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The Early Childhood Care and Education Associate of Arts degree prepares students for transfer to a university program in the care and education of young children. It offers in-depth child development theory, practical applications in the workplace, and comprehensive skills for working with children and their families. To ensure seamless transfer, students must develop their specific program of study in close coordination with a Cochise College advisor.
The Early Childhood Care and Education Associate of Applied Science degree is designed for those seeking to comply with industry regulations in child care and for those wishing to transfer to a university Bachelor of Applied Science degree program. Completion of this degree does not guarantee state licensure or certification. Students must obtain licensure through appropriate licensing agencies.
The Basic Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education is designed for persons already employed in giving care and education to young children. The content parallels the areas of competency required for those preparing for the Child Development Associate (CDA) exam, which sets entry-level standards in the field nationally. Completion of this certificate does not guarantee state licensure or certification. Students must qualify for licensure requirements as stated by individual licensing agencies.