Catalog 2023-24 
    May 18, 2024  
Catalog 2023-24 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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.

For more information about the program, please see our program page:

Credit for Prior Learning

This program may provide prior learning credit and extended learning opportunities for persons previously or currently employed in related professions.
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Special Accreditation Information

This program has special accreditation, certification, or approval from professional organizations. 
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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 individual growth and social-emotional development of learners.
  • Identify and teach the inclusion of 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 school and community resources to inform instruction for all learners.
  • Apply developmentally and culturally appropriate teaching and guidance theories, principles, and practices ensuring that learners will be stimulated and challenged with meaningful curriculum.
  • Demonstrate behavior reflective of ethical guidelines and professional practices.

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


For information about placement in a writing course, please refer to the: Writing Pathway .

Health and Wellness

Students must select one course in this general education requirement.


Student must select one course in this general education requirement.

For information about placement in a math course, please refer to the: Math Curriculum Pathway  .

Arts and Letters

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

Recommended Courses

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.


Students must complete electives as required to bring the total number of credits to 90. The following courses are recommended, but any 100- or 200-level courses may be chosen as an elective.

Arts and Letters course options

Social Sciences course options

Science / Math / Computer Science Additional Course Options

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