Early Childhood Education

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Early Childhood Education program prepares students to work as early childhood educators. It combines hands-on fieldwork with related academic work. Graduates become responsible for the care and education of children in the birth-to-eight-years age range. They create and maintain safe and healthy play environments, guide behavior, plan and implement learning experiences, and work cooperatively with staff and families.

Early Childhood Education is a career option that has increased in demand. This expanding field is seeking potential students with keen observation skills, a talent for human insight, clear communication skills, and respect for children and families. Early Childhood Associate Degree graduates will meet the state educational requirements to be a Child Care Teacher in a licensed group early childhood center for children ages 2 weeks to 10 years old.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply child development theory to practice.
  • Culitvate relationships with children, family, and the community.
  • Assess child growth and development.
  • Use effective, research-based practices in teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate professionalism.
  • Integrate health, safety, and nutrition practices.

Graduates Have Found Employment As

  • Nannies
  • Infant Toddler Caregiver
  • Before & After School Child Care Centers
  • Early Childhood Special Needs Assistants
  • Early Childhood Centers Administration positions
  • Child Care Teacher
  • Child Care Assistant Teacher

View the entire course listing.

General Education Courses Within Program

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
307-148 ECE: Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
307-167 ECE: Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3
307-151 ECE: Infant & Toddler Development 3
307-160 ECE: Field Experience 1 3
801-136 English Composition 1 3
Semester 2
307-179 ECE: Child Development 3
307-188 ECE: Guiding Children's Behavior 3
307-108 ECE: Early Language & Literacy 3
307-110 ECE: Social Studies, Art & Music 3
307-170 ECE: Field Experience 2 3
Semester 3
307-187 ECE: Children with Differing Abilities 3
801-198 Speech 3
307-190 ECE: Field Experience 3 3
307-112 ECE: STEM 3
Mathematical Reasoning
or Intermediate Algebra with Applications
Semester 4
307-195 ECE: Family and Community Relationships 3
307-210 ECE: Field Experience 4 3
809-196 Introduction to Sociology 3
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
999-999 Elective 3
 Total Credits60-61
801-136English Composition 13
804-134Mathematical Reasoning3-4
or 804-118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications
809-196Introduction to Sociology3
809-198Introduction to Psychology3