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Early Childhood: A.A.S.

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Associate in Applied Science

CIP Code: 19.0708


The mission of the Early Childhood A.A.S. program is to prepare students for immediate employment in early childhood settings as a Lead Teacher.  The Early Childhood A.A.S. Degree program is made up of a planned sequence of college courses that emphasize the professional practices based on child development theories.  Accessibility is offered to a culturally and socio-economically diverse population.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Use knowledge of child development and principles of early learning to determine how to effectively support the needs and interests of young children (NAEYC Standard 1).
  2. Recognize the ecological relationships that exist between the family, the educational setting, and the community within the context of diversity and cultural competencies (NAEYC Standard 2).
  3. Use various observation and documentation techniques to assess learning experiences for young children (NAEYC Standard 3).
  4. Create and implement developmentally appropriate learning experiences grounded in early childhood best practices (NAEYC Standard 4).
  5. Use knowledge of STEAM and other academic disciplines to create content-rich learning experiences (NAEYC Standard 5).
  6. Utilize ethical guidelines and professional behaviors related to early childhood best practices (NAEYC Standard 6).

Program Supervisor

Lisa Strahley, Chairperson
Teacher Education and Early Childhood Education Department
Office: Titchener Hall, Room 210
Telephone: +1 (607) 778-5029

The Early Childhood program leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree and is designed to prepare graduates for immediate employment or to enhance the skills and advancement opportunities of those already employed.

Some Early Childhood courses may meet requirements for the Child Development Associate (CDA) credentials.  ECE 110 - Introduction to Early Education (3 credits), ECE 190 Infants, Toddlers and Families (3 credits), ECE 120 - Curriculum Development (3 credits), and ECE 210 Children with Special Needs (3 credits) are recommended.

A certificate in Early Childhood may be awarded with successful completion of 32 credits of specific coursework (See ECCT advising sheet).

Teacher Certification transfer students should enroll as Liberal Arts: General Studies - Education (LAGS EDU) students for an A.S. degree.

Some Early Childhood Education courses may transfer for those seeking early childhood teacher certification. Verify with transfer institution.

Sequence of Courses

This model is a two-year course schedule for students meeting all program requirements and deciding to pursue full-time study. Schedules will be redesigned for those requiring preparatory courses or those deciding to pursue part-time study.

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