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Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree is designed to prepare students for employment as early childhood teachers in a variety of educational programs. Students learn effective teaching skills as they apply developmentally appropriate early childhood educational theory in the classroom setting. Courses have been selected with a focus on developing an educational career ladder. The AAS program includes additional early childhood electives and general education classes to broaden the student's base of knowledge.


Academic Plan Code: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2010 Fall
Award notes

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

This program will be replaced by: AAS/3186 Early Childhood Education

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
CFS101AHArt Activities for the Young Child1
CFS123Health in Early Childhood Settings1
CFS125Safety in Early Childhood Settings1
CFS176Child Development (3) OR
ECH176Child Development (3) OR
CFS235The Developing Child (3)3
CFS269Child Care Seminar (1) OR
ECH269Child Care Seminar (1)1
CFS177Parent-Child Interaction3
CFS282Mainstreaming the Young Child with a Disability1
CFS285AAFamily-School Interaction: Preschool1
EED200Foundation of Early Childhood Education3
ECH270Observing Young Children1
ECH271Arranging the Environment1
ECH272Science for the Young Child1
ECH273Math for the Young Child1
ECH275Literacy Development and the Young Child1
ECH279Early Childhood Curriculum Development1
ECH281Movement/Music for the Young Child1
ECH282Discipline/Guidance of Child Groups1
CFS/ECH284ABEarly Childhood Teaching Internship3
ECH287Professional Development in Early Childhood Education1
EDU230Cultural Diversity in Education (3) OR
EED220Child, Family and Community (3)3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
CFS+++++Any Child/Family Studies course
ECH+++++Any Early Childhood Education course
EED+++++Any Early Education course
EDU+++++Any Education course
ITD+++++Any Infant/Toddler Development course
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-25
General Education CoreCredits: 12-15
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment0-3
MathematicsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area3
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
EDU/ENH291Children's Literature (3) OR
Any approved general education course from the Humanities and Fine Arts area3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
CFS157Marriage and Family Life (3) OR
Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences area
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area4
  • Identify and describe the developmental stages of art during the preschool years. (CFS101AH)
  • Describe the indicators of high quality programs. (EED200)
  • Describe basic criteria for exclusion from the early childhood setting based upon symptoms of specific disease. (CFS123)
  • Identify factors which contribute to safe playground activities and equipment selection/maintenance. (CFS125)
  • Explain how music and movement contribute to the social, motor-muscular, cognitive, and emotional development of young children. (ECH281)
  • Using the perspectives of the major theorists, describe the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of children from birth through adolescence. (CFS/ECH176, CFS235)
  • Identify and compare current parent/child theories which increase parent effectiveness. (CFS177)
  • Use problem solving techniques to resolve on-the-job conflicts in early childhood settings. (CFS/ECH269)
  • Identify the characteristics of common high-incidence disabilities, determining how to adapt and modify existing curricula and environments to include them. (CFS282)
  • Design and use an instrument to ascertain the makeup, interests, needs, etc. of a preschool parents' group.(CFS285AA)
  • Develop a plan for professional growth and development, to include possible sources of formal and informal continuing education. (ECH287)
  • Identify and explain a variety of strategies used to objectively observe children. (ECH270)
  • Design a safe effective indoor/outdoor environment to meet physical, cognitive, and psychosocial developmental needs of young children. (ECH271)
  • Identify and describe a variety of areas for curriculum development to encourage scientific thinking in young children. (ECH272)
  • Identify a variety of homemade and commercial manipulatives, describing the mathematical concepts which might be learned by working with them during the preschool years. (ECH273)
  • Identify major approaches used in the field of literacy development and describe the controversies which surround each approach. (ECH275)
  • Compare and contrast current approaches to curriculum design in early childhood settings. (ECH279)
  • Describe guidance techniques which might be used to prevent or resolve behavior problems in ECH group settings, focusing on the needs of the child and the class. (ECH282)
  • Apply early childhood educational theory to practical classroom experience during 240-hour internship. (CFS/ECH284AB)
  • Describe the value of multicultural education regarding equity issues in a variety of school settings. (EDU230 or EED220)

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