Early Childhood Education

Associate of Arts

76-89 credit hours

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The Associate of Arts Early Care and Education is designed to prepare the student to work with young children in a variety of day care settings and/or to prepare the student to work toward a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.

Upon program completion, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of promoting children’s health and safety through awareness, effective practices, and health education.
  • Use and explain the rationale for developmentally appropriate methods that include play, small group projects, open-ended questioning, group discussion, problem solving, cooperative learning and inquiry experiences to help young children develop intellectual curiosity, solve problems and make decisions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill in developmentally appropriate guidance techniques and strategies for children. This will assist children to develop positive thoughts and feelings about themselves and others through cooperative interaction. Students will be equipped to create, implement, and evaluate an integrated curriculum which focuses on children’s development and interests by using the children’s language, home experiences, and cultural values.
  • Adapt content to meet the specific needs of each child, including the development of Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP) and/or Individualized Education Plans (IEP) for children with special needs through the team process with families and other team members.

To learn more about the program requirements, click on the links below:

Early Childhood Education
ECE Degree Pathway