The Early Childhood Education Associate of Arts degree is a four-semester program designed to prepare students for employment as teachers or aides in early childhood programs, preschools, and Head Start Programs. Students will gain background in child development as well as planning and administering early childhood educational programs. The courses will combine lecture activities with observation and participation activities in early childhood settings.

The associate’s degree will allow students to enter the workforce or further their education as early childhood professionals.

Education Instructor and Students

Freshman Year – Fall Semester

Class Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 – English I: Composition 3
EDEC 1020 – Intro to Early Childhood Education 3
Social & Cultural Awareness 3
Physical Education Activity 1
Freshman Foundations 1
Constitutional Requirements 3
Total Credit Hours: 14

Freshman Year – Spring Semester

Class Credit Hours
HLED 1221 – Standard First Aid & Safety 2
MATH 1000 – Problem Solving or BADM 1005 – Business Mathematics I 3
FCSC 2121 – Child Development 4
Communications II 3
Program/Additional Electives 3
Total Credit Hours: 15

Sophomore Year – Fall Semester

Class Credit Hours
ITEC 2360 – Teaching with Technology 3
EDEC 2000 – Engaging Families in Early Childhood Setting 3
LIBS 2280 – Literature for Children 3
Lab Science 4
Program/Additional Electives 3
Total Credit Hours: 16

Sophomore Year – Spring Semester

Class Credit Hours
EDUC 2800 – Education Capstone* 1
Program/Additional Electives 14-15
Total Credit Hours: 15-16

* For Early Childhood it will include portfolio creation.