Early Childhood Education

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Early Childhood Education program is designed to prepare individuals to work within the field of early childhood education (ECE), focusing on programs serving children birth through 8 years of age. The courses are based on current ECE theory and practice, are offered in a variety of formats, and are scheduled to accommodate those who are already working in the ECE field.


Major Code: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2015 Fall
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses within the program.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for each course listed in the "Required Courses" area.
CFS/ECH176Child Development (3) OR
CFS235Developing Child: Theory into Practice, Prenatal to Age Eight (3)3
EED111Multimedia and the Early Childhood Education Classroom3
EED200Foundations of Early Childhood Education3
EED210Creative and Cognitive Play3
EED211Language Acquisition in the Young Child3
EED212Guidance, Management and the Environment3
EED215Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness3
EED220Child, Family, Community and Culture3
EED222Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight3
EED250Early Literacy Development3
EED255Portfolio Development and Writing for the Profession3
EED260Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Internship (1) OR
EED261Early Childhood Preschool Internship (1)2
(two (2) semesters of Internship are required)
EED278Early Learning: Curriculum and Instruction - Birth/Preschool3
EED280Standards, Observation and Assessment of Typical/Atypical Behaviors of Young Children Birth Age Eight3
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area.
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
MAT112Mathematical Concepts and Applications (3) or
Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course
(MAT142recommended for students considering university transfer)
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
CFS157Marriage and Family Life3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.
The following courses are recommended by the department:
FON241Principles of Human Nutrition (3) AND
FON241LLPrinciples of Human Nutrition Laboratory (1)4
  • Describe basic methods for integrating art, science, literacy, and music into a curriculum appropriate for children birth through 8 years of age. (EED210, EED250, EED278)
  • Develop a prevention and medical emergency plan for various ECE settings. (EED215)
  • Identify state regulations that relate to various ECE settings. (EED215, EED280)
  • Describe the developmental stages of children from conception through the eighth year. (CFS/ECH176, CFS235)
  • Use effective methods to motivate self-discipline in young children. (EED220)
  • Design a learning environment which encourages the intellectual and physical development of young children. (EED212)
  • Develop a curriculum appropriate to various ECE programs. (EED278)
  • Describe the nutritional needs of young children and the rules and regulations for ECE programs. (EED215)
  • Provide guidance and discipline which promote the social and emotional development of young children. (EED212)
  • Design classroom activities and materials which reflect diversity in the ECE setting. (EED210)
  • Write learning objectives that address specific teaching goals. (EED255)
  • Apply concepts of professionalism to individual work experiences. (EED255)
  • Describe assessment techniques and program design appropriate for exceptional children. (EED222)
  • Apply classroom instruction to work experiences during 80 hours per credit per semester. (EED260, EED261)
  • Describe and explain the relationship of play to learning at the early childhood level of development. (EED210, EED212, CFS/ECH176, CFS235)
  • Describe basic methods for integrating math into ECE curriculum. (EED278)
  • Develop an early childhood curriculum that encompasses art, music, literature, science, math, and language. (EED200, EED278, EED210, EED211)
  • Explain why the contrast and complementation of excitement and inhibition are important for an optimal learning environment. (EED278)
  • Develop a plan for professional growth and development. (EED255, EED260, EED261)
  • Describe appropriate scheduling, child groupings, and curricula as they relate to the age levels and ECE program. (EED212, EED278)
  • Identify specific areas of exceptional functioning in young children, including learning and exceptionalities, sensory and communication disorders, social and emotional problems, and physical and health related disorders. (EED222)
  • Use various computer software and multimedia in various ECE settings. (EED111)

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