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The vision for the Teacher Preparation Program at Yavapai College is one of a quality program that adapts to the dynamic needs of students, children, their families and the community. Our Teacher Preparation Program is designed to prepare students to teach in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education settings. The Family Enrichment Center on the Prescott campus serves as a lab school for preservice teachers.


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

Associate of Arts with an Emphasis in Early Childhood Education degree

This degree requires completion of 62 credit hours. This degree is designed for students interested in elementary or early childhood education who are preparing to transfer to one of the public universities to complete a baccalaureate program and qualify for an Arizona teaching certificate. This degree fulfills Arizona Department of Education Early Childhood Endorsement requirements and is designed to transfer into certificate-track or non-certificate-track teacher education programs.


Associate of Arts with an Emphasis in Elementary Education degree

The Associate of Arts in Elementary Education degree requires completion of 62 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.


Associate of Arts with an Emphasis in Secondary Education degree

The Associate of Arts with an Emphasis in Secondary Education degree requires completion of 62 credit hours. This degree is designed for students interested in secondary English, math, science or history education who are preparing to transfer to one of the public universities to complete a baccalaureate program and qualify for an Arizona teaching certificate.

Degrees


  • SEMESTERS: 4
  • CREDITS: 60
  • LOCATIONS:
  • Prescott, Online
  • View courses

The Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education prepares the student to enter the early care and education profession as a highly skilled teacher of birth-preschool, serve as a paraprofessional in a public school, or to transfer to a bachelor degree program.

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.

  • SEMESTERS: 4
  • CREDITS: 62
  • LOCATIONS:
  • Prescott, Online
  • View courses

The Associate of Arts with an Emphasis in Early Childhood Education degree requires completion of 62 credit hours. This degree is designed for students interested in elementary or early childhood education who are preparing to transfer to one of the public universities to complete a baccalaureate program and qualify for an Arizona teaching certificate. This degree fulfills Arizona Department of Education Early Childhood Endorsement requirements and is designed to transfer into certificate-track or non-certificate-track teacher education programs.  

 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 and/or academic advisor at Yavapai College. 

Regular advisement is important to build an educational plan and ensure transferability of general education, elective, and major courses 

  • SEMESTERS: 4
  • CREDITS: 62
  • LOCATIONS:
  • Prescott, Online
  • View courses

The Associate of Arts in Elementary Education degree requires completion of 62 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.

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 and/or academic advisor at Yavapai College.

Regular advisement is important to build an educational plan and ensure transferability of general education, elective, and major courses.

  • SEMESTERS: 4
  • CREDITS: 62
  • LOCATIONS:
  • Prescott, Online
  • View courses

The Associate of Arts with an Emphasis in Secondary Education degree requires completion of 62 credit hours. This degree is designed for students interested in secondary English, math, science or history education who are preparing to transfer to one of the public universities to complete a baccalaureate program and qualify for an Arizona teaching certificate.  

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 and/or academic advisor at Yavapai College. 

Regular advisement is important to build an educational plan and ensure transferability of general education, elective, and major courses 

See an advisor for required courses

Certificates


  • SEMESTERS: 2
  • CREDITS: 12-15
  • LOCATIONS:
  • Prescott, Online
  • View courses

The Basic Certificate in Early Childhood Education is a point of entry or a continuation of professional development in the field of Early Care and Education. The Basic ECE certificate includes competencies that will prepare a student to apply for the national CDA credential.

Twelve credits earned apply to the ECE Advanced Certificate.

  • SEMESTERS: 2
  • CREDITS: 30
  • LOCATIONS:
  • Prescott, Online
  • View courses
A student who completes the Advanced Certificate in ECE is prepared to enter the early care and education profession as a highly skilled teacher of birth-preschool. The Advanced ECE certificate can also fulfill the Early Childhood Endorsement requirements from the Arizona Department of Education to assist elementary education teachers to earn their early childhood endorsement. All credits earned apply to the Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education.

Additional Program Information


Start at Yavapai College - Finish at the university of your choice

We are dedicated to helping students get started at Yavapai College and transfer into the university program that will fit their goals. Through our transfer partnerships and tools we can help you prepare for your next steps. 

Click here for transfer resources

Early Childhood Education

Childcare Funding for Parents – childcare tuition reimbursement for students majoring in Early Childhood, Elementary, or Secondary Education 

Arizona Teacher's Academy – university funding for certificate-track teacher education programs 

The Gardner Family Teacher Scholarship | YCESA – for students seeking any teaching degree who intend to live and teach in Yavapai County

Pathways Scholarship Application – for students seeking an ECE certificate

First Things First Scholarship - for student seeing an ECE degree


Elementary Education

Childcare Funding for Parents – childcare tuition reimbursement for students majoring in Early Childhood, Elementary, or Secondary Education 

Arizona Teacher's Academy – university funding for certificate-track teacher education programs 

The Gardner Family Teacher Scholarship | YCESA – for students seeking any teaching degree who intend to live and teach in Yavapai County


Secondary Education

Childcare Funding for Parents – childcare tuition reimbursement for students majoring in Early Childhood, Elementary, or Secondary Education 

Arizona Teacher's Academy – university funding for certificate-track teacher education programs 

The Gardner Family Teacher Scholarship | YCESA – for students seeking any teaching degree who intend to live and teach in Yavapai County


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YC Pipeline Career Exploration

The YC Pipeline career development and job skills platform allows YC students and Yavapai County job seekers to explore in-demand careers that align with their passions, skills, and the region's economic demands. The platform gives students and job seekers advanced insights about the exact skills, education, or certificates they need to reach their career goals. Upon completion of their profile, users will then have access to a variety of career exploration opportunities and information, including job shadowing, service learning, field experience, research, apprenticeship, further education, and other opportunities specific to Yavapai County.

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