Early Childhood Education: Associate in Applied Science Degree
The Early Childhood Associate curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from infancy through middle childhood in diverse learning environments. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers.
Course work includes child growth and development, physical/nutritional needs of children, care and guidance of children, and communication skills with parents and children. Students will foster the cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional and creative development of young children.
Graduates are prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in early childhood settings. Employment opportunities include child development and childcare programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Head Start Programs, and school-age programs.
Task Stream: Students who graduate from the program must complete an electronic portfolio in Task Stream to show competence in the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAYEC) Standards. Student will receive additional information about Task Stream when they enroll in the degree program.
This curriculum complies with the standard approved by the State Board of Community Colleges. View the list of practicum requirements for the Early Childhood and School-Age programs.
Students may be required to take one or more developmental courses as a result of pre-enrollment placement tests; therefore, the student may need more than the minimum number of semester hours listed for graduation.
Students must meet all prerequisites for courses in the program or elective courses they choose to take.
If a student plans to transfer to a four-year institution, students must earn acceptable scores on PRAXIS I before enrolling in a bachelor’s degree program. Students should work closely with their advisor to make appropriate course choices.
Pick 2 Major Course Electives from the list below.
Math Requirement: 3-4 Credit Hours
Natural Science Requirement
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
Several articulation agreements are in place with four-year universities. Students who wish to transfer should work closely with their advisor to choose the appropriate major course, humanities, social/behavior science and math/natural science electives.
Total Semester Credit Hours in Program: 66-67