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Early Childhood Education – Associate Degree

Credential: A.A.S.
Code: A55220

The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from birth through eight in diverse learning environments. Students can choose from three degree programs; a Career Track Associates Degree (A55220C), a College Transfer Associates Degree with a Teacher Licensure (A55220L), or a College Transfer Associates Degree Non Licensure (A55220NL). All three programs 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 families 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 child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Head Start Programs, and school-age programs.

This program leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree. To be eligible for graduation, the student must have satisfactorily completed the course requirements as outlined below.

To qualify for admission into this program, the applicant must have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

A55220C – EC Career Entry Option – Student A55220L & A55220 NL – EC College Transfer Student


Specific courses within the above categories may be identified by the Vice President for Instruction and Student Services. Expected program and course competencies are maintained by the respective instructors of specific courses.

NOTE: The above curriculum outline is intended as a guide only. The sequence of course offerings is subject to change at the discretion of the administration.