Education (EDU) and
Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Yavapai College has a quality Teacher Preparation Program that adapts to the dynamic needs of students, children, their families and the community.

Our YC Teacher Education/Early Childhood Education Program serves:

  • Students interested in pursuing careers in teaching in public and private infant-grade 12 schools and Child Care Centers.
  • Students who transfer to four year programs in Early Childhood/Elementary Education, Secondary Education.
  • Currently serving teachers seeking to improve their teaching skills through additional coursework and/or professional development activities.

 

Learn more about transfer Options to an AZ University

AZ Transfer
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Education and Early Childhood Education students have the opportunity to be involved with the Del E. Webb Family Enrichment Center (FEC) in a variety of ways. Students may observe and participate at the FEC through coursework, become a student worker, and/or complete practicum/student teaching hours, all under the guidance and mentorship of master teachers.


Degrees & Certificates Offered

 Associate of Arts in Elementary Education

Associates of Arts:

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The Associate of Arts in Elementary Education degree requires completion of 64 credit hours. This degree is designed for students interested in elementary education who are preparing to transfer to one of the Arizona public universities to complete a baccalaureate program and qualify for an Arizona teaching certificate.

Thirty-five hours of coursework are concentrated in general education. At Yavapai College the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC-A) is embedded in the Associate of Arts in Elementary Education degree. Arizona General Education (AGEC) special requirements incorporate additional university requirements in Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry (IWR), Ethnic/Race/Gender (ERG) Awareness, and Global/International and Historical (GIH) Awareness areas. Upon completion of all 35 credit hours (including the special requirements) of the AGEC with a grade of “C” or higher, the student will receive recognition of completion on their Yavapai College transcript.

The core curriculum consists of three parts: (A) Foundation Studies include critical literacy, precise writing, qualitative thinking, and the process of analysis and synthesis that underlie logical reasoning; (B) Core Studies focus on the conceptual frameworks through which a thinker, a culture, or an academic discipline may approach an issue; (C) Area Studies link foundation skills in thinking and communicating and the core emphasis on conceptual frameworks to the content orientation of academic disciplines. Upon completion of all 35 credit hours (including the Special Requirements) of the AGEC with a grade of “C” or higher, the student will receive recognition of completion on the transcript and guaranteed transferability of the AGEC upon admission to one of the state universities in Arizona.

Three credit hours of communications coursework are required for this degree. Twenty-six credit hours of coursework in this degree are in major and elective studies and content related requirements. This aspect of the degree affords the student an opportunity to begin work on a major area of study.

Students preparing to transfer to an upper-division baccalaureate degree program should contact an advisor in the major field of study at the transfer institution in addition to meeting regularly with a faculty advisor at Yavapai College. Regular advisement is important to build an educational plan and ensure transferability of general education, elective, and major courses. Students intending to transfer to one of the Arizona public universities can obtain specific information on transferability of courses from the Course Equivalency Guide and curriculum transfer guides available from academic advisors. Transfer guides are also available from each university's web site.

 AAS in Early Childhood Education

Associate of Applied Science Degrees:

AAS in Early Childhood Education

The Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education is designed to provide students with the skills necessary for an immediate early care or education teaching position.

Note: A current Arizona fingerprint clearance card is required for students working in the Del E. Webb Family Enrichment Center. A current card in Pediatric First Aid and Safety will be required for graduation.

 Early Childhood Education Advanced Certificate

Certificate:

Early Childhood Education Advanced Certificate

The Early Childhood Education - Advanced certificate is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of Early Childhood Education.

This certificate fulfills the requirements of the Arizona Department of Education’s Early Childhood Endorsement course work for current or Post Baccalaureate elementary education students and also fulfills the ECE course work necessary to qualify as an early childhood teaching assistant and/or teacher in many early care and education professional settings. All credits earned apply to the Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education.

Note: A current Arizona fingerprint clearance card is required for students working in the Del E. Webb Family Enrichment Center. A current card in Pediatric First Aid and Safety will be required for graduation.

 Early Childhood Education Basic Certificate

Certificate:

Early Childhood Education Basic Certificate

The Early Childhood Education - Basic certificate is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in center-based, home care provider settings, as well as other early care and education programs. It fulfills 12 credits toward the ECE- Advanced Certificate.

Note: A current Arizona fingerprint clearance card is required for students working in the Del E. Webb Family Enrichment Center. A current card in Pediatric First Aid and Safety will be required for graduation.

This certificate program is not Financial Aid eligible.

More Information

 Full-Time Faculty Directory
Name and Title Email & Telephone
Jill FitzgeraldJill Fitzgerald,Division Dean Prescott: 776-2277;
jill.fitzgerald@yc.edu
Larry GrimmLarry Grimm, Early Childhood Education Prescott: 776-2155;
larry.grimm@yc.edu
Vickey LaMotte Vickey LaMotte; FEC Director & Early Childhood Education vickey.lamotte@yc.edu
Leanne LawheadLe Anne Lawhead, Early Childhood Education Prescott: 776-2306;
leanne.lawhead@yc.edu
Tara O'NeillTara O'Neill, Education Prescott: 717-7621;
Tara.oneill@yc.edu
 Adjunct Faculty Directory
Name and Title Email & Telephone
Ruth ElsesserRuth Elsesser; Education RELSESSE@instructor.yc.edu
Amy Hendershot Amy Hendershot; Early Childhood Education AHENDE03@instructor.yc.edu
Wendy Watson; Early Childhood Education WWATSON@instructor.yc.edu
 NAEYC Future Teachers Club

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children. Learn more.....

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Yavapai College has an active student group known as:

NAEYC/Future Teachers Club:

Based on the affiliation of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), this student group welcomes future teachers (any ECE or EDU student) as well as those that are already working in the field of education. Professional Development and service opportunities span the support of children of all ages, however, many of our annual activities focus on children birth- grade 3.

Students and interested community members can participate as an ‘unofficial member’ or choose to join NAEYC as an official member: Why join?

NAEYC makes a difference in the lives of children and families. Founded in 1926, NAEYC has led the way toward excellence in high-quality early care and education. With nearly 80,000 members from more than 300 Affiliates and more than 120 countries, including teachers, administrators, parents, educators, and policy members, we are committed to bringing high-quality early care and education to all young children. Become a member of NAEYC to support high-quality early care and education programs that lay the foundation for school readiness, academic success, and adult achievement.

A few of the activities that participants can look forward to….

  • The Annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash
  • Scholastic Warehouse Sale
  • Summer School Supply Drive
  • Bake Sales
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Conference participation (at little or no cost)

Contact either: tara.oneill@yc.edu or leanne.lawhead@yc.edu for more information.

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 Grants

Raising A Reader Program

Yavapai College (YC) has been funded to implement the Raising A Reader program in the Yavapai Region. The program is an evidence-based parent education program that is consistent with First Things First Standards of Practice. Through the program, families are supported in their efforts to provide daily exposure to verbal and written language, providing children with opportunities to begin acquiring a basic understanding of the concepts of literacy and its functions.


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DES - Child Care Professional Training (CCPT)

Child Care Professional Training (CCPT) is designed to provide comprehensive employment preparation for clients of the ADES/Jobs Program and other individuals, with a minimum or no experience in the field of child care and who have an interest in the entry level positions of Assistant Teacher-Caregiver, and/or Family Child Care Provider. The training is delivered throughout the State of Arizona, and it is available in both English and Spanish. The curriculum contains ten (10) modules that provide a total of sixty (60) hours of core training. At the end of successful completion, all participants receive a certificate and/or three (3) college credit hours.

Contact information for the CCPT DES Grant: Cindy Cain 866.219.1021 or ccpt@yc.edu

 

 Scholarships

The Professional Career Pathway Project (PCPP)

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Sponsored by the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES), Child Care Administration(CCA).

The PCPP is:

  • Offered at community colleges throughout Arizona – including Yavapai College!
  • For Early Childhood Education classes only
  • For individuals employed as child caregivers in center-based programs, family child care providers, family group homes, volunteers can be considered as well!

To be Eligible:

  • Must work in a child care center or be a family child care provider or be a family group home provider/employee (can be part-time! As few as 5 hours per week can qualify you for this scholarship)
  • Must identify a Pathway (Goal) and pursue the Early Care and Education (ECE) coursework to accomplish your Pathway
  • Must complete all courses paid for by the PCPP with a grade of “C” or better to be eligible for continued funds

The PCPP Offers:

  • Tuition for 1 to 6 credits per semester (Total 12 credits per school year)
  • Textbook stipend for $10 per credit each semester at college bookstore
  • For DES certified Family Child Care providers:

How to use the Professional Career Pathway Project (PCPP) Grant:

Make sure you are eligible to use the grant! If you are receiving another grant or scholarship to attend college or have access to professional development funds at your program, you may not be eligible to use the PCPP Grant.

Seek advisement! Contact: Le Anne Lawhead, Yavapai College early childhood faculty about advising and courses!

This grant will pay your tuition and registration fees for specific courses in Early Childhood Education.

The selected courses can help you achieve specific career goals including:

  • Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, Certificate of Completion
  • Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education,
  • Or other employment goals
    Scholarship applications are accepted 2 times a year.
    Deadline for spring courses: November 1st
    Deadline for summer and fall courses: May 1st

(Applications must be completed and returned to Le Anne Lawhead for approval- applications are then sent on to Central Arizona College (CAC)for funding approval. (CAC is funding manager for the Pathways (PPCP))

Contact LeAnne at: 928-776-2306 or leanne.lawhead@yc.edu

FORMS
Professional Career Pathway Project Demographic Information Sheet
Professional Career Pathway Project Tuition Application & Course Pathway

Education Scholarhsip Endowment of Yavapai County
T.E.A.C.H.

In Arizona, the Association for Supportive Child Care (ASCC) is the administrative home and licensee for the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® ARIZONA Program. Scholarships are offered in 9-15 college credit formats and applications are accepted year round. (link for more information is below)

Scholarship Eligibility

Child care center teachers, directors, and family child care providers may be eligible for a scholarship if they:

  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Are employed in the state of Arizona
  • Work in a licensed, certified, or tribally regulated center, family child care home or group home
  • Work a minimum of 30 hours each week directly with young children ages birth-5, or work as a director of a center that serves children ages birth- 5 (Associates Degree Scholarship); work a minimum of 20 hours a week directly with young children ages birth - 5 (CDA Assessment Scholarship)
  • Have the sponsorship of the child care center or family child care home which employs them
  • Earn $20.00 or less per hour

For more information on the TEACH scholarship: http://www.asccaz.org/teachaz.html.