Early Childhood Education

First-year ECE I students focus on early childhood philosophy, childhood development, career opportunities and current issues in safety, health, nutrition, and curriculum development.  They gain hands-on experience in lab settings including our on-site lab school and many off-site programs.  

Second-year ECE II students participate in a lab setting and focus on child guidance techniques, family dynamics, observation/assessment, advanced curriculum development and classroom management. EVIT has partnered with Mesa Community College to offer students the college's Certificate of Completion in Foundations of Early Childhood Education. The 19-credit certificate is taught by EVIT instructor Paula Corbin and offered through dual enrollment and concurrent enrollment at MCC. Students who complete the two-year program at EVIT will graduate from their high school with a diploma and receive an EVIT completion certificate and an MCC certificate. In addition, through the Professional Career Pathways Scholarship Program, funding pays for the students' college tuition, fees and textbooks. The MCC certificate also can be used toward fulfilling requirements in MCC's Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education. For more information about the MCC certificate, please contact Paula Corbin at [email protected]

This performance-based program allows for advancement that meets individual academic needs.  Seniors may also take the Praxis Paraprofessional Exam.

Note: This is a dual enrollment course. For more information, visit the Dual Enrollment page.

Get started! Enroll in the Early Childhood Education program.

For announcements and updates about the Early Childhood Education program, text EVIT to 855-998-3848.

Course Code CC10, CC20, CC25

Prerequisites  At least 6 high school credits, including Pre-Algebra, 'C' or better and English, 'B' or better
On track to graduate or a plan for graduation
2.0 GPA or equivalent standardized test scores
Negative Tuberculosis test (all students tested in August)
No criminal record (Arizona state law requires students to sign a criminal history verification form) 

Length 2-4 semesters

Campus Locations EVIT Main Campus

Certification Mesa Community College Certificate of Completion in Foundations of Early Childhood Education. Seniors may also take the Praxis Paraprofessional Exam.

Possible Careers Preschool or Child Care Assistant Teacher, Recreation/Activities/Party Coordinator, Nanny, Family Care Provider, Elementary Education Aide, Certified Elementary Education Teacher (Early Childhood Endorsement)

Average Entry Level Salary Starting at $12 per hour