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Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education Program at Paradise Valley Community College
“Quality Education That Counts”

Match your educational goal to PVCC’s Early Childhood Education classes!
Your Educational Goal PVCC’s Early Childhood Education Program
ADHS Licensing Requirement
Each credit at PVCC is worth 16 clock hours of training! You can meet your annual training requirement for licensing by completing a one-credit class.
Arizona’s Early Childhood Professional Development Career Registry
Early Childhood Education (ECH) and Child and Family Studies (CFS) classes are recognized for advancement in S*CCEEDS.  Take a class and submit a copy of your transcript for credit in this system.
Educational Requirements
Courses at PVCC can be used to meet various accreditation criteria for administrators, teachers, and teacher assistants.
Enhanced skills and employment performance
PVCC’s Early Childhood Education classes are taught by experienced instructors with advanced degrees and training.  Classes are designed to provide you with skills, knowledge, and techniques that you can use immediately in your work with children and families.
Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
PVCC specializes in providing coursework and mentoring for the CDA credential.
Certificate of Completion
PVCC offers a 36 credit Certificate of Completion in Early Childhood Education. This is an excellent way to prove you have completed specialized coursework in Early Childhood Education.
Associate of Applied Science (AAS degree)
Add 3 more Early Childhood (ECH), Child and Family Studies (CFS), or Education (EDU) credits to our Certificate of Completion in Early Childhood and 25 credits of specific general education studies and you can obtain an Associate’s of Applied Science degree.
Arizona Department of Education (ADE) Early Childhood Certificate and Endorsement

PVCC’s Early Childhood and Child and Family Studies classes can be used to meet the requirements of the state’s new Early Childhood (birth – 3rd grade) Certificate Option B or endorsement.
Transfer to University
Many of PVCC’s classes can be used in a transfer program to several of our local universities. Check with an advisor for specific information.
Contact Christie Colunga by e-mail at or by phone at 602-787-7731 for additional information.