Mar 20, 2018  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Early Childhood Education, A.A.S.

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Associate of Applied Science | TCHR.ECHILD.AAS | Career Program
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Program Description

The Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program provides the educational background to teach preschool children in private early childhood centers and to direct early childhood centers.

Graduates of the Early Childhood Education A.A.S. will be able to:

  • Apply child development and learning theories when choosing developmentally appropriate practices and curriculum for specific and groups of children
  • Write effective and developmentally appropriate lesson plans
  • Differentiate lessons and activities for a variety of purposes and groups of children
  • Demonstrate the skills needed to be an effective part of an educational team
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to direct a large group child care facility
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to effectively communicate with families and the community
  • Plan, implement, assess and evaluate student learning outcomes and behavioral objectives for a variety of purposes
  • Apply multicultural principles and strategies to the planning, instruction, pedagogical, and assessment processes in a classroom
  • Demonstrate the dispositions and behaviors consistent with professional practice and ethical standards as outlined in NAEYC, InTASC, and other current professional standards

Note: All TED courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

Program Electives - choose six credits from the following:

NOTE: Select courses that you have not taken to fulfill general education requirements or the program requirements listed above.

Sequence of Study - Early Childhood Education A.A.S.

Below are the required courses for your program arranged in a suggested sequence. Please note that the sequence does not include developmental coursework. See Academic Preparation  for the developmental course sequence if applicable to you.

1st Semester

Total: 15 Credits

2nd Semester

Total: 15 Credits

3rd Semester

Total: 15 Credits

4th Semester

Total: 15 Credits

Program Total: 60 Credits

Asterisk (*) denotes a general education course.

Double asterisk (**) denotes a course that is an institutional requirement.

Triple asterisk (***) denotes a course that satisfies the culminating experience requirement for A.A.S. programs.


Credit earned at any public institution in the state shall be transferable to any other institution if the:

  • Credit is from a college or university parallel course or program;
  • Grades in the block of courses transferred average 2.00 or higher; and
  • Acceptance of the credit is consistent with the policies of the receiving institution governing students following the same program. Refer to ARTSYS at and the receiving institution’s catalog to select transferable courses.

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