The Education – Early Childhood 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.

Students must complete all program requirements, including approved electives, with a grade of “C” or better.

Education Instructor and Students

Freshman Year – Fall Semester

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

Freshman Year – Spring Semester

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

Sophomore Year – Fall Semester

Class Credit Hours
EDEC 1100 – Observation & Guidance of Young Children 2
EDEC 1105 – Observation & Guidance of Young Children Lab 1
EDEC 2000 – Engaging Families in Early Childhood Setting 3
LIBS 2280 – Literature for Children 3
Lab Science I 4
**Approved Electives 3
Total Credit Hours: 16

Sophomore Year – Spring Semester

Class Credit Hours
EDEC 1300 – Curriculum Planning & Development for Young Children 2
EDEC 1305 – Curriculum Planning & Development for Young Children Lab 1
*Program Electives 5-6
**Approved Electives 6
Outcomes Assessment:
EDUC 2395 – Education Capstone 1
Total Credit Hours: 15-16