Catalog 2020-21 
    Jan 25, 2022  
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Early Childhood Educator Emphasis AAS

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Two-Year Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Early Childhood Educator Emphasis AAS degree is offered to those seeking employment in educational occupations. 

Students are provided with a well-rounded and diverse education that consists of collegiate-level general education coursework and a core of technical courses in the fields of child development and education. Students gain practical experience by completing cooperative work experience and supervised practicum in local schools, child care centers, and agencies that serve children and families.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Create developmentally and culturally appropriate learning environments and curricula to foster optimum growth and development of learners.
  • Identify and teach to differences in race, gender, ability, age, language, family composition, culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion.
  • Explain the complex characteristics of families and communities as well as the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical aspects of growth and development.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of observation techniques, assessment tools, documentation procedures as well as resources and applicable regulations/laws for all learners, specifically for those with disabilities and other special needs.
  • Apply developmentally and culturally appropriate teaching and guidance theories, principles, and practices.
  • Demonstrate participation in leadership, advocacy, personal growth, and professional development activities.

Program Requirements

All education students must successfully pass a criminal background check. 

Number of credit hours necessary for completion: 90

Required Courses

Student Success


Oral Communications

Health and Wellness

Students must select one course in this general education requirement.

Arts and Letters

A minimum of three Arts and Letters credits are required from these options.

Recommended Courses

Additional Options

Social Sciences

A minimum of three Social Sciences credits are required from these options.

Additional Options

Science/Math/Computer Science

Students must select two courses including at least one laboratory course.

Arts and Letters course options

Science / Math / Computer Science Additional Course Options

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