to make a difference by nurturing or teaching children and young adults will find excellent opportunities in Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s Teacher Education Program.

Small classes are taught by expert faculty to ensure that students receive quality instruction on the latest, cutting-edge teaching methodologies and childcare techniques.

Many of our faculty are specialists in their fields with a variety of PreK-12 teaching experiences.

Through active, engaged and integrative learning, students gain foundational knowledge, which is applied in local childcare and PreK-12 classrooms each semester. Students network and collaborate with professionals in the field to gain essential hands-on experiences through service learning in a wide variety of environments. Graduates of our program acquire real knowledge and experience in the classroom, effectively preparing them for the workforce and future careers.

​Teacher Education Degrees


CGCC's Teacher Education Program offers many choices for students pursuing a career in K-12 teaching.  Transfer pathways are available for elementary (Grades 1-8) and secondary education (Grades 7-12), as well as special education (Grades K-12).

The program emphasizes the roles of students as future teachers and education professionals, and rigorous coursework worthy of Arizona's school children.  Course work includes foundation courses and requirements for transfer and Arizona teacher certification. 

Students learn the principles of teaching and learning and the spectrum of diversity in U.S. schools, and specialized curriculum and instruction topics such as children's literature, math, exceptionality and teaching English language learners.

Application of course concepts occurs in a series of field experiences in which students are placed in local K-12 classrooms. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
  • Elementary Education (Grades 1-8)
  • Elementary Education-Bilingual Education/English as a Second Language (Grades 1-8)
  • Special Education (Grades K-12)
  • Secondary Education (Grades 7-12)
  • Physical Education (Grades K-12)

Early Childhood


Students who want to make a difference by nurturing or teaching children and young adults will find excellent opportunities in Chandler-Gilbert Community College's Early Childhood Program. Small classes are taught by expert faculty to ensure that students receive quality instruction on the latest, cutting edge teaching methodologies and childcare techniques. Many of our faculty are specialists in their fields with a variety of PreK-12 teaching experience.

Through active, engaged and integrative learning, students gain foundational knowledge, which is applied in local childcare and PreK-12 classrooms each semester. Students network and collaborate with professionals in the field to gain essential hands-on experiences through service-learning in a wide variety of environments. Graduates of our program acquire real knowledge and experience in the classroom, effectively preparing them for the workforce and future careers.

Early Childhood Degrees


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


See program requirement details for AAS.

See program requirement details for AC.

 

 
 
 
 
 

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

Program
Name
Degree
Offered?
Certificate
Offered?
MAPPCourse
Sequence
Child & Family Professional DevelopmentYesYes  Click here
Child DevelopmentYes
Early Learning & DevelopmentYes

What is Service-Learning?


Service-learning combines academic instruction with meaningful service in the larger community. Service-learning enhances what is taught by extending students learning beyond the classroom and providing opportunities for students to use newly acquired skills and knowledge in real life situations in their communities, locally, nationally, and globally.

Students in Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s Early Childhood and Teacher Education Program (ECTEP) have the opportunity to serve in local schools and early care centers as a part of our curriculum. The ECTEP Service-Learning Coordinator, Carrie Braaten, will place you in a classroom for your service-learning experience.

 

Current Classes that Require a Service-Learning Placement:


EDU221: Introduction to Education - 30 hours in a PreK - 12th grade classroom

 

 

EDU222: Introduction to Exceptional Learners - 20 hours in a PreK-12th grade classroom with a special educator

 

 

EDU220: Introduction to Serving English Language Learners - 20 hours in a PreK-12th grade classroom

 

 

EDU291: Children’s Literature - 20 hours in a PreK-12th grade classroom

 

 

EED205: The Developing Child Prenatal-Age Eight - 20 hours PreK-3rd grade

 

 

EED215: Early Learning: Health Safety Nutrition & Fitness - 10 hours PreK-3rd grade

 

 
 
 
 
 
**Please note, these are the classes that incorporate service-learning requiring an individual placement. Other courses in the ECTEP may also integrate service-learning projects or experiential class activities.
 
**If you are taking more than one course requiring an individual service-learning placement, a total of 30 hours will be required. Work with your professors and service-learning coordinator to ensure your placement meets the requirements of multiple courses.

New Students


Welcome! If you are taking a course requiring a service-learning placement, there are a few things you can do to prepare.
  1. Obtain your IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card - See the list of AGENCIES for IVP fingerprinting locations and cost. If you already have a card, check to see that it says Level One at the top and has an IVP ##### at the bottom of the card.

  2. Plan to attend a service-learning orientation. Attendance at one of the sessions is REQUIRED as you will be provided with all the info needed for a successful service-experience.
 
Wednesday, August 30th - 2:00-3:30 or 6:00-7:30
Thursday, August 31 - 3:30-5:00

Returning Students


Welcome back!  The service-learning application/survey, school/district procedures, and placement assignments will be available on Canvas the first day of classes.

Early Childhood and Teacher Education Service-Learning Placement Coordinator:
Carrie Braaten (available August-May)
Phone: 480-732-7039
Office: CGCC SC #108
 
Teacher Education Program Coordinator
Jennifer Peterson (email checked periodically May-July)
 

Advisement


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

Location: Pecos Campus

                Coyote Center - First Floor

For Appointment 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
 
 
 
 
 

​Resources 

  • 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.
 
 
 
 
 

​Faculty & Staff




Joni Burris
Program Coordinator
Early Childhood Education
EST 225
joni.burris@cgc.edu
480.857.5526
I am a Residential Faculty member and the Early Childhood Program Coordinator. My background includes teaching infants/toddlers, preschoolers, elementary, high school, and college/university (including graduate) students. Originally from the Midwest, I am a graduate of the University of North Dakota, holding undergraduate degrees in Elementary/Early Childhood Education and Bilingual Education, a Master’s degree in Special Education, and a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning—Teacher Education. As a college professor, I have the tremendous privilege and responsibility of instilling a love for teaching and learning in my future teacher candidates. I, myself, am a lifelong learner and am fortunate that my chosen profession allows me the opportunity for professional and personal growth.

Hobbies: Reading, music, riding motorcycle, spending time on the lake
Favorite singer: Fernando Ortega
Favorite Place to visit: Israel trip in 2016 (Life-changing!)



Christopher  Reider, M.A.Ed.
Education Faculty
Early Childhood

christopher.reider@cgc.edu
480.726.4051 
I am a Residential Education faculty at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. I have been teaching for 17 years, in various subjects and levels of education. Originally from New Jersey, I am a graduate of ASU and hold a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Ottawa University.  An eclectic teaching background has offered me exposure to a wide variety of subject matter and educational practices. I believe that teaching is the best career choice, and I always encourage the most creative, intelligent, and caring individuals to enter this field.

Favorite band: Primus
Hobbies:  Cooking, writing, reading, and playing with my kids
Favorite books:  A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole, and The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, by Philip K. Dick.



Jennifer Peterson
Program Coordinator
Teacher Education

jennifer.peterson@cgc.edu
480.857.5535