Early Childhood Education Associate Degree


Early Childhood Education is an Associate of Applied Science Degree program that will prepare individuals to pursue a career in early childhood education. Students will analyze theoretical principles of early childhood education and apply these principles in a variety of settings such as child care centers, family day care, infant/toddler care, preschool, four-year old kindergarten or kindergarten and/or nanny care. In order to provide a variety of student teaching experiences, the following format is typically offered: Practicum 1 is a preschool placement, Practicum 2 is an infant and toddler placement, Practicum 3 is a children with differing abilities placement and Practicum 4 is a pre-K through grade 3 placement. Potential occupations include: Preschool, Early Childhood Education, Day Care Center Teacher, Child Care Director, Child Care Program Supervisor, Elementary Public School Teacher Aide.

Graduates will be able to

  • Apply child development theory to practice
  • Cultivate relationships with children, family and the community
  • Assess child growth and development
  • Use best practices in teaching and learning
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Integrate health, safety and nutrition practices