Early Childhood Education, AAS

The Early Childhood Education program provides students with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to create environments that will maximize the developmental and learning potential of all young children (birth to age 8) using developmentally appropriate practices as a foundation for program planning. Issues of diversity, inclusion, and professionalism are intricately woven throughout the coursework. Students will gain experience and knowledge through hands-on participation in early education settings.

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to

  • Apply child development theory to practice;
  • Observe, record, and assess child growth and development;
  • Implement developmentally appropriate curriculum;
  • Incorporate developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed, resilience-building, guidance strategies;
  • Integrate health, safety, and nutrition practices according to local, state, and national standards;
  • Provide a respectful, diverse, and inclusive program;
  • Use interpersonal skills to develop respectful relationships with children and adults;
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical standards; and
  • Advocate for children, families, and the profession.
First Year
Fall Semester
First Semester Total: 17
Spring Semester
Second Semester Total: 15
Second Year
Fall Semester
First Semester Total: 14
Spring Semester
Second Semester Total: 14
Total Credits: 60

1 Offered spring semester of odd years only.
2 Offered spring semester of even years only.
3If transferring to a Bachelor’s program, a math course numbered higher than “100” is recommended.
“T” indicates courses in which students must earn at least a “B-” in order to satisfy terms of the transfer articulation agreement explained above.
RIndicates a Related Instruction requirement.
*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.

Request Information