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Early Childhood Education
Associate in Applied Science


The Early Childhood Education Associate in Applied Science degree program provides students with the critical Early Childhood and Child Development content necessary to compete for employment in early childhood education or in a school system as a teacher's aide.

Students may enter any quarter and participate on a part-time schedule. Students may complete the certificate program, a degree program, or take a single course of special interest. Day and evening classes are available.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program should be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the major historic events and theoretical perspectives of Early Childhood Education.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the early childhood profession and a commitment to professionalism.
  3. Demonstrate competence meeting the health and safety needs of children.
  4. Establish and maintain positive, collaborative relationships with children, families and staff.
  5. Support an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environment where all children and families can take pride in their cultural identities.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of how children differ in their development and approaches to learning and to use this knowledge to provide opportunities that support the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of all young children from birth through age eight.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to use theory, research and foundations of education when planning and implementing Early Child Education programs.
  8. Plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum and teaching practices based on knowledge of individual children, the community and the curriculum goals and content.
  9. Use individual and group guidance and problem-solving techniques to develop positive and supportive relationships with children and develop personal self -control, self-motivation and positive self-esteem.
  10. Articulate a philosophy and rationale for decisions while continually assessing and evaluating the effects of their choices and actions on others.
  11. Serve as an advocate on behalf of young children and their families, programs for young children and the working environment for early childhood educators.
  12. Model global awareness and respect for the cultural diversity of children.
  13. Examine, discuss, evaluate and critique various issues and trends in Early Childhood Education.

Recommended Course Schedule

Fall Quarter, First Year

ECED& 105 Intro Early Child Ed 5
ECED& 120 Practicum-Nurturing Rel 2
EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior 3
EDUC& 150 Child/Family/Community 3
Health & Fitness Distribution 3
  Total Credits 16

Winter Quarter, First Year

ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
WRT 105 Writing in the Workplace 5
ECED& 170 Environments-Young Child 3
ECED& 190 Observation/Assessment 3
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
  Total Credits 16

Spring Quarter, First Year

ECED& 160 Curriculum Development 5
ECED 181 Language and Literacy 5
TMATH 101 Foundational Math Concepts 5
BTEC 120 Applied Business Math 3
  Total Credits 13-15

Fall Quarter, Second Year

ECED& 107 Health/Safety/Nutrition 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
Humanities Distribution 5
  Total Credits 15

Winter Quarter, Second Year

ECED& 139 Admin Early Lrng Prog 3
EDUC& 136 School Age Care 3
HR 110 Human Relations-Workplace 5
SOC& 101 Intro to Sociology 5
  Total Credits 16

Spring Quarter, Second Year

ECED& 132 Infants/Toddlers Care 3
ECED 233 ECE Practicum II 5
EDUC& 134 Family Child Care 3
Science Distribution 5
  Total Credits 16
Updated 2014