May 26, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science | TCHR.ECHILD.AAS | Career Program
CIP Code: 19.0709
Visit Lanham Hall, Room 228A or call 301-546-0697 for your faculty advisor

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.

Students in this program are required to submit to a medical and criminal background check in order to participate in the required fieldwork courses. More information about the procedure, cost, timeline, etc. can be obtained through the Education Department Advisor. 

Participation in the required fieldwork courses is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the medical and criminal background check. If a student is denied a fieldwork placement (which is required to complete the program) due to a medical and/or background check result, the student will meet with his or her advisor to discuss options, which could include dropping the course and changing program of study.

Program Outcomes

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.
  • Discuss the skills needed to be an effective part of an educational team.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to direct a large group child care facility.
  • Discuss the skills necessary to effectively communicate with families and the community.
  • Plan, implement, assess and evaluate student learning outcomes 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 the National Association for the Education for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (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.

Required Courses (in expected order)

Program Total: 60 Credits


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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