Early Childhood Education

Program Overview

Early childhood is that unique and dynamic period from birth through age eight. Research shows that the quality of a child’s experiences in their first five years helps shape brain development. Early childhood education plays an essential role in supporting the healthy growth and development of children. If you’re interested in the well-being of young children, their families, and the community, the Early Childhood Education program might be for you. 

The Early Childhood Education program involves studying the complexities of social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development. Our experienced faculty will teach you how to design, implement, and promote the best and most desirable experiences for children in early childhood centers and programs. You will also learn how to develop reciprocal relationships with families and research and advocate for access and equity. We will provide opportunities for you to learn skills, foster dispositions, and establish professional networks to launch or enhance your career.

Enroll in the Early Childhood Education program today and make it happen.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Why GateWay Community College?

As a GateWay Community College student in this field, you are able to start your bachelor's degree at a significant savings. Through partnerships with our state universities, you are able to transfer many of your credits earned at GateWay. 

Review the course requirements for complete details, and work with an advisor regarding pathways to transfer credits to one of the state universities. 

Program Location

Washington Campus 

Program Cost Estimate*

Associate in Arts: $5,774

*Please note that these are only estimates and do not include books. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, course fees and book costs. Estimates are based on tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.

Accreditation

Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization. GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Why should you choose an accredited school?

Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.