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.
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.
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 artweb.usmd.edu and the receiving institution’s catalog to select transferable courses.