Early Childhood Education

Overview

Early Childhood Education prepares individuals for rewarding careers as skilled early childhood professionals. The Associate in Applied Science Degree offers the theoretical foundation and practical learning experiences for success in a wide variety of occupations working with young children from birth through age eight, including those children with special developmental and learning needs. Students may choose to use this degree as a pathway to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in a PreK-3 teaching certification program.

The Early Childhood Certificate program prepares individuals for entry-level positions at institutions and agencies serving young children and for in-service personnel who want to upgrade their skills.

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Key Learning Objectives

Graduates with the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education will:

  • Apply current principles of child development and positive guidance to plan and implement developmentally appropriate experiences and environments for young children.
  • Develop strategies to form respectful and supportive relationships that integrate principles of diversity when interacting and planning experiences for young children and their families.
  • Use observation, documentation and developmentally appropriate assessment tools to track progress, plan curriculum and develop strategies for communicating with families and other professionals.
  • Apply strategies, resources and a variety of instructional methods to plan, implement and evaluate meaningful and challenging curriculum that promotes positive learning outcomes for all young children.
  • Reflect on practices and engage in professional behaviors for continuous professional growth.

Prerequisites

High school level algebra I required.

Curriculum