TOCC’s Associate of Applied Science ECE degree is designed for students who wish to go directly into the childhood education field, or work in the field while attending college.

Total Program Credit Hours: 62

32 General Education Hours

General education classes include English, math, art, science, and classes related to the Tohono O'odham Himdag.

18 Core Requirement Hours

These are classes related directly to your major, and include information on child development and working in the classroom.

12 Elective Credit Hours

Elective classes are courses of your choice, related or not to your major. This program requires 12 credit hours of electives.

"If you enjoy working with young children (0 - 8 years) and would like to work in a learning environment such as Head Start or day care centers, the Early Childhood Education program could be a match for you."

AASECE Program Requirements

General Education

Tohono O’odham Himdag

HIS 122 Tohono O’odham History and Culture (3)

THO 101 Elementary Tohono O’odham (4)

English Composition

WRT 101 Writing I (3)

WRT 102 Writing II (3)


MAT 122 Topics in College Math or higher (3)

Humanities and Fine Arts

Any ART course (3)

THO 101 meets this requirement

Any LIT or PHI course (3)

Social and Behavioral Science

HIS 122 meets this requirement

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

SWU 171 Introduction to Social Work

One Lab-loaded Science Course "N" Designated

BIO 100N Biology Concepts (4)

Core Requirements

Core requirements Requires a C or better in each course

ECE 110 Language and Communication/Early Literacy (3)

ECE 117 Child Growth and Development (3)

ECE 125 Nutrition, Health, and Safety for the Young Child (3)

ECE 226 Child Guidance and Classroom Management (3)

ECE 228 Family, Culture, and Community (3)

CIS 100 Introduction to Computers (3)


Sufficient to reach 60 credits total for the AAS ECE

Any electives to reach 60 credits: 4 courses x 3 credits. Any two electives

Students transferring in to the college may have courses that count towards their major. TOCC can provide a transcript review as part of the application process.

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