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Changes in EAC’s early childhood education program to benefit students

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—New classes will assist students seeking a bachelor’s degree - There have been some big changes in the Early Childhood Education Department at Eastern Arizona College that include new classes in early childhood and special education, two new online courses, and a new AAS-BAS (associate of applied science to bachelor of applied science) track degree.

The two newest class offerings include ECE220, Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education, (section # 0713) and ECE150, Practicum: Direct Field Experience Birth to Preschool, (section # 0714).

In both of these classes, students will have an opportunity to observe children in particular classroom settings, and in many instances work directly with children. Registration is going on now and the classes will begin on January 12.

Students furthering their education with the new AAS-BAS Degree can transfer to a university and with sixty additional credits receive a BAS in Early Childhood Education. Teacher Certification is another avenue students may wish to pursue. Students who complete the AAS-BAS Degree, transfer to the university, and complete student teaching during their final semester may apply for teacher certification. With teacher certification students can teach children from birth through age 8 in a public school setting.

Another change is the opportunity to complete two of the program’s required courses online: ECE105, Health, Safety and Nutrition and ECE281, Children’s Literature. These are the first two courses JoAnn Morales, EAC Social Sciences Division Chair, has developed for the College in hopes of providing service to more students in outlying areas.

“If students are interested in applying for the National Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate through a national agency, the coursework offered here at EAC prepares them for the credential,” says Morales.

To register, contact EAC Records and Registration Office at (928) 428-8270 or register online at For more information about any of EAC’s education course offerings, please contact Morales at (928) 428-8919.