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Applied Science: Early Childhood Education

UA South's small campus atmosphere offers students the advantage of individualized instruction and support while also providing access to the resources of one of the top-ranked research universities in the nation.

The Bachelor of Applied Science with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education (ECE ) is for students seeking to enrich the lives of children from birth through age eight.

The ECE program is designed to be a continuation of the A.A. and A.A.S. in Early Childhood degrees (or equivalent) offered at accredited community colleges. Coursework is offered in a variety of formats, including traditional classroom settings, Interactive TV, hybrid, and online to allow maximum flexibility and accessibility that works for each student’s unique needs.

This program is not intended for those looking for a teaching certification. If you wish to receive a teacher certification please explore the Elementary Education program.

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Applied Science: Early Childhood Education is offered in the following locations: Sierra Vista, Pima County, Douglas, Santa Cruz County, Yuma County, Online

The Early Childhood Education program is designed for students transferring approximately 60 units from a regionally accredited institution. The program requires additional materials during the application process. The minimum entrance requirements include:

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • AAS degree in Early Childhood Education or related field from a regionally accredited institution (recommended)
  • Resume
  • Goal Statement
  • AZ Fingerprint Clearance Card (IVP)

Please contact us if you have any questions about the transferability of your credits, you admissibility to the program, or the application process. For full application instructions, please visit

UA South maintains a variety of tools to help you plan your education. We include them here for your reference. To make a personalized plan for your UA South education, contact us!

In addition to Foundations, General Education, and your Major coursework, Bachelor of Applied Science programs share a common core of six courses designed to meet employer needs and strengthen your academic skills culminating in a capstone experience in your major field.

UA Degree Search provides an overview of the major, Early Childhood Education four year plans, transfer pathways, and career opportunities.

Transfer Pathway Agreements guide students who are earning specific community college degrees and allow students to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree at any Arizona community college to transfer seamlessly into the Bachelor of Applied Science degree at The University of Arizona South. Specifically, UA South has partnership agreements with Arizona Western College, Central Arizona College, Cochise College, Maricopa Community College District, and Pima Community College. Find the right AZ degree pathway for you through AZTransfer. Students can also transfer from other institutions and should contact an academic advisor to find out how!

All prospective students are encouraged to speak with an academic advisor for an unofficial evaluation of their transfer credit, including military credits, to ensure the timely and cost efficient progress towards their Bachelor’s degree.

Academic Advisement Reports are the official degree audits for UA students once they have been admitted into their chosen major. The Early Childhood Education report contains lists of applicable classes to be used to satisfy graduation requirements. Current UA students can access their personalized Advisement Report in UAccess Student Center under the Academics menu.

Courses are based in theory with a strong focus on professional application. Courses in the major include:

  • TEDV 473C: Teaching Early Childhood Creative Arts and Physical Education

Developmentally appropriate methods and techniques for teaching creative arts and physical education to young children from toddler through grade 3. Students will design, implement, and evaluate creative arts and physical education lessons appropriate for use in the early childhood setting.

  • TEDV 482 – Early Childhood Language and Literacy

Analysis of young children’s initial language development, early literacy development, and use of oral and written language as applied to teaching and learning. Students will develop a conceptual framework to foster optimum language and literacy development environments and developmentally appropriate strategies for children birth to grade 3.

  • TEDV 474: Teaching Exceptional Children in Early Childhood

This course focuses on the developmental characteristics and quality practices for typical and atypical behaviors of young children.

Please contact an Academic Advisor if you are interested in this program.
Assistant Professor, Teacher Education | Program Director, Elementary Education & Early Childhood Education
Adjunct Instructor
Faculty, Adjunct
Minor Offered: Thematic
Program Type: Bachelor of Applied Science
Program Career Level: Undergraduate Degree
Locations Offered: Sierra Vista, Pima County, Douglas, Santa Cruz County, Yuma County, Online

Laurie Seder, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Teacher Education | Program Director, Elementary Education & Early Childhood Education
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