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
Communications II 3
ITEC 2360 – Teaching with Technology 3
MATH 1000 – Problem Solving or MATH 1400 – College Algebra 3-4
Social & Cultural Awareness 3
EDFD 2020 – Foundations of Education 3
Total Credit Hours: 15-16

Sophomore Year – Fall Semester

Class Credit Hours
EDEC 2000 – Engaging Families in Early Childhood Settings 3
HLED 1221 – Standard First Aid & Safety 2
EDEC 1100 – Observation & Guidance of Young Children 2
EDEC 1105 – Observation & Guidance of Young Children Lab 1
LIBS 2280 – Literature for Children 3
Lab Science 4
Total Credit Hours: 15

Sophomore Year – Spring Semester

Class Credit Hours
EDEC 1300 – Curriculum Planning and Development for Young Children 2
EDEC 1305 – Curriculum Planning Lab 1
EDEC 1200 – Administration in Early Childhood Programs 3
FCSC 2121- Child Development 4
EDUC 2800 – Capstone: Education* 1
EDEC Electives 5
Total Credit Hours: 16

* For Early Childhood it will include portfolio creation.